At the Connecticut Humane Society, we consider pets to be members of our families. Giving a member of your family up for adoption is a decision that should not be taken lightly. If circumstances arise that make it difficult to care for your pet, there are options for you to consider that can help you keep your beloved pet at home.
- Has your schedule changed? Maybe your family, friends or neighbors can help.
- Do you think your pet is sick? Consult your veterinarian about how to manage medical issues.
- Do you have to move? Look into pet friendly housing options.
- Is the landlord asking you to remove your pet? Make a pet resume that shows you are a responsible pet owner.
- Having trouble managing your pet’s behavior? Research training options to help your pet succeed.
- Are finances an issue? Consider these options that may help you keep your pet at home:
1. Fox Memorial Clinic for affordable veterinary care.
2. CHS Pet Food Pantry for assistance with pet food.
3. Fox Memorial Clinic, Hope Spay/Neuter Clinic, TEAM Mobile Unit for low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations.
4. PetCo and PetSmart for affordable vaccinations.
- Is your pet elderly or suffering from medical or behavior problems? If none of the options above are a possibility and you must rehome your pet, consider a foster based rescue. They are a better fit than a traditional shelter environment for special needs pets. You can find a comprehensive listing of rescues at Petfinder.com
If pet surrender remains your only option, please follow the steps below to bring your pet to the Connecticut Humane Society. CHS ia a managed admission organization and we reserve the right to accept or refuse any pet presented for surrender. CHS does not place any time limits on a pet’s stay. The number of pets accepted is determined by those adopted, freeing up space for new arrivals.
- Contact the location closest to your home for assistance and to make an appointment for surrender. The staff will listen and provide you with options that you may not have considered. If surrender seems the best option, an admission appointment will be scheduled.
- You must accompany your pet. If you are not the legal owner, than you must provide written documentation to the person who is assisting you giving permission for the pet to be surrendered for adoption.
- Complete a written Pet Personality Profile and allow the behavioral staff to conduct a temperament assessment. This information will help us determine our ability to accept your pet for adoption. For your convenience, download the Dog, Cat or Bird Profile in advance, fill it out and bring the completed form to your appointment.
- Provide an intake fee to help defray the costs of caring for your pet while he or she awaits a new home. Fees are as follows: Standard Fee - $80 per pet, Litters - $80 per litter, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs - $40 per pet, Other Small Animals - $25 per pet.
- Legally sign your pet over to CHS.
Why do you charge an intake fee? CHS asks for an intake fee to help defray the costs of caring for the pets while they await new homes. It costs an average of $800 to care for each pet. This includes vaccinations, spay/neuter and in some cases, extensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation. CHS is a private, non-profit organization and receive no federal, state or municipal funding. The support of the community makes our work possible.
Will you accept my pet if I cannot afford the fee? Yes, CHS will not refuse to help due to financial burden. Please consider providing us with a smaller donation or a future gift.
Will you accept pets with a bite history? No, CHS must consider the safety of the general public in all adoption placements. Pets with a bite history, pets who exhibit highly aggressive or unsociable tendencies during the temperament assessment, or who have been trained as attack/guard animals are not accepted into the program.
Will you accept strays? Per state law, stray dogs must be brought to your local Animal Control department. Stray cats should also be reported to Animal Control in the event that their owner has filed a lost pet report. If Animal Control is not able to assist with a cat, you may contact CHS to see if we can accept the cat for adoption.
Do you accept elderly pets or pets with health problems? Seniors, pets with limited social experience, pets with complicated behavior problems, and pets who are severely ill or injured with limited chances for rehabilitation often fare poorly in a traditional shelter environment despite the best of care. Please research all your options thoroughly before contacting CHS to inquire about surrendering your pet.
Do you offer euthanasia and cremations services for pet owners? Yes, we do. Please visit the owner requested euthanasia page for information.
What if I change my mind and want my pet back? Please contact the shelter where you surrendered your pet to discuss the options that may be available. Please note that if your pet needed spay/neuter or extensive medical care, you may be asked to pay for these services in order to get your pet back.