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Pet Surrender

Resources to Consider Before Surrender*

We understand how difficult it is to make the decision to surrender your pet. In most cases, surrendering your beloved animal companion is a last resort and is a difficult and emotional experience for you and your pet. Before making a final decision, please follow the links below relating to your particular situation. We sincerely strive to keep pets with their families and hope these resources are helpful.

MY CAT/DOG HAS BEHAVIOR ISSUES

I HAVE ALLERGIES

MY DOG/CAT HAD AN UNEXPECTED LITTER

I NEED TEMPORARY CARE FOR MY PET (FOSTER SITUATION)

I CAN'T AFFORD TO CARE FOR MY PET ANYMORE

I AM HAVING TROUBLE FINDING PET-FRIENDLY HOUSING

I'M PREGNANT/HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN

I FOUND A FERAL CAT

 

rehome by adopt-a-pet.com & the petco foundation*

Rehome Link to Learn More

Despite our best efforts and loving care, the shelter environment can be very stressful for animals. If you're able to keep your pet in your home while searching for placement, or awaiting a surrender appointment at PARL, please consider using a rehoming services like Rehome. You can create a profile for your pet, screen applications, and complete the rehoming process with guidance from Adopt-a-Pet.com. Adopt-a-Pet will charge the adopter a fee, which will benefit a shelter of your choice. 

PARL does not recommend posting your pet on websites and community pages such as Craigslist. Many 'Free to a Good Home' cases have resulted in animal cruelty or scams. 

 

Making a Surrender Appointment at PARL

PARL is an open adoption shelter that manages intake, meaning we accept surrenders by appointment to make sure we have the proper resources and space to help your pet. Sometimes, especially during Covid-19, our facility is full to current capacity and all appointments are booked. In these cases, we may use a Wait List or refer you to other organizations and agencies that may be able to help. 

Please complete a Surrender Profile for your animal(s) and we will connect with you as soon as possible. The profile helps us to better understand your pet(s) and their unique situation and individual needs. Please be as thorough and honest as possible. Thank you!

Dog Surrender Profile Cat Surrender Profile Rabbit Surrender Profile Small Mammal Surrender Profile
 

Preparing For the Appointment

  • Please bring any small items that may make your pet's transition easier (favorite toy, treats, food or other supplies). We make our best effort to keep these items with your pet throughout their stay and passed on to their future adopter. 
  • 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 whomever is signing over the pet on their behalf. 
  • Dogs must arrive on leash and cats/small animals must be confined in a carrier. 
  • A photo ID is required with all surrenders.
  • Medical Records - Please plan ahead and 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.

AFTER THE Appointment

  • 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 within a week of arriving, others require several weeks of care before they are ready for a new home.