Surrendering a pet

Animals are accepted only by appointment. Call 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738) to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.

Animal Humane Society helps thousands of dogs, cats, and critters in need find loving homes each year — and no animal is ever turned away. We take in every animal surrendered to us regardless of its health, age, breed, or behavior. Last year, more than 95 percent of the animals in our care were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other animal welfare organizations.

We understand that parting ways with an animal can be especially difficult and we're committed to working with you to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.

Making a surrender appointment

Call our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738) to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to Animal Humane Society. You may bring your pet to any one of our four locations in the Twin Cities metro area.

What to bring to your appointment
  1. A driver's license or other government issued ID.
  2. Your pet's surrender form. Find the appropriate surrender form below. If you do not have access to a printer, please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete the forms. Our goal is to find a happy home for every healthy and treatable animal, which we can achieve by knowing more about the animals that come into our care.
  3. Your pet’s veterinary records.
  4. Your pet's surrender fee, listed below. The cost to care for and re-home pets can be hundreds of dollars for each animal. We ask for a surrender fee to help subsidize this cost. The fee is non-refundable and is not dependent on the outcome you choose for your pet after its evaluation.
Required form Fee
Canine profile $50 each, $85 for litters of two or more
Feline profile $50 each, $85 for litters of two or more 
Rabbit profile $30 each, $45 for litters of two or more 
Ferrets, chinchillas*  $30 each
Other small animals and birds* $10 each

* A profile form is not required for ferrets, chinchillas, other small animals and birds.

What to expect at your appointment

Your appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will include a health exam and behavior evaluation of your pet. After we've gathered information about your pet and the animal exam and evaluation are completed, we'll discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for your pet.

Please note that Animal Humane Society is an open-admission organization that accepts all animals. As a result, not all animals are able to be placed for adoption, and humane euthanasia may be considered in some cases.

Surrender FAQ

Why do I need to make an appointment to bring in a pet?

In order to ensure resources are ready and available when a pet arrives, Animal Humane Society requires a scheduled surrender appointment. Without an appointment process, we would have no control over the number of pets that come into our care each day, and our ability to provide the best possible care for each animal would be hindered.

What if I don't want to make an appointment?

If you don't want to schedule an appointment, we will refer you to other rescues and shelters or provide rehoming information to help you rehome your pet yourself.

What types of pets does AHS accept?

Animal Humane Society provides services for cats, dogs, rabbits, domestic rodents (rats, mice gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, degus), ferrets, hedgehogs, and small birds. We do not accept exotic pets (such as reptiles, large birds like cockatoos and amazons) or livestock (such as chickens, pigs, and goats). If you have an exotic pet or livestock, we can refer you to a rescue or other resource that might be able to help

Does AHS accept strays?

Yes! Learn more about bringing a found stray to AHS.

Can I find out what happens to my pet after it's surrendered to AHS?

Yes. If you contact AHS, we'll let you know if your pet was adopted or placed with a rescue partner. However, we will not share adopter contact information or details about the rescue partner to which your pet is transferred.

Last year, more than 95 percent of the animals in our care were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other animal welfare organizationsAHS has not euthanized a healthy animal for any reason since 2011, and there is no time limit for animals in our care. If we determine your pet cannot become healthy or suitable for placement, and euthanasia is the most humane option, you may reclaim your pet.

We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. Before making the decision to surrender, please consider all of your options. Learn more about alternatives to surrendering your pet.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline