If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of owning an animal that you can no longer care for, we can help. For example, if your pet is experiencing behavior problems, our Parks and Recreation Division offers obedience classes or we invite you to attend one of our free Dog Smarts 101 classes.
Our first goal is to help you keep your beloved pet with you throughout its lifetime. But we recognize there are many reasons to surrender a pet that are beyond an owner’s control.
Common Reasons for Surrendering a Pet
According to studies, the most common reasons for surrendering a pet are:
- Landlord does not allow pets
- Too many animals in the household
- Cost of pet maintenance
- Owner having personal problems
- Inadequate facilities
- No homes available for litter mates
- For dogs, additional reasons include no time available for pet, pet illness and biting or behavior problems
- For cats, additional reasons include allergies, house soiling and incompatibility with other pets
Before Surrendering Your Pet
Surrendering a pet to a shelter should be a last resort! Before taking your dog or cat to a shelter, you should do all you can to find your pet a new home on your own!
- Distribute flyers about your pet in your immediate area. Someone in your neighborhood may want to adopt your animal and give it a good home.
- Place an ad in the newspaper.
- Check with:
- Veterinary offices
- Pet groomers
- Pet boarding kennels
To see if any of these resources are interested in your pet or know someone who may wish to adopt your pet.
Options for Surrendering a Dog or Cat
- A not-for-profit rescue organization may be able to take your pet and place it for adoption. Call the Florida Humane Society at 954-974-6152, or Abandoned Pet Rescue at 954-728-9010.
- The Humane Society of Broward County always accepts cats and dogs, although they cannot guarantee your pet will be adopted. Call 954-989-3977.
- You can bring your animal to Broward County Animal Care Adoption Center*. Bring proof of ownership, such as a photo of you with your pet, or veterinarian bill. There is no fee involved. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that your pet will be adopted.
*Please Note: If you are not a resident of Broward County, you will be charged a $75 fee for each pet you surrender to us.