Before You Surrender, Remember…

There are many people in our area looking for a new pet just like yours. Before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter, see if you can find another family who may be interested in giving your pet a new home.

Below Are a Few Tips to Help You Re-Home Your Pet:

1. Promote your pet online. Post your pet profile on the following sites:

a. Adopt-A-Pet

b. Home-to-Home; Pet Housing Help AZ

c. Facebook

d. NextDoor

2. Use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential adopters. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a family that meets your and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information to follow up on how your pet is doing in its new home.

3. Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks or even months to find a new home.

4. Increase your pet’s adoptability. Make sure it’s spayed/neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on its vaccinations.

5. Market your pet! Create an attention grabbing pet profile that you can copy/paste on multiple platforms.

6. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers. Ask them to spread the word! You never know who may be looking for a new companion.

7. Check with local rescue groups. Whether you have a dog or cat or an exotic animal, there are many rescue groups in our area who may be able to accept your pet. You can find most of these groups online through a web search or on Facebook.

8. NEVER ABANDON YOUR ANIMAL. If you’re unable to re-home your pet, the Humane Society of Sedona will accept owner surrendered pets by appointment.

Surrendering a Pet

Please call us at 928-282-4679 and provide us with information on your animal. Once we have your information, someone will be in contact with you to walk you through the process.

Once Approved to Surrender a Pet

Please remember to bring the following items so that we may better serve you:
1. Vet records.
2. Completed Dog or Cat Background Form.
3. Please have your animal on a leash or in a carrier covered with a light towel or sheet.
4. $75 surrender fee.
5. Driver’s license or state ID.
6. HSS recommends you bring a small item your pet is familiar with to help reduce stress.


The Humane Society of Sedona only accepts pets that are deemed healthy and adoptable for our adoption program. The placement of an individual animal for adoption is based on an evaluation of his or her health and temperament. We cannot guarantee rehoming of your pet. Once an animal is placed up for adoption at the Humane Society of Sedona, there is no time limit in which he or she can remain up for adoption.