I can’t keep my pet anymore. What are my options?
There are so many homeless pets in our community–we encourage you to try and work through issues with your pet by by getting help from your veterinarian, a pet behaviorist or even friends. Many times, alternative solutions can be found other than surrendering your pet.
The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist offers solutions to some of the issues you might be experiencing. If you decide you cannot keep your pet, please try the following before surrendering your pet to the shelter:
- List your pet in The Olympian’s pet section of the classified ads, by calling (360) 754-5454.
- Place an ad on Craig’s List. Consider charging a small re-homing fee to help screen for serious adopters.
- Make a poster using your pet’s information and picture and place it in our notebook of “Pets Looking for a New Home.” Also place the poster at local pet stores and feed stores.
- Call the Shelter to see if anyone on our Wish List is looking for your particular type of pet. People on our Wish List are mainly looking for small breed dogs and purebred dogs and cats.
- If you have a purebred dog (no papers necessary), contact Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue at (206) 654-1117 or SPDRDOGS or look up other breed rescue groups on the internet.
- Check with your vet, friends, family and neighbors to see if they know of anyone who might take your pet.
- Rebecca’s Rainbow is a resource for terminally or critically ill pet owners to find safe placement for their beloved pets.
- Adopt-a-Pet is a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.
The Shelter will accept your pet but we cannot guarantee we will be able to find it a home. We receive 130 animals each week, and sometimes do not have space to keep animals. There is a fee to leave your pet, and you will be asked to complete and sign a release form. Please call for more information prior to bringing your pet to the shelter. Directions and Hours
Please bring one of these completed pet profile forms when you come to the Shelter to surrender your pet.
Cat Personality Form
Dog Personality Form
Small Animal Personality Form