Surrender Prevention

Surrendering your pet to a shelter should always be a last resort!* Shelters are designed to house strays and lost animals. They are not the appropriate place to leave a family pet, hoping someone will adopt it.

Before taking your dog or cat to a shelter, please do all you can to find your pet a new home on your own! If you are considering giving up your pet because of the associated costs to feed or provide medical care, there is assistance available. If the issue is about bad behavior, there are obedience classes to help resolve training problems. If you have an allergy to your cat, there is help.

*Please Note: If you do decide to surrender your pet to spca cincinnati, you will be charged a fee for each pet you surrender to us.


Steps You Should Take to Find Your Pet a New Home


  1. Distribute flyers about your pet in your immediate area. Someone in your neighborhood may want to adopt your pet and give it a good home.
  2. Place an ad in the newspaper or online.
  3. Check with your :
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Co-workers
    • Veterinary offices
    • Pet groomers
    • Pet boarding kennels
  4. If your pet is a specific breed, try contacting the local breed rescue group for assistance.