Surrendering a Pet

We have many options to help those in need that are designed to prevent an animal entering our shelter. Before surrendering you may wish to consider our Safety Net program. Our Rehoming service is also available to help you find a new home for your pet without surrendering it to the shelter. If you can no longer care for your dog or cat, you may relinquish ownership at SPCA Florida’s Adoption Center.

What to know before you surrender:

  • If you need to surrender your animal we take admissions by appointment only, (863) 646-7722. An appointment does NOT guarantee SPCA Florida will intake your dog or cat. We require appointments in order to give the animals the best chance to be re-homed by providing an in-depth discussion about the animal and completion of the personality profiles.
  • SPCA Florida suggests a minimum donation of $50.00 to surrender a pet. We invest over $300.00 per dog and cat for food, spay and neuter surgery, medical care, testing and housing. This also includes our costs for operations, such as utilities, supplies, insurance, etc.
  • SPCA Florida does NOT euthanize based on space or length of stay. We intake based on population and space available to ensure all pets entrusted in our care are given as much time as needed to find their new, forever home.

We rely solely on donations to care for more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors every year.

If you’re surrendering your animal, you will need:

  • A pre-scheduled appointment (see above)
  • To fill out our Surrender Form and complete a Cat Personality or Dog Personality Form provided at Intake
  • Bring any of your pet’s medications or special food, if required
  • Photo ID

What happens when you surrender:

  • You surrender all owner rights. Once you’ve surrendered an animal, you cannot obtain information about whether or not he/she was adopted, current owner status, etc.
  • Animals are evaluated and either made available for adoption or humanely euthanized (painlessly put to death).

What about stray animals?

•    Consider taking stray animals to your nearest animal control agency. This ensures there is one location in the county where owners can check for lost pets. SPCA Florida works with Polk County Animal Control to transfer in pets from their shelter weekly depending on our population.