What Happens When You Surrender a Pet

What Happens When You Surrender a Pet

by | Mar 21, 2017 | Shelter News & Developments | 0 comments

The Humane Society of Macomb understands that giving up a pet can be a very hard decision and an emotional experience. We understand that circumstances can arise where adopters are not be able to keep the pet they originally adopted. It’s important to remember that this is a hard process not only for the families involved but the animals as well. That’s why the Humane Society of Macomb has our surrender policy in place to ensure the well-being and safety of our furever friends in the event that they are surrendered to the shelter. Below are some highlights from our surrender policy.

It is always with a heavy heart we accept a surrendered pet to our shelter. This means that for one reason or another the owner has had circumstances arise where they can’t keep the pet. Fortunately, it also means the owner has put their faith in our judgement and level of care for the animal.

Surrendering an animal to the shelter means owners relinquish all rights of the pet to the Humane Society of Macomb. This means that we then assume the new role as the owner of that animal.

Once our animal is adopted we will never share information about that adoption nor can we provide previous owners with updates. We do this not to be mean or insensitive to previous owners but to protect the information and privacy of all parties involved.

The Humane Society of Macomb can provide you with many alternatives to surrendering your pet. For example, if you need help with feeding or medical tips or how to take care of certain behaviors we are happy to help. Ultimately, we believe the best place for your pet is with you. We will do everything we can to help keep your furever friend in your home. In the event a pet is surrendered to the shelter we will then act as the sole responsible party and caretaker for the pet.

As a no-kill shelter you can rest assured that your animal will live with us, be treated with respect by us, and they will get regular feeding, exercise and medical care until we find the animal its new furever home.

Separation anxiety is one of the most common problems we face with animals surrendered to the shelter. It takes time for these animals to get used to a whole new environment. For this reason, we kindly ask you to be absolutely certain that the decision you are making is a final one. Trying to visit the animal while we try to acclimate it will cause greater confusion for the animal.

Thank you for taking the time to review our Surrender Policy. At the Humane Society of Macomb we will continue to strive and advocate for the well-being of our animals. We believe our Surrender Policy will help our animals receive proper care and respect as they transition to their new furever home.