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Surrender Your Pet

Alternatives to surrendering your pet 

We may be able to help you keep your pet at home or there may be alternative rehoming options available to you. Please consider the following alternatives before surrendering your pet if you are dealing with:

Get Your Pet – Pet Rehoming  

In the event these alternative resources don't address the circumstances you are experiencing with your pet, see below for steps on how to begin the surrender process.

Surrender Appointment

Begin the process of surrendering your pet if alternative options do not address the circumstances you are experiencing.

  • Call (202) 576-6664 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to the Humane Rescue Alliance. Print and fill out the required surrender form and bring it and a copy of your pet’s veterinary records with you to your appointment.
  • Your appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will include a health exam and behavior evaluation of your pet. Your pet's placement in our adoption centers is based on a variety of factors, including the results of the exam and evaluation.
  • After all information about your pet has been gathered and the animal evaluation completed, we will discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for you and your pet.

If your animal has bitten or broken skin in the last 10 days, please let us know so we can follow the right steps to protect your pet and others.

Surrender Forms 

Pet background profile forms and veterinary records are critical to doing the best we can for your pet. The more we know about your pet, the better we're able to place him or her into a new home. Complete and print out the required corresponding dog or cat background profile form and bring it, a copy of your pet’s veterinary records and your District of Columbia identification with you to your appointment.

Dog profile surrender form

Cat profile surrender form