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Animal Surrender

Surrendering a pet is never an easy decision to make. The MACC Safety Net Program may be able to help you keep your pet. The following link provides information on the options MACC can provide you: MACC Pet Safety Net

Once you’ve decided that there are no other solutions, and have made the decision to find a new home for your pet, there are several options to consider.

1. Ask Your Network for Help

First; notify friends, relatives, neighbor and co-workers that you need to find a new home for your pet. This type of networking can have positive outcomes.

2. Rehoming Your Pet

As the pet’s owner, you have the best chance of finding your pet a new home. By making a determined effort and not surrendering to our shelter, you’ll also be creating a future for another animal by leaving a spot open at our shelter.

Ways to rehome your pet on your own

  • Ask local veterinarians or pet related businesses if you can post signs in their clinics
  • Use the Rehome website by – this is an easy and free resource!
  • Use social media to help spread the word

3. Surrendering Your Pet to Metro Animal Care and Control*

With continued efforts and success to not euthanize based on space, unfortunately MACC is always over capacity with increasing intake numbers. Therefore, we cannot accept walk-in or drop offs; owner surrenders are admitted by appointment only. If you can no longer care for your pet, have attempted to rehome your pet on your own and would like to discuss surrendering to Metro Animal Care and Control, please follow the steps for our admissions process:

Call or email to schedule an admissions appointment

To make an appointment, please call our Pet Safety Net team at 615-862-4017 or email and leave a message with your information. Appointments are made based on the order they were received. A Counselor will conduct a brief consultation and collect some information from you about the pet you are looking at surrendering.

Prepare for the appointment

Gather proof of your pets veterinary history, medical records and any medications it may be taking.

At the appointment

Appointments usually take 30 minutes. Please bring the following things with you:

  • Pet (Cats must be in a carrier; dogs must be leashed)
  • Past veterinary records
  • Medications the pet is taking
  • Current ID showing Davidson County residence

*Surrendering your animal to MACC does not guarantee your animal will be placed into our adoption program. Assessments of your animals behavior and medical condition will be discussed at appointment and it is the decision of Metro Animal Care and Control to do what is best, once the animal is surrendered over and is property of MACC.