Surrendering an Animal 

We understand that home and family circumstances may require the surrender of a beloved pet.  Cache Humane Society provides a non- judgmental place to surrender a pet.  We will strive to find the perfect next home for your furry family member.  

As a proud No-Kill Shelter, our ability to accept your pet is dependent on space available within our facility.  We are VERY rarely able to accept surrendered pets on a walk-in basis.  Please call us at (435) 792-3920 to verify space available or to be placed on our waiting list.  

You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire when surrendering a pet.  We ask that you provide us with as much behavioral and veterinary history as possible to help us find a new home. You will need to bring your pet in during open hours, it is illegal to abandon animals at our facility.


The Surrender Fee

Dogs: 

  • $25 if under 7 years old with no significant medical or behavioral issues
  • $50 if over 7 or has medical or behavioral issues that will require additional treatment and training 

Cats: 

  • $25 if owner has proof of spay/neuter and current vaccination 
  • $50 if intact or not vaccinated 
  • Litters of Kittens: $50 for mother or 1st kitten, $10 each for additional kitten.  

As a No-Kill Shelter, we are rarely able to accept surrendered pets without advanced notice.  Call us at (435) 792-3920 to reserve a kennel within our adoption center.  If we are able to accept your pet as a walk-in surrender, there is a $40 surcharge to allow us to prepare a kennel on short notice.

As a non-profit, we depend on surrender fees to help care for homeless animals.  The surrender fee will be used to provide housing, veterinary care, and love to the surrendered pet.  If you bring more than one pet you will have to pay this fee for each animal.

This fee covers only the initial administration and health intake costs for each animal. All other costs to insure the animal is happy and comfortable are covered by other generous donations we receive.  You may also considering sponsoring your animal, to reduce the adoption fee for it’s future owner. We often find sponsoring encourages faster adoptions.


Altnernatives to Surrendering your Pet

We can help you feed your pet

If you are surrendering your animal because  you are struggling afford pet food, please consider our Pet Food Pantry program. We accept any proof of financial need, including CHIP, SNAP, and SS Disability.  

Does your Pet have other Behavioral Issues?

Remember that many behavioral issues or anti-social habits in your pet can often be solved simply by spaying or neutering your pet. Please review clinic services for more information.

Cache Humane Society does not have the funding or resources available to rehabilitate very aggressive animals. We pursue all possible adoption, foster, and rescue transfer options but unfortunately, very occasionally euthanasia may be the most humane option for a very aggressive animal. This is never an decision we take lightly. 

Is your pet very ill or critically injured?

Cache Humane Society does not operate a veterinary clinic.  Our ability to treat significant medical conditions is limited and our primary concern is ensuring that animals do not face unnecessary suffering when quality of life can not be maintained.  At the point of surrender, we may ask you to consider whether euthanasia may be the most humane option if your pet is ill or injured and suffering.  


The Surrender Procedure 

The Legal Contract

We will require that you complete a Surrender Contract.  Please provide honest answers about history and behavior so that we will be able to match the animal with the most appropriate new family. Please bring with you all vaccination and veterinary records.

This contract signs ownership over to Cache Humane Society and the animal, if appropriate, will be placed in our adoption area immediately and may be potentially adopted within the same hour or day. Or, where absolutely necessary by reason of untreatable illness, injury or  aggression, the animal may be euthanized.

You must only surrender an animal that legally belongs to you. You must not surrender an animal which legally belongs to somebody else including family members.  The person who completes and signs the Surrender Contract confirms they are the legal owner of the animal.  

After you surrender your pet to Cache Humane Society

While you can monitor an animal's progress through the "adoptable animals" webpage, you do not have a right to any information about the animal.  Cache Humane Society, it's staff or volunteers, do not have a duty to provide information about your former pet and have the right to refuse to provide information.  

If you change your mind about the animal once you have surrendered, and he or she is still available for adoption, you will have to go through the Adoption Process to get the animal back.


What does Cache Humane Society do next?

Unlike  most government funded shelters, Cache Humane Society has no time limit on the amount of time an animal stays at our shelter. We work hard to try to find all adoptable animals new forever homes. 

We have dedicated and caring staff and volunteers who make sure that animals are at their adoptable best. We work tirelessly to ensure that animals are kept happy and comfortable, socialized and groomed. You can help us support the surrendered animal to get adopted by sponsoring or donating in other ways.

The animal you surrendered may be fostered or adopted through Cache Humane Society. The animal may also be sent to an new shelter through our Transfer Program. This program allows the opportunity for shelter animals to receive a second chance or third chance to find a forever home in a new area, throughout the state.