Surrendering a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision for you. As a responsible pet owner, you made a lifetime commitment to your furry family member and they counted on you to provide them a FOREVER home.
The Porter County Animal Shelter wants to support you in making the best decision for you and your pet. Accordingly, we have established the following requiredstep by step process to help guide you.
The Shelter does not require a fee for owner surrenders, but even a $50 donation will help defray our costs and will certainly be appreciated. If your animal is not spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations or micro chipped, it could cost us hundreds of dollars before we can offer your pet for adoption.
An appointment scheduled in advance is REQUIRED to surrender your pet!
We Do NOT Accept Animals From Outside Of Porter County.
Step One: Contact Us To Explore Alternatives
The most common reasons for surrendering a pet are behavioral issues, financial constraints, housing issues and changes in lifestyle. Our staff has proven experience in providing pet owners with information and referrals to help overcome these issues and keep their beloved animals. In some cases, we can help you rehome your pet successfully or connect you with a rescue organization. Call the Shelter at (219) 465-3550 during normal business hours and talk to one of our experienced staff members, or click on the icon below to submit an online Request For Animal Surrender Support Form and we will respond to you within 48 hours.
Step Two: Complete And Submit A Surrender Application
If you have completed Step One and explored alternatives to surrender, you must complete an Owner Surrender Intake Application form. When you have completed the application, you must submit it to the Shelter IN PERSON along with your valid Indiana Drivers License or State ID. Completing the application does NOT guarantee that the Shelter will accept your animal. You can pick up the Surrender Intake Application Form at the Shelter during normal business hours, or download it by click the appropriate icon below.
Dog Surrender Application
Cat Surrender Application
Step Three: Application Review And Interview
After you bring the application to the Shelter, Shelter staff will do an initial review of the application. If the initial review of the application indicates that we MAY be able to accept your animal, we may schedule an interview with you and an evaluation of your pet. If not, then we will notify you of the reasons.
Step Four: Surrendering Your Pet
After all previous required steps are completed, the Shelter staff will schedule a time for you to surrender your pet. Please note that acceptance of your animal will be contingent upon us having available space. It is not uncommon for the Shelter to have a waiting list for pet surrenders, especially during the spring, summer and fall.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ABANDONING YOUR PET AT THE SHELTER DURING NON-BUSINESS HOURS IS A VIOLATION OF THE PORTER COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE AND INDIANA STATE LAW. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED!