SurrenderingSurrendering Your Pet

The Humane Society of Charles County wants to work with you to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet. Before you surrender, please take a moment to read this page.  We may be able to help you keep your pet at home or there may be other alternatives available to you instead of surrendering your pet to our shelter.

Are you dealing with the following?

  • Behavioral issues
  • Moving
  • Cannot afford care

BEHAVIORAL ISSUES

Cats

Are you having behavioral issues with your cat?  If the answer is yes, we have support for you, some possibly even free of charge.  All that is needed from you is the willingness to work with your cat to help with those behavioral issues.  Spaying and neutering your cat can also help with common behavior issues.  Visit the following links for further information:

CLICK HERE for information from the ASPCA about common cat behavior issues.  
CLICK HERE to inquire about the Humane Society of Charles County Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Dogs

Are you having behavioral issues with your dog?  If the answer is yes, is your pet neutered, or spayed?  If the answer is no, this might be the cause of some of those behavioral issues.  Visit the following links for further information:

CLICK HERE for information from the ASPCA about how spaying and neutering your pets will help with their behavior.  
CLICK HERE to inquire about the Humane Society of Charles County Spay/Neuter Clinic.
CLICK HERE to make an appointment online to have your pet spayed/neutered.

If your pet is spayed and/or neutered, and you are still having behavioral issues, the Humane Society of Charles County offers a basic dog obedience class. Attending this basic obedience class will help you to understand some of the communication errors we make as dog owners.

CLICK HERE for more information about the basic dog obedience classes offered.  The class is limited to 10 spaces and fills up quickly so we encourage you to register and pay online.

There is also help provided by a local non-profit who specializes in overall socialization of your dogs.  Please visit their website HERE.

MOVING

If you are moving, please consider all options of finding a place that will accept your type of pet.  We know it can be stressful, however, your pet depends on you, and surrendering your pet to a shelter is stressful as well to your pet.

  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
  • Re-home your pet yourself. This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that your pet is going to a good and not stressed out in an animal shelter environment, as some pets do not show well in this type of setting

CANNOT AFFORD

The Humane Society of Charles County provides low cost spay/neuter programs, and Healthy Pet Clinics.  These clinics are available to the general public.  The required vaccinations are available through our Healthy Pet Clinic at a minimal cost.  Please call 301-645-8181 to make an appointment for your pet.

You may also qualify, depending on your household income for free spay/neuter for your pets and reduced costs of vaccinations.  CLICK HERE for information on free spay/neuters and income requirements for the reduced costs of spay/neuters.

“Rabies Clinics” are hosted throughout the year which is a first come first serve clinic.  These clinics start at 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m and are located at the Humane Society of Charles County.  You and your pet(s) will stand in line and will be ushered into the building to fill out the necessary paperwork to obtain vaccines.

The following vaccinations offered at the Rabies Clinic:

Rabies (1 or 3* years.  For a 3 years rabies vaccine you must have the certificate for the last rabies shot)
Distemper
Charles County Dog/Cat Licenses
Microchipping
Bordetella

SURRENDERING YOUR PET

If to no avail, you still feel you must surrender your pet, please help our shelter learn about your pet by bringing all paperwork, vaccination records, and fill out a “Animal Surrender Form” which will help our shelter learn about your pet.  We are an open admittance shelter, and will not turn away any domesticated animal.

We encourage making an appointment with one of our intake specialists so that we have the opportunity to learn as much as possible about your pet which will help to improve our chances of finding your pet a good home.

PLEASE CALL 301-645-8181 to make an appointment to speak to an intake counselor.
It will be helpful for you to bring the following:
  •  A valid form of photo ID of the owner
  • Any pertinent records pertaining to the pet (medical records, a bill of sale, etc.). This will help us determine what vaccinations are needed from our clinic before the pet is placed up for adoption.
  • A completed “Animal Surrender Form” which will provide our shelter with a better understanding of what home the pet would do best in. Information on the pet’s habits, behaviors and temperament.
  • The Humane Society of Charles County requires that the pet’s actual owner relinquish custody of the animal. If you are bringing in an owned pet that is not yours, we require the animal’s actual owner to sign the animal over to the Humane Society of Charles County.
  • If your pet has any special food, supplies or toys, please bring those in at the time of surrender.
What Happens Next?

At our shelter, all animals receive necessary veterinary care, food, exercise and plenty of love and attention from our experienced staff and volunteers.  Animals determined to be adoptable are placed in our adoption program.  There is no set time limit for how long an animal can remain in our adoption program.  As long as an animal maintains general good health, a sound temperament and we have space, we will keep a pet for weeks, sometimes months. We may put some animals who are sick, underage, or who would benefit from behavioral intervention in foster care and return them to the adoption program at a later time. We work hard to give second chances to every potentially adoptable animal.  Unfortunately, there are times when there is no space and animals will be transferred to another local shelter, however, we truly try to find foster homes, and adopters for all of our animals.