Surrendering/Returning Your Pet

There are times when an owner can no longer care for their pet, or when a stray/abandoned pet is found. This form contains the necessary information we need to determine if we can assist with the re-homing of a pet. Although we would love to help all pets, we need to assess our current foster home situation along with other factors before making a decision. Filling out our pet surrender/return application does not guarantee that we will be able to rehome your pet.

Conditions of Surrender/Return

We only accept dogs and cats in our pet surrender program. All animals 6 months of age and older must be up to date on their rabies vaccine to be considered. All veterinary records must be sent to us via email in order for the surrender to be reviewed by our team.

We require a $10 non-refundable donation before we will process your application. This donation is tax deductible.

If your pet is formerly from Secondhand Hounds, we will refund your donation once all paperwork is submitted.

We cannot guarantee acceptance of your animal if it is not formerly from Secondhand Hounds. We do not accept non-SHH animals with the following:

  • Animal aggression issues
  • Human aggression issues
  • Multiple bite history
  • A Dangerous Dog or Potentially Dangerous Dog declaration by the county
  • Severe separation anxiety
  • Cat urination/defecation outside of the litter box

Please allow up to one week for a response from our team.

Next Steps

  1. Fill out the Pet Surrender/Return Application.
  2. After filling out the application, you will be redirected to PayPal to make the $10 non-refundable donation. This must be received before your application is processed.
  3. Vet records must be sent to us at, unless if the animal is a stray and you do not have vet records.

For questions regarding the application or the surrender process, email If you would like to include Secondhand Hounds in your will to take care of your animal(s), please review and submit the Animals in Your Will Application.

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