COVID-19 UPDATE: Animals in need of surrender will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal. This will allow us to ensure room for emergency cases. Learn More
More on Our Surrender Process
- We ask that the animal’s owner be present at the time of surrender. If this isn’t possible, please call an Adoption Center to make other arrangements.
- Gather your animal’s medical records, as well as the name and phone number of their most current veterinarian.
- We will ask you to fill out pet personality profiles/animal history forms on your animal when you come to our adoption center. The personality profile is very important as it helps us make the right match between your animal and a potential adopter.
**Please note that we request a donation to help cover the costs of the animal while it is in our care. This amount may varies depending on the type of animal.
The MSPCA receives more than 600 animals at the Equine and Farm Center at Nevins Farm each year. We are limited in the number of animals that we can accommodate at the farm and for this reason our primary focus is on horses and farm animals who may be considered at-risk. We encourage you to seek alternative placement for your animals, and we will gladly suggest resources should you need assistance. We also maintain a courtesy listing of potential adopters who may be searching for a horse or farm animal just like yours, and we will gladly share your information with potential adopters. We have many success stories of facilitating new homes for animals outside of our program! Being able to stay in a familiar and loving home while searching for an adopter reduces stress for the animals and ultimately allows us to help even more animals.
While we try our best to find homes for every animal that is brought to us, we are often faced with difficult euthanasia decisions when an animal is not medically or behaviorally sound for adoption. We do not make this decision based on length of stay or space. The adoption center environment can be a very stressful place for a pet. While we do our best to make each animal feel as comfortable as possible, it is not a home. It is for this reason that we look to you to try everything you can to work on the situation you are facing before surrendering your animal to us.
Are you a responsible horse owner with a short term need? The MSPCA Equine Assistance Program may be able to help with the cost of hay, grain, or other care depending on the situation.