We understand that sometimes life changes and your pet may no longer be able to live with you.  This is a big decision, so we encourage you to consider  alternatives to surrendering before booking a surrender appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SURRENDERS

In an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and with our priority on keeping people and pets in our community healthy and safe, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has modified its services, with some now available by appointment. Please visit our COVID-19 updates page for full details. At this time only Emergency surrenders can be accepted. Please ensure you have explored all other options prior to reaching out to the Edmonton Humane Society. Read more here…

Surrendering Your Pet

We understand that surrendering a pet can be a difficult and emotional decision to make, and appreciate that you are doing what is best for your pet and your family.

Before You Surrender

Surrendering a pet to a shelter should be a last resort after exploring all other options. Before you proceed with requesting a surrender appointment, we recommend looking into the following resources depending on your situation:

We also suggest trying to re-home your pet privately with the help of family and friends. A shelter environment is unfamiliar for most pets which can be stressful, so it is often best for your pet if they can go straight into another home without having to come to a shelter.

To request an appointment:

All surrenders at the Edmonton Humane Society are done by appointment only. This way we can prepare for your pet’s arrival and ensure we have the space and resources available at our shelter to provide the best possible care. Please note that at this appointment we will require proof of ownership, or proof that you have the authority to surrender the dog on behalf of the owner.

To ensure we do not go overcapacity while restrictions are in place due to COVID-19, each surrender request is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our admitting team at 780-491-3522 or email us at admissions@edmontonhumanesociety.com so our team can find out more information about your situation and explore potential solutions with you.

Booking your appointment:

If we are unable to admit your animal, we will do our best to provide alternative options or we may put you on our waiting list.

Please do not bring your pet to our shelter unless an appointment has been booked, as we may not have space available. If you have an emergency situation, please call us at 780-491-3522 or email: admissions@edmontonhumanesociety.com.

What to bring to your appointment:

  • A driver’s license or other government issued ID.
  • Your pet’s veterinary records, if you have not emailed them in advance.
  • Proof of ownership for your animal (licensing records, proof of microchip/tattoo, bill of sale, veterinary records with your name, etc.)
  • Your pet’s surrender fee, listed below. The fee is non-refundable.

Surrender fees:

The Edmonton Humane Society charges surrender fees to help partially cover the costs of your pet’s stay, including: food, cleaning, enrichment, medical procedures, vaccines, surgeries, and socialization. Below are the fee ranges you can expect when you book your appointment. A team member will give you more accurate pricing at the time of booking your appointment.

Animal Type Admissions Fee
Dogs
No medical/behaviour issues
Under 7 years
Spayed / Neutered
$80
Medical/behaviour issues
Over 7 years
Not Spayed / Neutered
$100
Puppy (3-6 months) $80
First litter (under 3 months) $0
Cats
No medical/behaviour issue
Under 7 years
Spayed / Neutered
$80
Medical/behaviour issues
Over 7 years
Not Spayed / Neutered
$100
Kitten (3-6 months) or
Under 6 months (with medical issues)
$80
Kitten or First litter (8 weeks – 3 months)
Note: kittens under 3 months should be weaned
$0

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