Surrendering a pet
Exploring alternative options
We understand that there are many circumstances that could lead to a pet owner to consider giving up their pet(s). However, surrendering a pet should be viewed as a last resort. Please consider the following points before making a final decision:
- Seek advice from an animal trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems.
- Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues impacting your pet's behavior.
- Consider finding an alternative place to live that accepts pets.
- Check with friends and family to see if they can help provide a temporary option.
- Consult our list of pet agencies for alternate surrender locations.
Surrendering Pet Process
If you do ultimately decide that surrendering your pet is your only resource, you can surrender your pet to RASKC. Please print and fill out the applicable questionnaire(s) below:
- Dog Owner Surrender Questionnaire
- Dog Owner Separation Anxiety Questionnaire
- Cat Owner Surrender Questionnaire
- Cat Owner House Soiling Questionnaire
Please understand that RASKC takes in owner surrendered animals on a first come first serve basis, depending on available shelter capacity which can change each day. Please call (206) 296-3938 to see if the shelter is taking owner surrenders. If we are unable to take additional surrendered animals that day, we recommend you call back each day to check.
When bringing your pet to the Pet Adoption Center for surrender, please bring your completed questionnaire(s) and any veterinary records (having vet records will speed up the process for your pet).