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Surrendering a Pet

Rehoming your pet

Many services are available to help you find a new home for your pet rather than take them to a shelter. You will have peace of mind that your pet is going to a new adopter committed to caring for them, shield them from the danger and stress of a shelter, and leave space in the shelter for pets who truly have nowhere else to go.

Surrender your pet to a shelter

The Pennsylvania SPCA offers an owner surrender program for pets that meet certain criteria as space in our shelter becomes available.  For a small fee of $50, we will find a new home for your pet. The PSPCA is Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter, with a save rate of 97%.  We will never euthanize an animal for space or time. Please fill out the Owner Surrender form here.

If we are unable to accept your pet into our shelter, we will direct you to another shelter.  The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) also accepts owner surrender pets. Visit the ACCT Philly web site for more information.

Help with medical care or supplies to keep your pet at home

If you are struggling to keep or care for your pet, help is available. We want to keep as many pets in their loving homes as possible and prevent them from entering the shelter system. Visit Philadelphia No Kill Coalition for information.