Surrender an Animal
In 2015, more than 7 million companion animals entered US shelters. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 3 million (or 43%) of them were euthanized. These statistics are tough to accept, especially when you consider 2.4 million (or 80%) of the 3 million that were killed were considered to be healthy or treatable.
When you process the statistics above, we hope you can understand why our first response when you contact us to surrender an animal will be to look for a solution to keep your pet or family member's pet in a home.
We understand that life happens and we will work with you when it does. All animal welfare organizations are challenged by various resource constraints. We all want to help, but please recognize Happily Ever After's services are in extra high demand as we provide an alternative that includes lifetime care when necessary. Any companion animal that receives our care will live without the fear of euthanasia.
If you have encountered a life changing circumstance that requires you to consider surrendering your pet, please fill out our surrender application. There may be considerable wait time for our intake services so we do recommend that you continue to look for alternative solutions after submitting an application.What happens next?
Looking for a solution?
- After we receive and review your application, we will contact you informing you of our ability to help now or in the future
- If we are unable to assist immediately, we will keep your application on file for future consideration
When surrendering an animal to us or anyone else, you are making a life-changing decision for your pet. We ask that you weigh all of the options before making this decision.
First consider the reason why you are considering surrendering your pet. Below are some of the most common reasons people share with us as to why they consider surrendering their pet and fairly simple solutions that we have seen work.
We also suggest sharing your experiences with friends, family and co-workers. Often times someone you know may have gone through a similar situation or know someone else who has.
Completing the application
- Pets not allowed
- Look into renting at a place that allows indoor pets
- Ask other members of your family if they could temporarily "foster" your pet while you find a place that allows pets
- Urinating/defecating in the house
- Bring the pet to their veterinarian to make sure they don't have a urinary tract infection, kidney stones or some other medical problem
- Try crating the animal or limiting their access to one room in the house
- Try different litter products, litter boxes, or carpet cleaners
- Consult the family physician about medications or allergen removers for the house
- Pet with anxiety
- Explore different diffusers/pheromones
- Leave the radio/TV on when you leave the house
- Consider Rescue Remedy or other flower essences
- Try natural remedies (L-Theanine)
- Pregnancy in the family
- Consider keeping the pet until you know whether or not their behavior will be changed by the new baby
- Pet behavior problems (running away, hyper-activity or aggression)
- Talk to your veterinarian
- Consult a behavioral expert
- Exercise the pet more
- Take them to obedience training
- An application must be completed to be considered for our intake services
- Your application must be approved before we will accept an animal into our care
- Please be transparent and thorough in completing your application
- This will allow us to:
- Make any transitions for your pet as stress-free as possible
- Get to know the pet and the experiences you've had
- Work with them and inform their new family about their past
- Submit completed application online