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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.

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The following fee scale applies to all pet surrenders effective March 1, 2022:

  • Animals with medical records, $25 (or $45 for a litter)
  • Animals with no medical records, $45 (or $75 for a litter)

A $25 deposit is due at the time the appointment is scheduled.

The deposit is put towards the surrender fee when the animal is brought in for its scheduled appointment. Should you not show for your appointment, you will forfeit the deposit. Special accommodations will be considered based on circumstances.

Surrender fees assist uncovering medical treatments and cost of care while the animal waits for its new home.


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

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

  • 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:


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