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Animal Surrender

We understand that sometimes it's just not possible to keep a pet, but before making the decision to give up your pet, please consider all of your options. Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal, and not every animal will be adopted.

Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, please try these things:

  • Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems.
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
  • Re-home your pet to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that he is going to a good new home.

Please also consider the following advice:

DON'T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON'T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn't always happen.

DON'T give your pet away to a stranger. You don't know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.

However, MACC is an open-admission animal shelter and will accept any pet.

If you choose to relinquish ownership of your pet, we will ask for the following:

  • A valid form of photo ID of the owner
  • Any pertinent records pertaining to the pet (medical records, a bill of sale, etc.)
  • A completed owner surrender animal agreement and brief profile of the pet’s habits and behaviors.

MACC requires that the pet’s actual owner relinquish custody of the animal.

What Happens Next?

At our shelter, all animals receive necessary veterinary care, nutritious food, and appropriate shelter. Animals determined to be suitable for adoption are placed in our adoption program. We work hard to give second chances to every adoptable animal, and try to avoid euthanasia when appropriate and when possible.

We humanely euthanize those animals that are not candidates for adoption due to medical or behavioral problems. We also euthanize aggressive animals that are determined to be a potential threat to the community, and those sick or injured animals that we cannot rehabilitate given our resource limitations.