Owner Surrender

We are sorry to hear that you are looking to surrender your animal. Before you do, please consider that animal shelters are very stressful environments for pets. Many do not do well and suffer for it. Also, there are ways to help cover the costs for your pet, from food donations to vet care. Please seek these out if you are having financial difficulties. 

We also encourage you to consider reaching out to friends, family and the community before surrendering your pet. These alternatives may provide a better solution and opportunity for you and your pet.

Here are some resources to consider when you are attempting to re-home:

  • https://rehome.adoptapet.com/
  • Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitch), Specifically Word of Mouth or group pages
  • Neighborhood applications like Nextdoor
  • Rescues- there are many rescues available that are willing to take on certain types of animals (elder animals, puppies/kittens, breed specific, etc.)

Please call for further information if you are in need of training, food or medical resources.

F.S.S. 828.13 (3) Any person who is the owner or possessor, or has charge or custody, of any animal who abandons such animal to suffer injury or malnutrition or abandons any animal in a street, road, or public place without providing for the care, sustenance, protection, and shelter of such animal is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree

Surrender Appointments

We understand that relinquishment is sometimes the best choice for the animal. If the only option available to you is giving up the ownership of your pet, Sumter County Animal Services will accept your dog or cat, provide veterinary medical care, nourishing food, water and shelter. Pets will be evaluated medically and behaviorally to determine the adoptability of every pet.

Appointments are required to surrender your pet(s). We only accept owned pets from residents of Sumter County. Click here to make an appointment.