Surrendering A Pet

Do you want to keep your pet but don't think you can?

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Re-Homing Your Pet

If circumstances require you to give up your pet, please first consider finding a new home for your pet on your own. Re-homing your pet will take time, patience and effort. However, your pet will be happier during the transition, and you have the added benefit of choosing his new family.  Make sure that you know who your pet will be going to – don’t be afraid to do your research! Use social media and ask friends and family to share. Take cute photos and provide lots of information about your pet's behavior and personality. 

Home to Home is a terrific resource that gives you access to list your pet on a website which helps find homes for pets. When a prospective family searches Home to Home, your pet's profile will appear alongside other adoptable pets who fit the search criteria. This could potentially reach someone locally or from out of the area who is looking for your kind of pet!

Please consider these tips:

  • If possible, have your pet spayed or neutered.

  • Make a list of your pet's traits. Brainstorm your pet’s appearance, personality and behavior. Do include the good and the bad. This will help you develop a short biography for your pet to give to potential adopters. Be honest so the person giving a home to your animal will know what to expect.

  • Take photos of your pet. Use the photos to make fliers to post at pet supply stores, veterinary clinics, places of worship, work bulletin boards, online bulletin boards, e-mails and in newsletters. Be sure to alert family and friends so they can tell the people in their community about your pet needing a new home.

  • Many websites offer free services for you to post info about your pet, such as Craigslist, Facebook, or If the animal is a purebred, you may be able to seek help from a breed rescue groups such as the ones listed on

  • Interview potential adopters. You want to make sure that the people adopting your pet are a good fit. Ask them about their past pets and how they will take care of your pet.

  • Be patient and stay realistic. Older animals, sick animals, and those who have medical conditions or behavioral problems can be hard to place. Keep in mind that the very problem that is causing you to give up your pet may be the same reason someone else is reluctant to adopt her.

Surrendering Your Pet to Saving Grace

Saving Grace is currently CLOSED for Cat/Kitten Surrenders through 9/30. You may call to be put on a waitlist which is first come, first served.

Please note that Saving Grace is only able to accept pets from residents of Douglas County and we are requiring appointments to surrender pets. Please call to schedule: 541-672-3907.

If you do bring your pet to the shelter, please fill out our Owner Surrender information when you come in as accurately and completely as possible. Honest answers are important and will help to ensure that your pet is placed in the most appropriate home possible. Undesirable behaviors & medical issues do not necessarily create problems. If any questions are unclear or you are uncomfortable responding for any reason, please ask to speak directly to one of our helpful team members about the issue.

Please bring along any documents, vet records or unneeded supplies for your pet.

Once you have relinquished ownership of your pet, our team will evaluate his or her health and temperament. Healthy pets who pass our behavioral evaluation may be approved for adoption right away. Pets needing further veterinary care, who are too young or need a little socialization may be placed into foster care first.