Surrendering A Pet

We understand how difficult it is to give up the family pet. Every day wonderful animals are surrendered into our care – victims of a broken bond between a human and his or her companion animal.

Problems that have shattered the bond between human and animal include:

  • the animal was obtained without a firm understanding or acceptance of the commitment the relationship required
  • the animal has a behaviour problem that the owner is unwilling or unable to resolve
  • the owner is moving and is unable to find suitable housing that allows pets
  • the animal has a medical problem that the owner is unwilling or unable to resolve
  • the owner has a change in family circumstances

All of these problems lead pet owners to give up their beloved animals every day. But all of these problems can be addressed – and many of them solved – with the right interventions.

The process people go through to decide to surrender their pet is long and difficult. Before the decision is made to surrender, however, we want to let you know that we are here to help you repair that bond.

Resources Available

The Regina Humane Society has resources available to anyone in the community with questions about animal behavior. Simply give us a call at 543-6363. We’ll do our best to help you improve your relationship with your pet with some positive, knowledgeable information and advice.

The Last Resort

Sometimes, despite all efforts, the decision to give up the pet is made. We ask that you consider the Regina Humane Society the last resort for re-homing your pet because, although we take great pains to ensure a good match, we simply cannot guarantee adoption.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Many rescue organizations or breeders require adopters to return the acquired pet to them as outlined in the adoption contract.  Please check with the rescue or breeder where your pet was acquired regarding the return of your pet.  If the rescue or breeder is unable or unwilling to do so, please bring your original adoption contract with you if surrendering the pet to the Regina Humane Society.
  • Check with co-workers, family and friends to see if they would like to have your pet. It’s always comforting to know where your pet is going to live and that he or she will receive loving care.
  • Check with the source of the pet, ie: the breeder. Good ones will attempt to help you with any problems you’re having or will take their animals back.

If these steps aren’t successful, you can attempt to find your pet a home by advertising in the newspapers, at your vet clinic and local pet supply stores.

When advertising:

  • Charge a nominal fee for the animal.
  • Be honest about why you’re giving your pet up.
  • Confirm that the potential purchaser is willing to provide the necessary veterinary care for the animal.
  • Confirm that the potential purchaser will spay or neuter the pet if it hasn’t been done already.
  • Ensure that the potential purchaser is looking for a companion animal as opposed to a guard dog/outdoor pet.
  • Look for a purchaser who has as many questions to ask you, as you have to ask them. They will have a true interest in the personality of your pet and will be looking for a match.
  • Talk to the potential purchaser about the importance of obedience training, exercise and grooming. Also make sure that all of their family members meet, like and want the animal.
  • Don’t be afraid to refuse a sale if you aren’t comfortable.

Surrendering Your Pet to the Humane Society

If all else fails, contact us at 543-6363 and make an appointment to bring your pet to the Regina Humane Society.

All admitted animals immediately become the property of the Regina Humane Society and will be placed in a new home or in some cases euthanized without prior notice to the admitter.

When an animal is admitted to the shelter by its owner, we request any financial support you can provide for the care of your pet. Without your support we would be unable to care for the over 4,000 animals we receive every year.

Note:  The Regina Humane Society will accept dogs from rural areas.  However, the Society is unable to accept cats or kittens from outside of a 30 km radius of the City at this time.  Rural residents should contact their RM office, as well as any shelters or rescues operating in your area.


What to Bring With You When Surrendering

  • Print off the Feline Relinquish Form or the Canine Relinquish Form and fill in as much detail as you can prior to your arrival at the shelter. The information you give us is important in helping us to find the best options available for your pet
  • Photo identification with current address. If you do not have your current address on your photo identification then you must provide a piece of mail with your name and current address on it
  • Vaccination and medical records from your veterinarian
  • Unopened bags of pet food
  • Your pet’s favourite bedding or toy