Surrender a Pet
Please complete form above and
Fax: 772-589-4403 or
Please remember to email a photo of the pet you need to surrender.
Do’s and Don’ts
If you have to give up your pet,
please do the right thing!
DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.
DON’T give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.
DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home. Shelters receive many pets from people who knew the previous owners and wanted to help them by taking in a pet, but who did so without realizing the efforts involved in keeping the animal.
DO call us if you have exhausted all other possibilities.
We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. But before making the decision to surrender a pet, please consider all of your options.
Contact the shelter first and one of our handlers may be able to help you solve the problem. Also keep in mind many problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. We can help! Visit our Spay/Neuter page to learn about our low cost voucher program. Reach out to friends and relatives who might be able to give the pet a loving home.
If you must surrender a pet, please follow the advice below.
What to Expect
Surrendering ownership of your pet
In order to best help your pet, we ask that the surrender form be completed, along with a photo of the pet or pets. With the application, we gather all the information we and a future adopter might need about your pet. We also determine if your pet is a good candidate for our adoption program. We will not place an animal for adoption that is a danger to the community.
Please call us at 772-589-7297 to further discuss surrendering your pet. You will be required to sign a release form giving HALO legal ownership of the animal. Once you have signed the release statement, you may not reclaim your pet, so please be sure that you have made the right decision for you and your pet. You are welcome to call HALO to check on the pet’s status.
Pet’s medical recordsIt is extremely important for you to bring any medical records you have for your pet. A lack of medical information can delay the time it takes to evaluate your pet, and thus delay its availability for adoption.
Pet personality profile
Our surrender application will ask detailed information about your pet's health, behavior, habits, likes, and dislikes is really helpful to people considering your pet for adoption and helps us decide what kind of home would be best for it.
Please be honest when answering these questions; let us know if your pet has a history of biting, refuses to use the litter box, has a serious or chronic medical condition, or any other problem. Your answers help to determine whether or not your animal should be put up for adoption. It is unfair to pass on severe behavioral or medical issues to another family.
This does not mean we will not accept your pet into our adoption program if they have bitten or have medical needs, but we need to make sure we are prepared to handle and treat them to the best of our ability.
Note: Pets adopted from HALO, are required by contract to be returned here if you can no longer keep them. If you have adopted from us, it is possible to do a contract, at no charge, with the friend or relative you’ve chosen to care for your pet. This contract can protect your pet for the rest of its life including transferring the pets microchip information.