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Surrender Your Pet
Before you Surrender your Pet
We understand that sometimes pet owners believe they cannot keep their pet. When you surrender a pet to any shelter, the transition can be difficult. Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal. Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, do these things:
If you have exhausted all other avenues, you can surrender your pet to the Seattle Animal Shelter. We will accept any pet from a City of Seattle resident. If you live outside the city, we will accept your pet on a space available basis.
Can you guarantee that my pet will be placed for adoption?
No, we cannot. While we are typically able to place into homes 90% of dogs, cats and critters that come through our doors, some pets will not be placed for adoption. Our staff will evaluate your pet both behaviorally and medically to determine if he is an adoption candidate. Pets that are determined to be a health or safety risk to humans or other pets will not be placed for adoption. Additionally, pets that are unable to be helped by reasonable veterinary care may also not be placed for adoption.
We are not able to notify you of your surrendered pet’s status, but you are welcome to call the shelter to find out about his status. We cannot give out information about the pet’s new adopters.