How to Rehome or Surrender Your Pet
Rehoming Your Pet
Great info on common cat issues and how to safely rehome your cat.
Great info on how to safely rehome your dog.
More great info on common dog issues and how to safely rehome your dog.
If you are trying to rehome a specific breed of animal, you can search the internet for breed-specific rescues in your area. Example: Laborador rescue NC, Siamese rescue NC. Please remember, all animal rescue organizations are not reputable. If you find an organization that you know nothing about, do a little research to make sure they're legitimate. You can check with veterinary clinics in their area, and also the Humane Society of the United States.
Surrendering Your Pet
**Note: Effective 6/14/18, our shelter is temporarily closed to owner releases due to capacity. Please call the shelter at 252-520-0003 M-Sat 12-4 PM for more info. We are open for adoptions as usual.
We can only accept owner-releases from Lenoir County NC unless your animal was adopted from our shelter. If you live in Lenoir County and MUST release your pet to our shelter:
- You will be required to show your driver's license or otherwise provide proof of residency. Call the shelter for an appointment so staff/volunteers can make room for your pet.
Normally the shelter can only accept owner-releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays.6/14/18, temporarily closed for owner-releases . We are always overcrowded and the number of animal intakes can vary greatly each day. Many days there is simply no kennel space for owner-releases. When you arrive at the shelter with your pet, please check in at the front desk so our shelter team can help you safely bring your pet inside.
- Please know we cannot guarantee your pet's adoption. Sadly, our small shelter receives an average of 9 new homeless pets every single day, primarily because folks won't spay/neuter. Despite our best efforts to rehome your pet, there are just too many adoptable pets & not enough placement options for them.
- If you do not live in Lenoir County, you'll need to contact your county's animal shelter and/or animal rescue organizations. If your county has no animal shelter:
- Call your local vet offices for more info about options in your county.
- Do an internet search for animal rescue organizations in NC and surrounding states.
- Do an internet search for breed-specific rescue organizations based on your pet's breed
- Contact your county commissioners and respectfully request that they find funding for an animal shelter in your county.