Surrendering a Pet

surrender a pet

No longer able to care for your dog or cat?

Surrendering a pet can be a very hard decision and an emotional experience. We understand that there are times when you are not able to keep your pet. Our priority is always to work with you in the best interest of the animals and trying to keep families together. It is with a heavy heart that we accept a surrendered pet to our shelter. (If feeding your pet is an issue, please contact us about our Pet Food Bank as an alternative to surrendering.)

What do I need to Surrender my Pet?

While this is always a tough decision to make, I appreciate that you are working diligently to find a resolution and make the proper decision for what is best for the animal. While we do accept surrendered animals, we also have a few items required for us to proceed. Please see below for all requirements for surrender. Thanks, and please reach out to

  • First, contact our surrender department to make sure we have room for your surrendered pet.
  • You will also need:
    • Proof of ownership
    • Update shot record(s)
    • Heartworm Test up to date (animals >6 months old)
    • FIV Combination Test (<8 weeks)
    • $50.00 surrender fee

How do I begin the surrender process?

When space permits, we can accept surrenders and strays. We are only able to accept dogs and cats. Please call the shelter directly from 10 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm to schedule an appointment and see if we have the capacity to accept your surrender or stray.


(586) 731-9210

What if the shelter is unable to accept your surrendered pet?

We are interested in keeping your pet with you, if at all possible. We can provide you with information to help your personal situation. If there is no way for you to keep your pet, we can provide a list of rescue groups and other shelters that may be able to accept your surrender.

If you need to rehome your pet, please visit


Please note that the rehoming service from Adopt-a-Pet is not associated with the Humane Society of Macomb and we cannot guarantee or warranty any results. This link is here as a resource to help you find a solution to surrendering.