Releasing your pet to the Humane Society can be a difficult decision to make. We want you to know that we understand and appreciate your efforts to come to us where your animal will be safely and humanely cared for.
Please realize that releasing an animal to The Humane Society is a final decision, as you will be transferring ownership of the animal to us. We will do what we feel is in the best interest of the animal, using our experience and available resources.
We strongly advise that you include all members of your immediate family and/or household in your decision to release the animal prior to bringing your pet to our organization.
Many unwanted animal behaviors can be corrected, enabling pets to successfully remain in the family. If you would like information about training or other solutions for keeping your pet, please call us at 360-642-1180. We will be happy to assist you or refer you to others who can help.
- Do you live in South Pacific County, Washington? The vast majority of pets we accept are from South Pacific County. As space is available, we accept pets from Wahkiakum County. Pets from North Pacific County, WA or Clatsop County, OR, will be referred to the appropriate rescue for their area.
- Is your pet human aggressive? Unfortunately, we do not have the resources at this time to rehabilitate feral or aggressive pets. Please read about our Feral Cat and Trap-Neuter-Release Program. For aggressive pets, please contact your veterinarian or a trainer for recommendations. We can help with referrals, if needed.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept pets that don’t clear these criteria.
- Call to make an appointment. Our Shelter is very busy and if you walk in without an appointment, you may find yourself waiting quite awhile.
- Plan for evaluation time. Your pet must be evaluated prior to acceptance to ensure they do not have human aggression, are from South Pacific County, WA, and are in an adoptable condition. These decisions are complex and dependent on the pets in our care at the time of the surrender.
Because we are a non-profit organization operating with volunteers, we have established the following fee schedule for pet surrenders. This fee helps ensure we can continue to provide quality care.
If you cannot afford the surrender fee, please talk to us. Sponsorships may be available.
We try to keep the animal as long as he remains healthy and well-adjusted to the kennel environment. We attempt to place the animal in a responsible home where the animal will be considered a part of the family and a friend for life. If we determine the animal has a higher chance of adoption at another shelter, we may “trade pets” with them. When this is done, it is always with another no-kill shelter or with the provision the pet will be returned to us rather than euthanized.
If any serious mental/physical disease factor is found, the animal will be euthanized (humanely put to death). Many times the kindest, most humane act we can do for an animal is to euthanize him. Regardless of our decision, the animal will be treated in a loving, humane manner.