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Owner Surrender

Our animals come to us in a variety of ways.  We pull many animals from high-kill shelters, transfers from other rescues, and through owner surrenders.  There is an $80 owner surrender fee per animal. 

We unfortunately are not able to take in every animal we are contacted about. 

There are several factors that are considered in determining if we are able to take in an animal. Factors include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Current number of animals in our care

  • Age of animal to be surrendered

  • Any medical concerns

  • Spay/Neuter status

  • If the animal is up-to-date on vaccines

  • Behavior issues

  • Bite history

  • Reason for surrender

  • There is an $80 surrender fee – Cash or Venmo only


Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of animals do you take in?

Dogs and cats come to us in a variety of different ways, and there is not one specific avenue that brings our animals to our rescue. One thing is for certain though, each animal who comes through our doors comes with a story to tell, and in need of a safe, loving environment to stay in until their forever family comes to take them home.
Can I bring you my friends (relatives) cat/dog?

You must be the legal owner of any animal you wish to surrender to Where The Love Is.  When you surrender an animal, you will need to sign a contract to certify that you are the legal and rightful owner of the animal you wish to place with us.

Why won't you take my animal?

We consider a wide variety of factors when considering an animal for placement in our program.  If we are not able to accept your animal for surrender, we will do our best to explain our decision. We also can direct you to a variety of other rescues or programs that might be a better match for your particular situation.

Do you accept all breeds of dogs into your program?

We do NOT discriminate based on breed. However, we do need to maintain a variety of options for our adopters in order to viably sustain our program.  To do that, we MAY not be accepting some breeds for limited periods of times on occasion.

What if I change my mind after I surrender my animal?

Once you surrender your animal to Where The Love Is, we become the legal owners. If your situation changes and/or you change your mind, you are welcome to fill out an adoption application. Your application will be processed as any "regular" application would be, and any applicable adoption fees will apply.

Do I have to pay you to take my animal?

There is an $80 owner surrender fee per animal when we agree to accept an animal into our program. In addition, we welcome any donation towards the care of the animal. Donations can be done either at the time of surrender or later. We could always use food, blankets, toys, collars, leashes, cleaning supplies, and monetary donations to aid in the care of our pet while they are in our care.  

Why do I have to provide you with vet records?

When we have complete and accurate veterinary records, we are able to provide the best possible care and transition for the animal. Animals who are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on shots require a shorter quarantine period, and can be made available for adoption more quickly. When we obtain vet records, we have a deeper understanding of the specific animal's needs, which allows us to more effectively and efficiently get the animals ready for adoption.

I found a stray dog, can I bring it to you?

If you see a stray dog, or if one happens onto your property, the best course of action is to call your local animal control officer. 

What do you mean you have to "evaluate" my animal?

We have to ensure that your pet will be adoptable through our organization. It is not in the best interest of your pet to come into our rescue if we do not have the resources to make sure your pet can be safely placed into a new home. When we are evaluating your pet in person, it is important that we have as much information as possible regarding their history of aggression with humans as well as other animals. The more we know, the more adoptable your pet may be once they are in our care. 

If you would like to surrender your pet please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.  Even though we may not always be able to take in every animal we will do our best to help you in other ways as well!


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