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 and Distemper vaccines and Heartworm test.
    • For cats: Rabies and Distemper vaccines and Feline Leukemia test.
  • We offer a suggested donation amount for surrendering animals to Pet Haven. This isn’t mandatory, yet it’s appreciated.

What We Are Unable To Do:

  • We are unable to accept animals with extensive vetting needs
  • We do not offer temporary foster homes
  • 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 cannot provide immediate surrender services
  • It is very difficult to place animals with human aggression tendencies, bite histories, separation anxiety, or other 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. 


 dog surrender questionnaire


 cat surrender questionnaire


  1.  Pet Haven reviews the Intake Questionnaire and responds via email (please check spam folder) within 3 business days. We realize this is often a stressful time and we ask for your patience.
  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.

Release Forms (to be submitted at the time of transfer only):

Cat Release form


Dog Release form

More information

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