Surrendering a Pet
Surrendering a pet is never an easy decision to make. It's also not the kind of decision anyone would want to regret. That's why we recommend addressing the issue that is causing the need to give up the pet before making that decision. Is it because the pet is misbehaving? Often times pet behavior training can correct problems that are otherwise considered uncorrectable. Is because of an allergy? Talk to a doctor or allergist—there are lots of new medications that can treat pet allergies.
Once you've decided that there are no other solutions, and have made the decision to find a new home for your pet, there are several options to consider.
1. Communicate, Network, Get the Word Out
First, notify trusted friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers that you need to find a new home for your pet. More often than not, this type of networking can have very positive results. Plus, you may even get to visit on occasion if you find your pet a new home within your social network.
2. Rehoming Your Pet
No one knows your pet better than you. As the pet's owner, you know its likes, dislikes, interests and temperament better than anyone else, and therefore you have a greater chance of finding a successful rehoming arrangement than anyone else. By making a determined effort to find your pet a new home, not only will you be giving it a better future—you'll also be creating a future for another animal by leaving a spot open at our shelter.
Ways to rehome your pet on your own:
Ask local veterinarians if you can post signs in their clinics
Ask local pet-related businesses if you can post signs in their stores
Place an ad in the paper and Internet
3. Surrendering Your Pet to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society
Fill out the form(s) below before coming in to the WVHS to save time. Come prepared with a $20.00 surrender fee.
Cat Owner Surrender Form
Dog Owner Surrender Form