Surrendering a Pet

What you need to know before surrendering an animal:

  • Per our mission statement, we aim to reduce the need for euthanasia in Clay County. Therefore, we do not accept any animal that resides outside of the county.
  • We cannot intake any animal with aggression or bite history.
  • Pets must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines,and have a recent negative Heartworm or FeLV/FIV test.
  • In the case of young unaltered kittens/puppies under 4 months, we would ask for a donation to balance out the cost of spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchip.

How to submit your surrender request:

Owner must send pet surrender request via email to surrenders@safeanimalshelter.com.  It should include the following information:

  • Completed Owner Surrender Form.
  • Recent picture of the pet
  • Latest medical records (includes rabies vaccine, spay/neuter,and negative Heartworm/FeLV/FIV test)

Upon the receipt of all required information, our Kennel/Cattery Supervisor will review your request and provide surrender appointment details if the request has been accepted by the review committee.

What to bring to pet surrender appointment:

  • Your pet
  • A Valid, Government-issued Clay County Photo ID
  • Pet Medical Records
  • Cash or Check for any fees due to incomplete medical requirements if applicable

Please understand an appointment does NOTE guarantee we will intake your dog or cat, as we are a small facility with limited space. We may have a waiting list at the time you want to surrender your pet, and it may take some time.

If time is of the essence, we would recommend the use of the below re-homing websites, or to consider Clay County Animal Services (if you’re a Clay County resident).

  • rehome.adoptapet.com
  • https://home-home.org/
  • https://rehomeyourpets.com

Applicable Fees:

If your pet is not up-to-date on the medical requirements, you must pay the applicable fee, which are as follows (payable in cash or credit card):

  • Rabies Vaccination: $10 for dog or cat.
  • Spay/Neuter: $50 for dog or cat.
  • Microchip: $10 for dog or cat.
  • DA2PPV and Bordatella Vaccine for Dog, FVRC Vaccine for Cat: $10
  • Heartworm Test for Dog: $10
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV Test for Cat: $15
  • medical treatment at Veterinarian Cost: Varies

When all of the documentation is finalized, you surrender all owner rights for the pet. You cannot obtain information about whether or not the pet was adopted, current owner information, etc. The pet is evaluated and made available for adoption.

Thank you for considering us for your pet’s needs.