Before You Surrender Your Pet

The decision to surrender your pet to the Louisiana SPCA is surely a very difficult one to make, and it's important to have all the facts before moving forward. If you're considering surrendering your pet due to financial hardship, behavior issues, or because you plan to move, take a look at our Resources page to learn about programs like our Food Pantry and for behavior resources.

We always encourage people who need to give up their pet to first try responsibly rehoming him or her. It's usually best to start with family and friends, but through proper screening it can be safe and secure to transfer your pet to a stranger. You can find some detailed tips here. By rehoming your animal yourself you can avoid putting your pet through the stressful process of entering an animal shelter.

Pet Surrender Steps

If you feel you've exhausted your resources and must surrender your pet to the LA/SPCA, here are a few things to know:

  • Animals are accepted only by appointment. Call (504) 368-5191 ext 152 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.
  • Complete and print out the required corresponding OWNER SURRENDER FORMS. There are two forms:
  •   Our Owner Surrender Intake Form, once signed, will legally transfer ownership of your pet to the Louisiana SPCA.
  •   The Owner Surrender Form asks specific questions about your pet's history, behavior, and the reason for your surrender. Please fill this form out to the best of yourability.       You're more than welcome to provide additional information about your pet that is not asked.
  • Bring with you all veterinary records,registration papers, and any medications your pet is taking.
  • Your appointment will take 30-45 minutes and will include a health exam and a behavior evaluation of your pet.Placement onto our adoption floor will be based on a variety of factors of which are the results of the exam and evaluation.
  • After all information has been gathered and the animal's evaluation is complete, we will then discuss your options with you, so you can make the best decision for your pet.
  • There is a fee for surrendering your pet:Your Client Care Counselor will remind you that the Louisiana SPCA is an open admission shelter, and as such we cannot guarantee that any particular animal will be placed up for adoption, in which case your pet could be euthanized. These decisions are based on health, behavior, and space constraints and our Client Care Counselors cannot guarantee the outcome of any animal.  
    • For Orleans Parish Residents:
      • $15 for the first animal; $5 for each additional animal
    • For non-Orleans Parish residents, we strongly encourage you to take your pet to your Parish Shelter. The LA/SPCA is the Orleans Parish shelter and is not funded to handle pets from other Parishes. As an open admission shelter, you will not be turned away if you would prefer to surrender your pet to the LA/SPCA. Fees are as follows:Owner Surrender fees help cover the costs that are immediately expended on every animal that comes through our doors. All animals are vaccinated, tested for various conditions, given flea prevention, and fed and cared for which adds up to over $20 in costs. By paying this fee for your pet you are helping to defray these costs.
      • $25 for the first animal; $10 for each additional animal
      • Additional owner surrender fees may apply

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