Surrendering a Cat or Dog to SPCA Florida 

What to know before you surrender your pet:

  • We can only accept pets from POLK COUNTY, Florida.

  • If you need to surrender your cat or dog, we take admissions by appointment only. An appointment does not guarantee SPCA Florida will take your cat or dog. We require appointments to give the pets the best chance to be re-homed, and this means an in-depth discussion of the pet and completion of a personality profile.

  • SPCA Florida will not euthanize based on space or length of stay. We take in pets based on population and space available to ensure all cats and dogs entrusted in our care are given as much time as they need to find new, forever homes.

We rely solely on donations to care for more than 6,000 homeless pets that enter our doors every year.

The following fee scale applies to all pet surrenders effective April 1, 2018:

  • $25 Surrender fee with an appointment for each animal up to two animals
  • $50 Surrender fee with an appointment for three to six animals
  • $15 Additional fee for unaltered pets (does not apply to litters)

  • $25 “Return” fee for adopted pets returned after two months
  • $50 Fee for repeat surrenders/offenders – these are people who despite guidance and  assistance programs, continue to bring pets for surrender.


We appreciate your understanding. Before surrendering, you may wish to consider rehoming.

To surrender your pet to SPCA Florida, you will need:

  • A pre-scheduled appointment

  • To fill out our Surrender Form and complete a Cat Personality or Dog Personality form that will be provided at intake

  • Your pet's medications or special food, if required

  • Photo ID

When you surrender:

  • You surrender all owner rights

  • Once you have surrendered your pet, you cannot obtain information about whether they were adopted or not, current owner status, etc

If you have found a stray cat or dog:

  • The best thing is to contact your nearest animal control agency. This ensures there is one location where owners who have lost their pets can find them. SPCA Florida works with Polk County Animal Control to transfer pets in, depending on how much room we have.


To schedule an appointment or inquire about surrendering your pet:


  • Contact the Admissions Coordinator at 863-577-4618, or e-mail 

  • The surrender department is open Tuesdays to Saturdays

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5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland FL 33813

Phone: 863-646-7722

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