Pet Intake

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

If pet surrender remains your only option, please follow the steps below to bring your pet to the Connecticut Humane Society.  CHS is 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.       
  5. Legally sign your pet over to CHS.