Before you surrender your pet

If you are placed in the difficult situation of having to look for a new home for your pet, CCAW may be able to assist you.  Before you make the final decision to rehome your pet, we encourage you to consider the following:

  • If you adopted your animal from a shelter, contact them first.  Most adoption contracts require you to contact them before rehoming your pet.
  • Contact your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues if your animal is experiencing sudden behavior changes.
  • Contact a trainer for help with common behavioral problems.
  • Ask friends and family members to determine if they would be willing to take ownership of your pet.

Bringing your pet to the shelter

  • If you have exhausted all options, you may start the process to see if your pet is suitable for surrender to CCAW.
  • Start with filling out a surrender form. Surrender forms may be viewed and printed using the links below. If you do not have access to a printer, call the facility and speak to the manager and one may be filled out later in person. After honestly relaying all information regarding your pet, you must make an appointment for evaluation of your pet at the shelter. Animals are accepted by appointment only and with prior approval during business hours only. Bring your completed surrender form and ID with your pet to your appointment.
  • For the safety of your pet and the pets at the shelter, please always keep dogs on leash and cats in secure carriers. 

What to bring

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of residency in Wayne County
  • Completed surrender form (you have filled out online and printed, or one filled out in person)
  • Your pet’s veterinary records and/or the name of the vet where they were last seen
  • Any behavioral or training records

Please provide as much information as you can about your pet.  The more information we have the easier it is to place your pet into a new home.

We cannot guarantee that your pet will be placed for adoption. Our staff will perform behavioral and medical evaluations to determine if your pet is a surrender/adoption candidate.  Pets that are determined to be a health or safety risk to humans or other pets will not be considered for adoption.  Additionally, pets that are unable to be helped by reasonable veterinary care may also not be placed for adoption.  We are not able to notify you of your surrendered pet’s status, but you are welcome to email us at to ask.  We cannot give out information about the pet’s new adopters.

A surrender fee will be requested.  If the animal is not current on vaccinations or has not been spayed/neutered, the surrender fee will be adjusted accordingly. See Surrender Agreement(s) below: