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Owner Surrender

Owner Surrender By Appointment Only

If you need to surrender your pet:

  • Please keep in mind that there are MANY more animals in need of homes than there are spots available in shelters—not just in Southwest Florida, but throughout the country. CCAS will do everything in our power to assist pet owners who need to surrender for whatever reason, but there will most likely be a waiting list as there will be in every other shelter you contact.
  • Please be proactive and expect there to be a wait. Further, please exhaust all other options for re-homing your pet SAFELY prior to contacting a shelter.  Perhaps a friend or family member would love to care for your furry friend. 
  • That said, rehoming your pet on the Internet is NOT SAFE and should be avoided at all costs. Please call our shelter and we will work with you to find the best solution for you, your pet, and your current situation.

To Start the Process of Surrendering your Pet

  • Download the Pet Intake Form here and email to ownersurrender@capecoralanimalshelter.com. Please provide as much information as possible and include all veterinary records, microchip information, and a current picture.  Be sure to answer all questions on the Pet Intake form accurately and truthfully.
  • Animal surrender appointments will be scheduled by appointment only AFTER an appointment request has been submitted and when space is available.
  • Space for your pet is limited and depends upon the size and needs of your animal, whether it is spayed/neutered, and when we receive your request.
  • If the animal is microchipped or licensed, only the owner which is named on the microchip/license can owner-surrender the animal.
  • You will be contacted when space is available to schedule an appointment for temperament test and evaluation.
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Owner Surrender Criteria

  • All animals MUST pass a temperament/behavior test. Temperament will be assessed by qualified kennel and vet staff and final determination will be made by management.
  • We cannot take an aggressive pet or one that has a bite history. If your pet fails a temperament test, alternate options will be provided.
  • You are required to bring all veterinary/vaccination records to your appointment. These are critical to our evaluation process. The more we know about your pet, the better equipped we are to prepare him/her for adoption.
  • If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please notify us immediately. If you miss an appointment without notifying us, we have missed an opportunity to help save another animal.
  • Animals with severe medical conditions will be taken in ONLY at the discretion of our veterinarian.
  • All cats MUST test negative for FIV/AIDS/FeLV. The test will be performed before the cat can be surrendered.  If the test is positive, alternative surrender options will be offered.
  • Our cats live in free-roaming condos for their health and wellbeing. Cats that cannot live with other cats will not be happy at CCAS and alternative surrender option will be offered.

Owner Surrender Fees

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The cost to care for and re-home pets can be in the hundreds of dollars for each animal that comes into our care. CCAS is a private, non-profit organization that does not receive funding from national or government agencies.

For this reason, we ask for a minimal owner surrender fee to help subsidize this cost. The fee is non-refundable and will be collected only if we are able to accept your animal after its temperament evaluation and medical testing.

  • Dogs: $100.00
  • Cats: $50.00
  • Critters: CCAS is unable to accept Critters at this time.

Alternative to Surrendering your Pet

We may be able to help you keep your pet at home or there may be alternative re-homing options available to you. Call the adoption desk at 239-573-2002 Extension 104 for further assistance.