At the Chesapeake Humane Society, our goal is to help pets stay with the families they love. Pets are often surrendered for behavior problems, a new baby, perceived allergies, or because the owner is moving; however, situations like these can be managed! Before you give up your pet, take a moment to review the information on the right. If you are unable to resolve the issue on your own, give us a call or consult your veterinarian.
If All Else Fails
Pets belonging to Chesapeake residents can be surrendered to Chesapeake Animal Services. There is no set number of days your pet can stay at the shelter; however, living at a shelter long-term is not a humane way to treat any pet. Since pet overpopulation is such a pervasive problem, not every pet that is surrendered will be adopted. Pets that are not adopted in a reasonable amount of time will be transferred to an approved rescue group or will be humanely euthanized.
Increase Your Pet’s Chances
Pets that are spayed/neutered, have their shots and vet records, and exhibit good behavior will be allowed to stay longer than those who are less healthy or exhibit less desirable behaviors. Given that your pet will be scared and anxious, it’s impossible to predict or control your pet’s behavior while at a shelter. However, there are several things you can do to increase your pet’s adoptability and reduce the chance he will be returned after adoption:
- Bring your pet’s complete vet records and needed medications.
- Thoroughly document his likes, dislikes, behaviors and temperament. (Download surrender forms for cats or dogs.)
- Bathe and groom him before he arrives.
- Bring his favorite belongings, such as toys, blankets, beds, carrier, litter box, etc.
- Bring his vaccinations up to date and treat him for fleas.