Even the most dedicated pet owners sometimes find themselves in unexpected situations where they cannot keep their pets. At the ARL, we not only offer you a warm and caring place to surrender your pet, but we also offer you resources to help you through difficult situations so that you can keep your beloved companion.
In case you have exhausted all options and find yourself in a situation where you cannot keep your pet, our counselors will offer you an appointment in a supportive environment to surrender your pet. Because we want to set your pet up for success in the shelter and offer him/her every opportunity to find the best home, please know that your appointment time may be a few weeks from the time you contact us depending on available space at the shelter. We ask you to set aside at least half an hour for this appointment so we can do a thorough interview with you to learn as much as we can to ensure we place your pet in the best home. Please remember to bring all veterinary/medical records, any medications your pet takes, at least a few servings of the food they’re used to eating at home, and anything else that may make your pet’s transfer to the shelter as smooth and comforting as possible.
Because your pet will stay with us for at least a few days or longer and will need a medical exam and behavioral assessment, there is a $50 fee to surrender your cat or dog, and a $25 fee to surrender small animals (hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.).
Ways in which we can help:
- Re-homing assistance
- Litterbox challenges
- Behavior issues/training
- Food assistance
- Veterinary assistance & payment plans
- Pet-friendly housing suggestions or temporary housing
Resources for pet owners:
- Food pantry:
- Veterinary financial assistance
- Affordable spay/neuter:
- Doggie Day Care:
- Pet-friendly housing resources: