Giving up a pet
About 10,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals were surrendered to the Animal Rescue League last year
Each year thousands of pets will be surrendered to the ARL. Because we are an open-door shelter, no animal will ever be turned away and every effort will be made to successfully re-home your pet. Most of these animals will find loving homes. Sadly, some will not.
Before you surrender your pet:
- Ask friends, family members, and co-workers if they can give your pet a home
- Ask a behavior specialist for training tips- many behavior problems have easy solutions
- Ask us about easing introductions to new children or other animals in the household
- Ask about treatments for human allergies to pet hair and dander
- Ask our clinic staff about reduced medical care rates or pet insurance
The Animal Rescue League offers a variety of resources to help you keep your pet in a safe and loving home! If you have questions about alternatives to surrendering your pet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with information for the specific needs of your pet.
If you have no other choice but to surrender your pet, the Animal Rescue League will take your animal in and make all efforts to rehome him or her.
We request a minimum donation of $25 to offset the hundreds of dollars that it costs to take in an animal. However, because we are an open door shelter, no animal is ever turned away for any reason!
If you choose to surrender a pet, please plan to spend 15-20 minutes speaking with an Intake Counselor, so that we can collect as much background information as we can regarding your animal. You should also bring any veterinarian records you have for the pet you are surrendering. The more information you can give to us, the more likely we are to find the best solution for your pet. In addition, please have your animal on a leash or in a carrier.
Animal Intake Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please Note: By Pennsylvania law, the Animal Rescue League is unable to accept animals from out-of-state unless the following conditions are met.
PA Rabies Law
1. All dogs (except show dogs in PA for 30 days or less) must have a CVI (certified veterinary inspection) within 60 days prior to entry; with a statement that there has been no known exposure to rabies within the last 100 days and the dog does not originate from an area under quarantine for rabies.
2. All imported dogs three months of age and older need statement of a current rabies vaccination on the CVI.
1. All imported cats of any age shall be accompanied by a CVI issued within 60 days prior to entry.
2. All imported cats three months of age and older need statement of a current rabies vaccination on the CVI.
Before you surrender, give your pet the best chance at adoption!
Animals that are not spayed or neutered have a much greater risk of being surrendered by their owners because of health or behavior reasons or because they’ve produced unwanted offspring. Having your pet spayed/neutered greatly reduces or eliminates these problems and you may discover that you don’t need to give up the animal at all. We offer low-cost options to assist with these procedures.
Getting your pet appropriate vaccines before she or he enters a shelter environment is crucial to keeping him or her in good health. While the Animal Rescue League vaccinates every animal upon intake, ensuring that your pet is vaccinated prior to surrender gives that animal the best chance at staying healthy and finding a new home.
Bathing or grooming your pet prior to surrender will also increase the likelihood that she or he will be adopted out quickly.