If you are no longer able to keep your pet, learn about how to turn your pet in and ways to increase your pet's adoptability.

Suffolk Humane Society's goal is to help companion pets remain in their homes with the families they love. We often see pets surrendered for behavior problems, a new baby, or because the owner is moving. Many of these situations can be managed, however! Before you surrender your pet, take a moment to review the information on the left to see if you can resolve the problem situation on your own. If you don't see a topic that applies to you, please call us or your veterinarian for additional help.

If You Must Give Up Your Pet

Pets belonging to citizens of Suffolk can be surrendered at Suffolk Animal Care Center. There is no minimum or maximum number of days your pet can stay at their shelter; however, living at a shelter long-term is not a humane way to treat any pet. Since pet overpopulation is such a pervasive problem, not every pet that is surrendered will be adopted. Pets that are not adopted in a reasonable amount of time will be transferred to an approved facility, rescued by an approved organization or humanely euthanized.

Increasing Your Pet's Chance of Adoption

Pets that are spayed/neutered, have their shots, have their vet records, and exhibit good behavior will be permitted to stay longer than those who are less healthy or exhibit less desirable behaviors. You certainly cannot control your pet's behavior while it is staying at the shelter ... and it is difficult to predict given that your pet will be very scared and anxious. There are a couple things you can do, however, to significantly increase your pet's adoptability and decrease the chance he will be returned after adoption:

  1. Bring your pet's complete vet records with him, as well as any medications he may need.
  2. Thoroughly document his likes, dislikes, behaviors and temperament.
  3. Bathe and groom him before he arrives.
  4. Bring his favorite belongings, such as toys, blankets, beds, carrier, litter box, etc.
  5. Update his vaccinations and treat him for fleas.

Finding A New Home Yourself

We encourage pet owners to place their own animals if they are able. Some helpful information on this process is also to the left.