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SPCA Suncoast of West Pasco

Surrendering a Pet

There are many reasons why people can no longer care for their pets. The SPCA Suncoast of West Pasco’s staff is here to provide you with the resources you need to navigate this challenge and create the best possible outcome for your pets.  Before you surrender your pet, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Location Requirements

    We can only accept pets from Pasco County, Florida.

  • Euthanizing Information

    We don’t euthanize your dog or cat based on the length of their stay or the space we have. Our staff works tirelessly to find new, safe, and loving homes for every dog and cat.

  • Capacity Limitations

    We take as many animals as our space allows, but we love helping people find alternative solutions if possible. Our goal is to do what is best for the animal.

  • Make an Appointment

    To surrender your dog or cat, you must make an appointment. But we cannot guarantee that making an appointment will ensure that we can take your pet.

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Please remember that once you surrender your pet, you surrender the owner rights to the pet. We cannot give you additional information about whether they were adopted or their current owner.

How to Surrender Your Animal

At SPCA Suncoast, there is a process for surrendering your animal. This process ensures we can properly care for your pet and provide an easier transition during a challenging time. To surrender your pet, you’ll need to:

  • Schedule an appointment with us ahead of time.
  • Complete a Pet Surrender Form.
  • Bring your pet’s medications and special foods or a list of these items.
  • Bring your photo ID and the Pet Surrender Fee.
Alternatives to surrendering your pet

Pasco County offers many resources

Some people are able to find solutions that do not require surrendering their pets to us. Many people can rehome their pets with friends or neighbors. In addition, our experienced staff may be able to help you find a solution. We may be able to help you connect with the right resources.

$ 25 Surrender Cat
  • Lost Animal Surrender
  • Owner-Surrender
$ 50 Surrender Dog
  • Lost Animal Surrender
  • Owner-Surrender

Costs Associated With
Surrendering Your Pet

Surrendering an animal should be the last resort due to severe pet overpopulation in New Port Richey and surrounding areas. This leads to crowded shelters and a lack of resources. Because shelters operate with limited spacing, owner-surrendered pets have a high risk of euthanasia.
We will attempt to rehome animals by:

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that life can sometimes throw curveballs and as the guardian of a pet, you may have lots of questions regarding the future well-being of this animal. Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the tough time of surrendering an animal. 

No, animal surrenders are by appointment only. Please fill out the form on our contact page or call (727)849-1048 to set up an appointment. 

  • Dogs require a current rabies vaccine and a heartworm test within 6 months of surrendering.
  • Cats require a current rabies vaccine and a FeLv/FIV test within 6 months of surrendering.

Call Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) at 813-929-1212. We do not take strays.

No. We accept dogs and cats only

We accept all major credit cards and cash. Personal checks are accepted for donation only, not adoption.