Surrendering A Pet

Are you considering giving up your pet? You are not alone. Half of the pets that come to HSSM each year are given up by their owners. The decision to give up your pet can be a difficult one but HSSM is here to help. HSSM may be able to offer you alternatives to giving up your pet. If the reason you are thinking of surrendering your pet is financial, or because you are moving, we may be able to help. Please talk over your decision to surrender with an Animal Care Associate by calling our Surrender department at 228-863-3354 ext. 3824 or 3825. Even if you do decide to give up your pet, take a peek at HSSM’s information and tips on Re-Homing a Pet so that HSSM can be your very last resort! Surrendering a litter of puppies or kittens? Click here for information on ways to re-home responsibly or ways HSSM may even be able to offer FREE spay/neuter for the parents of your litter! If you have exhausted all options and you decide to surrender your pet to HSSM, please follow the steps below.

Pet Surrender Process

  1. Please call the Surrender Department at 228-863-3354 ext. 3824 or 3825 to set up an intake appointment.
  2. Please bring any and all registration papers, Veterinarian records, medications, etc. for each pet.
  3. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier to HSSM’s Lost & Found/Surrender Entrance. If you need assistance getting your pet(s) out of your car, please come in and speak to an Animal Care Associate.
  4. When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out paperwork relinquishing ownership of your pet(s) and transferring said ownership to HSSM.
  5. You will also be asked to fill out an Owner Information Sheet about each pet. This information is very important as it helps us know more about your animal and assists in getting him/her adopted into a fitting home. You can download and fill out these sheets ahead of time to expedite your process!
  6. Each pet HSSM takes in is given a set of vaccinations that cost approximately $15. To help offset these costs, HSSM asks for a nominal Animal Care Fee when you are surrendering your pet(s). These fees are as follows:HSSM staff will remind you that as an open-admission shelter, pets left at HSSM are at risk of euthanasia. While we strive to save each and every healthy and treatable pet that enters our doors, this is currently not the case and your pet could become at risk for euthanasia. Click here for a sample euthanasia statement of understanding.
    • 1 animal with an appointment is $40.
    • 2 or more animals with an appointment is $50.
  7. HSSM staff will remind you that as an open-admission shelter, pets left at HSSM are at risk of euthanasia. While we strive to save each and every healthy and treatable pet that enters our doors, this is currently not the case and your pet could become at risk for euthanasia.

Surrendering A Litter?

Thinking of surrendering a litter of puppies or kittens to HSSM? Whether one of your pets produced the litter or you just happened upon the helpless group, HSSM can offer some special opportunities to people surrendering litters.

80-90% of puppies and kittens given away for free will NEVER see a Veterinarian and NEVER be spayed or neutered.

Because of this, HSSM offers the following services to better serve the puppies and kittens of our community:

My Dog Had A Litter of Puppies

Rather than giving the litter away for FREE, if you bring in your litter of puppies to HSSM, we can offer the parents of your litter FREE spay/neuter upon the surrender of your pups.

That’s right! Bring us your dog’s puppies and we will fix your dog(s) (both Mommy and Daddy!). If you are planning on taking us up on this offer, please let the Animal Care Associate know when you book your Intake Appointment at 228-863-3354 ext. 3824 or 3825.

I Found A Litter of Kittens

If you find a litter of kittens in your neighborhood or around your business, first call HSSM’s Louise Fenner Claiborne Spay Neuter Clinic at 228-863-3354 ext. 3829 or 3830. Our Community Cats program may apply to your kittens or the cats in your neighborhood or around your business. We also may be running a spay/neuter special for cats, so that your kittens can lead longer, healthier lives and never have to enter the shelter!

There are certain times of the year when HSSM sees spikes in the number of kittens being brought into HSSM… we call this period “Kitten Season.” This usually occurs in the Spring and Summer and causes severe overcrowding in the shelter. Click here to find out more about “Kitten Season” and take advantage of HSSM’s Spay/Neuter program to help end cat overpopulation and ensure every kitten born in our community gets the chance he/she deserves!

If you are still thinking of finding homes for your litter, please have them fixed and seen by a Veterinarian.

Check out HSSM’s Re-Homing A Pet page for tips!