Surrender an Animal

Steps to Take

Before you bring your pet to us, please consider possible alternatives that may be better for your pet. If you found a stray pet, click here.

  1. Did you already try to find a new home for your pet? Ask family and friends?
  2. Is the problem financial? Have you looked into financial assistance programs for pets?
  3. Is it allergies? We have some helpful advice that may do the trick.
  4. Are you having trouble finding pet-friendly housing?
  5. Is it a medical or behavior issue? Introducing new pets or family members? Check our free pet owner guides for solutions.
  6. Call one of our Adoption Centers. Although you don’t need an appointment to come in*, it’s always a good idea to call to see if we can help you find an alternative solution to surrendering.
  7. We ask that the pets owner be present at the time of surrender. If this isn’t possible, please call an Adoption Center to make other arrangements.
  8. Gather your pets medical records, as well as the name and phone number of their most current veterinarian.
  9. We will ask you to fill out pet personality profiles/animal history forms on your cat or dog when you come to our adoption center. The personality profile helps us make the right match between your animal and a potential adopter.
  10. Please make sure dogs are on a leash and cats are in a carrier.
  11. Our Adoption Centers request a $100 donation for all animals** to help cover the costs of the animal while it is in our care (although we will never turn away an animal based on inability to afford a donation). We can also use blankets, leashes, collars or toys in decent shape. Please do not bring open food containers as we can not use them.

*Appointments are required for Equine Center surrenders.

**Suggested donation amounts vary for horses and large farm animals according to cost transportation.

Surrender Hours and Locations

Boston Adoption Center

350 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
Tuesday – Friday 2pm – 5pm

Noble Adoption Center

400 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453 x6101
Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm

Cape Cod Adoption Center

1577 Falmouth Rd.
Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 687-7453 x6101
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 4pm

Equine & Farm Center

400 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453, press 8, followed by extension 6113
By Appointment Only

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