Before Considering the Surrender of A Pet
Consider additional training. If you are giving up your pet due to behavior problems, consider contacting a local trainer or the SPCA for tips and tricks to help correct the problem. Most problems can be reduced or eliminated with professional help.
Talk to your veterinarian about allergies or other health issues. Allergies are the most common reason pets are given up. Most pet allergies are caused by pet dander, not fur. You can keep dander to a minimum by routinely brushing and bathing your pet. Also, vacuum your home and wash bedding often. Do not forget to continually clean counters and other surfaces too. Nutritional supplements and/or certain brands of pet foods assist with skin and coat problems in pets. Consult with your veterinarian or local pet food store.
Find a new home. Ask friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or your veterinarian if they may be able to provide a new home for your pet or know of someone who can. If you own a purebred consider contacting a Breed Rescue Organization.
Please follow the correct actions. Do not abandon your pet outside; it is unlawful to abandon animals under RSA 644:8. Not only is it illegal and dangerous, but your pet’s chance to be adopted is greater when surrendered by you along with any behavior and medical history that you can share with the shelter.
Initiating the Surrender Process
The decision to surrender a pet to a shelter is a difficult one. Please be assured that the we are here to help animals in need. Once in our care, we promise that he/she will be provided for with regards to enrichment, behavioral, and medical needs. It is important to know that once an animal is surrendered into our care, all access to and updates about the animal are not given to the previous owner as the Pope Memorial SPCA newly claims ownership to the animal and becomes bound to her/his well-being.
We are a SPECIAL ADMISSION shelter. This means we do not euthanize an animal due to limited space or time. To keep with this policy we must admit animals by appointment only. At times we do have a waiting list and we will schedule your appointment at the earliest date possible. To set up a surrender appointment, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 856-8756 extension 228. Dependent upon the information provided in the initial inquiry, we may reply with a surrender inquiry form to ensure that we have all necessary information to proceed with booking a surrender interview at the shelter.
At your surrender interview, please be prepared to provide us with as much information about your pet as possible. This includes:
- Veterinary records
- Lists of current vaccinations.
- Canine Personality Profile
- Feline Personality Profile
Before your pet is brought into the shelter for the surrender interview and possibility of intake, please make sure all vaccinations are current. A pet that is current on vaccinations and has been spayed/neutered will have a shorter stay at the shelter.
Fees cover only a small percentage of the costs it requires to care for your pet during their stay at the shelter. Fees for surrendering pets are as follows:
- Cat / Dog, spayed/neutered & vaccinated $25
- Cat / Dog, NOT spayed/neutered & vaccinated, $50
- Mother Cat and Kittens, $60
- Rabbits $30 (spayed/neutered $25)
- Ferrets $30
- Small Birds $15
- Small Rodents $10
All fees are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.
If your pet is missing, then please email email@example.com and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. When emailing us, please provide photo(s), where (crossroads, town/city) and when the animal was last seen, name, approximate age, whether with microchip or not, and any additional information that you believe will be important for us to know.
Other options for those who have lost a pet is to contact local veterinarians, place an ad in the newspaper, post it on Craig’s List and contact area shelters/humane societies. Dogs can also be reported to the Granite State Dog Recovery, if lost in NH. You can also place flyers in your community to assist in locating your pet.