Pet Surrender

Pet Surrender

At PARL, we understand how difficult it is to make the decision to surrender your pet but also that surrendering to the shelter should be a last resort. PARL serves about 1300 homeless pets annually, and we need to allocate shelter resources as best as possible to provide the best quality of life for the animals in our care.

Please click here to review information that can help you keep or rehome your pet instead of surrendering to the shelter. Keeping your pet out of the shelter can provide them with better quality of life as well as help save the lives of other shelter pets.

Owner Surrender - By Appointment Only

If you need to rehome your pet, we can assist you by appointment only. It is important to understand that this method of managed-intake gives your pet the best possible chance of a short, happy stay in the shelter resulting in a live exit to a new home. To learn more about managed-intake and how it has benefitted the lives of thousands of other pets, click here.

To schedule an appointment please call 401.421.1399 to speak directly to a PARL staff member. Please understand that appointments may need to be booked out by at least a couple of weeks. When calling to schedule an appointment please allow about 20 minutes for staff to gather information from you about your pet.

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. Once we place an animal up for adoption, there is no set time limit for which he or she can remain up for adoption.

Preparing For the Appointment

  • Owners must be present to sign over ownership, and to provide full behavioral and medical history to staff. If the owner is unable to attend the appointment, written consent must be provided to whoever is signing over the pet on their behalf, and this person must be prepared to answer detailed questions regarding the pet's health and behavior.
  • Dogs must arrive on leash and cats/small animals must be confined in a carrier.
  • A photo ID is required. 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.
  • 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, with the understanding that items may end up in general circulation.
  • 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. It can be provided at the appointment or you can print and complete one ahead of time!
    Cat Intake Profile
    Dog Intake Profile
    Rabbit Intake Profile

    Surrender Fee

    We request a surrender fee of $55 at time of surrender. Please speak with us if you are unable to pay the surrender fee as we may be able to waive it or reduce it on a case by case basis.

    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: