Pet Surrender

Pet Surrender

At PARL, we understand how difficult it is to make the decision to surrender your pet. Our goal is to make the process straight forward and comfortable for both you and your pet.

If you are still unsure about the decision to surrender a pet, you can contact Chelsea, our Pet Retention Specialist at 401-421-1399 x216 or to learn more about possible resources to help you keep your pet.

If you have already made the decision to surrender your pet, please review the following information to help prepare you for your appointment.

Make an Appointment

  • Appointments are scheduled to allow for adequate time to provide the best possible assistance for you and your pet.
  • Appointments can be scheduled with our front desk staff Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm (Thursdays 12:30pm – 4:00 pm).
  • Please call (401) 421-1399 or e-mail us at: to speak with our staff and schedule your appointment.
  • When scheduling your appointment, staff will discuss details about your animals medical history and behavior in order to provide the best options available for your pet.

    Items to Bring

  • The owner – Owner’s must be present to sign over ownership, and to provide full behavioral and medical history to staff.
  • The pet – Dogs must arrive on leash and cats/small animals must be confined in a carrier.
  • Photo ID – This is important to confirm address and verify ownership as needed.
  • Medical Records – Contact your veterinarian prior to your appointment to receive copies of all medical records. At minimum, if you do not have records available, please bring contact information for your veterinarian.
  • Special Items – Any small items that may make your pets stay here easier can be donated to the shelter. Special toys, treats, food or other supplies are accepted and will be used for your pet when appropriate.

    During the Appointment

    Please check in at the Front Desk to let them know you have an appointment. They will direct you to our Appointment Room where you will meet with an Intake Specialist to complete your appointment.

    Staff will ask for a photo ID and have you complete an Intake Profile. This profile is used to inform staff about your pet’s behavior in a home and help us plan for an appropriate adoptive home. (You can print and complete one ahead of time!)

  • Cat Intake Profile
  • Dog Intake Profile
  • Rabbit Intake Profile

    During this time, our Intake Specialists will enter your information and your pet’s information into our database and review our surrender contract with you. They will also ask lots of questions about your pet’s behavioral and medical history to ensure we provide them with everything they need to be successful in an adoptive home.

    Once the profile and surrender contract are complete, the surrender appointment is complete and the owner can leave.

    Surrender Fees

    We ask for a surrender fee to help cover the cost of your pet’s care while he or she stays with us. This fee allows PARL to continue to care for your pet and the thousands of animals that we receive on a yearly basis by helping to defray the cost of providing veterinary services, food, and shelter.

  • Single Animal or litter of kittens/puppies - $55
  • Rabbits - $15
  • Other Small Animals - $10

    The Providence Animal Rescue League makes every effort to place healthy, friendly animals into loving forever homes. However, we cannot guarantee the placement of your surrendered pet. The placement of an individual dog, cat or other animal for adoption at our shelter is based on an evaluation of his or her health and temperament, as well as available kennel space. Once we place an animal up for adoption, there is no set time limit for which he or she can remain up for adoption.

    After the Appointment

    After the owner has signed the animal over to PARL and left, the first stop for new animals is to visit our clinic where they receive an initial exam, vaccinations, deworming, and flea treatment.

    Once our Medical team has completed the intake procedures, the animal is then routed to an appropriate location in the building.

    Following a settling-in period (this varies for each individual animal), animals receive a behavior evaluation and plans are made to prepare them for adoption. Also during this time animals will be spayed/neutered and receive a microchip.

    Previous owners are welcome to call or e-mail to check on how their pet is settling-in and to find out where they are in the process. Each animal is different; some will be ready to be adopted in only a few short days of arriving, others require several weeks of care before they are ready for a new home.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, or are in need of using this service, please contact our staff at: (401) 421-1399 or e-mail us at:

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