Questioning your commitment to your pet?

Has something changed?  Moving?  Are you facing a behaviour or medical issue with your pet that you have been unable to resolve?  Unable to continue the commitment to your pets needs? Do you have an unwanted litter? Are you having financial issues? Did you have a baby?   All of these problems or changes can be addressed - and many of them solved - with the right interventions.  Even with our best efforts the animals that are surrendered have to go through different experiences that they might perceive as very stressful and hard to deal with, without the security of a familiar loved one.

The best place for your pet – is with you.

Please consider the following programs:

  • Behaviour Helpline 403-205-4455 offers knowledgeable information and advice
  • Obedience Classes, Seminars, and Private Consultations are available for varying levels of training and behaviour issues
  • Pet Friendly Housing listing (coming soon)
  • Food Bank 403-205-4455


Looking for a new home for your pet?

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Check with co-workers, family and friends to see if they would like to have your pet
  • Contact a breed rescue group.
  • Contact your pet's breeder. Good breeders will attempt to help you with any problems or will take their animals back.

If these steps are unsuccessful, try advertising in the newspapers, at your vet clinic and local pet supply stores.

Surrendering a Pet - The Last Resort

Please consider the Calgary Humane Society the last resort for re-homing your pet. We understand how difficult it is to give up the family pet. Contact us at 403-723-6025 and make an appointment to bring your pet to the Calgary Humane Society.

What to Bring With You When Surrendering

  • Vaccination and medical records from your veterinarian
  • Unopened bags of dog food 
  • Your pet's favorite bedding and toys
  • Information on likes/dislikes (anything that will be helpful to re-home your pet)
  • Information on your family (lives with children, other pets etc.)


Before Adoption

The Calgary Humane Society will provide your surrendered pet the care and security it needs until a decision on adoptability has been made.  Your pet will undergo a medical and behaviour exam. This generally takes 3-5 days depending on how well your animal adjusts.  Every effort and resource is used to ensure a good match into a new loving home; however, we simply cannot guarantee adoption. 


The cost associated with supporting your pet while at Calgary Humane varies; this cost is dependent on the length of stay ($15/day), daily care ($50), what treatment (up to $200), dental ($300), training ($150.00), health and behaviour exams ($50 each), vaccines ($60) and or spaying/neutering ($150) that are required.

There is no cost associated with surrendering your pet; however, we ask that you consider the costs outlined above and provide some financial support to the CHS to allow us to continue to care for your pet.  Donations of food, crates, pet carriers and other supplies are also greatly appreciated.  View our wishlist. Your support enables us to care for the over 8,500 animals we receive every year.

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