Surrendering a Pet

Separation of animals from their family can be traumatic, so we want the process to cause the least amount of stress to both you and your pet. We are here to assist you in determining the best options for your pet, whether helping you to keep your pet at home, finding alternative placement for your pet, or surrendering your pet to WHS.

Surrender Alternative: Virtual Rehoming

We now offer a new service to the public as a free alternative to surrendering.  

Surrender by Appointment

The Surrender by Appointment service provides a more inclusive, one-on-one experience in order to make the best decision possible for your pet’s future. This service also ensures that there are no space or time restrictions to adoptable pets; this means if they can be placed in our adoption program, they will remain in our care until they are adopted into a new, loving home.

If you decide to surrender your pet, the following should be arranged:

  • We request you arrange an appointment with the Animal Intake Department so we are better prepared for your pet’s arrival. To schedule an appointment to surrender, please contact Animal Intake at 920.469.3111 or
  • The fee we ask for is just a fraction of what it costs to house each animal. The average cost of housing, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, testing for heartworm, feline leukemia, FIV, and providing daily care for each animal is more than $200. The surrender fees are based on the type of animal, if the pet(s) are altered or not, and the number of animals being surrendered at one time.
  • Those surrendering a pet must be 18 years old or older, and you must show a government issued, photo ID at the time of surrender.
  • Please bring any medical records you have of your pet to the appointment if you have them.
  • If your pet has bitten a person within the last 10 days, state law requires that you contact your local police department or animal control officer to file a bite incident report.
  • The appointment generally takes 30-45 minutes for cat and dog surrenders.  Small animal surrender appointments (for rabbits, birds, rodents) will typically take much less time.

There may be instances where the Wisconsin Humane Society is unable to place animals up for adoption. Severe health and/or behavior issues may prevent animals from being adoptable. In these instances, shelter staff will provide owners with alternative resources.

Surrender Background Information

We ask that all pet owners who must surrender their pet to please fill out a Surrender Profile form.  This form provides us with the information we need to match your pet up to a new family, and get the pet adopted more quickly.  To save you time, you can download the appropriate form below, and bring it to your surrender appointment.

The surrender fees are listed below. Please make arrangements in advance with a WHS manager if you are unable to pay the full surrender fee.

Surrender Fees are as follows:

Single Animal (Fee Per Animal) Multiple Animals (Fee Applied to Group)
Dogs $35 $70
Cats $35 $70
Rabbits $25 $40
Small Animals $10 $25

All birds must have a cage.


Has your animal bitten a person? The law requires that any animal that has bitten and broken skin be quarantined for 10 days to observe for signs of rabies. Please contact your veterinarian for quarantine services. 

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