Surrendering Your Pet
Surrendering Your Pet
Admissions Department Hours
Our Admissions Department is open for appointments:
|Monday – Sunday||11 AM–6 PM|
Check our Holiday Hours page for special event hours and holiday hours.
Do you need help with your pet?
There are alternatives to surrendering your pet to our shelter.
- Contact us about pet retention resources to keep your pet.
- Contact our Behavior and Training Department for tips and resources.
- Post your pet on our private rehoming listings.
- Learn more about end-of-life euthanasia services.
Want to find out more about available options? Schedule a call Monday through Sunday. One of our Admissions Counselors will call you between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss alternatives and available resources.
Read the following thoroughly, then schedule an appointment and complete the required profile.
What to bring with your pet to your pet surrender appointment:
- A driver’s license or other government-issued ID.
- Your pet’s up-to-date veterinary records.
- View Pet Surrender Fees listed in the tab at the bottom of this page.
One pet surrendered per appointment or one litter of puppies/kittens/rabbits per appointment.
Understand that placing your pet in a shelter will be stressful and difficult for them, and should be the last resort. If you would like to discuss alternatives to pet surrender, please schedule a call first.
What if it’s not my pet?
If you have found a stray animal, contact your local animal control services. If you are surrendering on behalf of an owner, please contact the Admissions Department. We can help you determine how to get permission from the legal owner so we can take the animal. Please contact us for information if you have any questions.
SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TO SURRENDER YOUR PET
The Humane Society of Utah helps over 11,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets in need of finding new loving homes each year. Over 90 percent of the animals in our care are placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other trusted animal welfare organizations. Our commitment is to find placement for every healthy and treatable pet in our care. A health examination, behavior assessment, and history review will determine if your pet is suited for our adoption program. A fee is requested when you relinquish your pet to offset the cost of this evaluation and rehoming process.
About Our Admissions Department
- The Humane Society of Utah works with our community to find the best possible solution and outcome for both you and your pet.
- Please read the information on this page before scheduling your pet surrender appointment below. Pet admissions are handled by appointment only through our Coordinated Entry System.
Watch this video about our Admissions Department.
What can we accept?
The Humane Society of Utah is the state’s largest, private 501(c)3 animal welfare facility that accepts owner-surrendered pets and transfers from other animal shelters and rescue groups. An “owned” animal is an animal for which a person can provide proof of ownership through bill of sale, purchase/adoption contract, veterinary records, license, and microchip.
We do not accept:
- Stray animals or animals found at large, which are the responsibility of your municipal animal shelter and should be taken to the local animal control services for the area where the animal was found.
- Wildlife and livestock.
- Healthy feral or friendly stray cats. We may recommend local TNR or Community Cat Programs.
- Pets such as reptiles, fish, mice, or exotic animals. We encourage you to contact a rescue group that specializes in these species. Please contact your local animal control services or a rescue group specializing in your animal if you have a question.
- An animal that has bitten someone in the past 10 days. By law, you must notify your local animal control services or health department and place your animal on a bite quarantine.