Due to the high volume of requests we are currently receiving applications are taking longer to process. We ask for your patience.

We recognize that surrendering a pet is sometimes unavoidable. We are here to help.

What to know:

  • If you’d like some options for affordable vet clinics, websites on training and behavior, and contact information for local professional trainers, please check out our Resources page.
  • We request that you fully disclose your pet’s traits. This will help us make an informed decision as to whether we can place your pet in a compatible foster home.
  • Due to the number of surrender applications we receive, it may take weeks (possibly longer) to place an animal in a foster home.
  • We request that you help us help your animal by updating their vaccines.
    • For dogs: Rabies vaccine, Distemper vaccine, Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine, and 4DX test.
    • For cats: Rabies and Distemper vaccines and FeLV/FIV test.
  • We offer a suggested minimum donation of $40 for surrendering animals to Pet Haven. This isn’t mandatory, yet it’s appreciated and helps us be able to take in more pets in need.

What We Are Unable To Do:

  • We are unable to accept animals with extensive vetting needs, such as animals who are terminally or chronically ill
  • We do not offer temporary foster home placement at this time
  • We cannot accept stray or found animals:
    • The finder must report the animal to the city in which it was found.
    • The animal must undergo whatever stray hold that the city requires (this is solely dependent on the jurisdiction the animal was found in; some allow finders to hold the animal while others must be brought to a shelter).
    • An animal is not considered legally available for transfer until it has undergone a 5-day stray hold.
  • We cannot perform TNR (trap neuter return) services. We do not have the resources.
  • We cannot provide immediate surrender services. It can take up to 2 weeks or more to find a foster home.
  • It is very difficult to place animals with human aggression tendencies, bite histories, separation anxiety, or severe behavior problems.

Owner Surrender Process

  1. Complete Pet Haven’s Intake Questionnaire. Please note: Submitting this form does not guarantee that Pet Haven will be able to take the animal. 
  2. If you have questions prior to filling out the application please email Skeer@PetHavenMN.org


 dog surrender questionnaire


 cat surrender questionnaire


  1.  Pet Haven reviews the Intake Questionnaire and responds via email (please check spam folder) within 3-5 business days. We realize this is often a stressful time and we ask for your patience. We are currently receiving an incredibly high volume of requests.
  2. If approved you will be required to sign a release form. We also request a donation of $40.
  3. Upon signing the release agreement, Pet Haven takes ownership of the animal and finds a suitable foster home.

How to find a home for your pet on your own (Adopt-A-Pet)

How Adopt-A-Pet Works

  • Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress-free both for you and your pet. Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit pet adoption website, has created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.
  • You can create a pet profile, review applications, meet adopters, and complete a pet adoption application on your own! We strongly suggest requiring an adoption fee and doing an in-person home visit and background check. Click the image below to get started.


Release Forms

**Please do not complete until your pet has been transferred to Pet Haven

Cat Release form


Dog Release form

More information

Are you looking for help or support?  Click here for advice on pet behavior and training.