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At RASKC, we understand that facing the decision to give up your pet is never easy and our goal is to offer support in any way we can. We realize that in some cases, an owner may decide to surrender their pet because they are not aware of other resources that may be available to them. If you are facing this difficult decision, we have provided the resources below to help you make the best decision for you and your pet.

Rehoming your pet on your own

Because the shelter can be a stressful place for animals, you might want to think about rehoming your pet on your own. Consider rehoming with a family member or friend, or check out these online communities that can help connect you with potential new pet parents:

Owner resources

RASKC is committed to working with you to find the best solution for you and your pet. If you might be interested in keeping your pet under certain circumstances, here are a few ways that we might be able to help:

Surrender your animal to RASKC:

If you need to bring your pet directly to the shelter, RASKC is here to help. We accept dog and cat surrenders by appointment for owners who live within RASKC’s jurisdiction. To make an appointment, please first submit this form. A RASKC representative will contact you within 72 hours to gather more information about you and your pet.

 

Note: Owner surrender appointments typically take about 30-45 minutes. Please be prepared to bring a valid photo ID and any veterinary records you may have for your animal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do I have to make an appointment to bring my pet in?

RASKC schedules appointments for owner surrendered pets to ensure that we have enough resources available when each new pet arrives. This appointment allows our team a chance to sit down with you to gather more information and discuss what the best possible options are for you and your pet.

Do you offer end-of-life services?

We know saying goodbye to your pet is never easy. RASKC offers end-of-life services to pet owners within our jurisdiction. If your pet is licensed with King County, there is no charge for euthanasia services. For unlicensed pets, there is a $50 fee.

Can I surrender multiple pets at once?

Whether we are able to accept more than one animal at a time may depend on the space we have available at that time. Please complete the form below to receive a call from an intake specialist who can talk to you about your options.

My pet had an accidental litter and I can’t keep them—what should I do?

If your pet has a litter of babies and you are able to rehome them on your own, we encourage you to review the above resources for rehoming. If you do decide to rehome on your own, you can find low cost spay & neuter locations through the ASPCA website.

If you are not able to rehome on your own, you are welcome to bring your litter to RASKC. Please complete the form below and a RASKC representative will contact you within 72 hours.

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