Surrender Policy

Surrender policy

How to Re-Home Your Pet

Before You Surrender…

We understand giving up a pet is a very difficult choice. The Verde Valley Humane Society accepts pets that are healthy and adoptable. Acceptance for adoption is based on a health and temperament evaluation by our animal behaviorist. We cannot guarantee finding a new home for your pet or in a particular length of time. Also, please remember that our shelter is often full.


Help You Re-Home Your Pet

Before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter, see if you can find someone who may love to give your pet a home. Tell friends, family, and co-workers. Ask them to spread the word. You never know who may be looking for a new companion.


Increase Your Pet’s Adoptability

Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Write an attention grabbing pet profile to post on multiple online platforms.


Check with local specialized rescue groups

Most groups have a website or are on Facebook. Also post your pet profile on NextDoor, Adopt-A-Pet, Home-to-Home, and Pet Housing Help AZ.

Give yourself time to re-home your pet.

It can often take weeks or even months to find the right home.

If you’re considering strangers as your pet’s new owners, first meet in a public place and ask potential adopters questions and share expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a animal lover that meets yours and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information so you can follow up on how your pet is doing.

Fill out our Surrender Profile form.

DO NOT ABANDON YOUR PET. If you have no other choice, call VVHS at 928-634-7387 with information and we will contact you.

Once Approved to Surrender a Pet

Bring the following items to the shelter for your appointment:

  • Your pet on a leash or in a carrier
  • Your pet’s veterinary records
  • Completed dog or cat Surrender Profile
  • One of your pet’s toys or a small familiar item
  • Your driver’s license or state ID
Re-home your pet