Surrender an Animal

pet-surrender-preventionThe decision to surrender your pet to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County is surely a very difficult one to make, and it’s important to have all the facts before moving forward. If you’re considering surrendering your pet due to financial hardship, behavior issues, or because you plan to move, take a look at our Resources For Pet Owners page to learn about programs like and behavior resources.

We always encourage people who need to give up their pet to first try responsibly rehoming him or her. It’s usually best to start with family and friends, but through proper screening it can be safe and secure to transfer your pet to a stranger. By rehoming your animal yourself you can avoid putting your pet through the stressful process of entering an animal shelter.

Pet Surrender Steps

If you feel you’ve exhausted your resources and must surrender your pet to the ARL, here are a few things to know.

  • We only accept animals that reside in Berks County.
  • You will be asked to complete two owner surrender forms. The first is the Owner Surrender Intake Form. Once signed, it will legally transfer ownership of your pet to the ARL. The second is the Owner Surrender Form. This form asks specific questions about your pet’s history, behavior, and the reason for your surrender. Please fill this form out to the best of your ability. You’re more than welcome to provide additional information about your pet that is not asked.
  • Bring with you all veterinary records, registration papers and any medications your pet is taking.
  • A Client Care Counselor will remind you that the ARL is an open admission shelter, and as such we cannot guarantee that any particular animal will be placed up for adoption, in which case your pet could be euthanized. These decisions are based on health, behavior and space constraints. Our Client Care Counselors cannot guarantee the outcome of any animal.
  • There is a fee for surrendering your pet. Each dog is $50 and each cat is $35.   Please be aware that the owner surrender fees are in place to help us provide for your pet once it’s left in our care (vaccinations, flea prevention, food, care, etc.).  These fees are non-negotiable