Pet Surrender

There are times when pet owners can no longer be full time pet owners and caregivers. Changes in personal mobility, living environment, and health status are some of the reasons pet owners can no longer care for their pet.

Adoptable pets can be surrendered to the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA). On receiving a surrendered pet, the HBSPCA does everything possible to match the pet with a new home.

What you need to know about Pet Surrender?

  • The HBSPCA can receive a pet surrender only if there is space available at the shelter.
  • There is a fee associated with surrendering a pet; the fee varies with the type and breed of animal and its history.
  • An appointment is required; this ensures staff  are available to complete a medical and behavioural assessment.

Alternatives to Surrender

A shelter should be your last resort for placing your animal. Before contacting the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA you should attempt to place the animal in another home on your own. Ask friends, family, and neighbours. Don’t forget to ask your veterinary clinic. Placing your pet in a shelter can be stressful for your animal and we are eager to avoid this if possible.

The HBSPCA takes in thousands of animals every year, and often the surrender could have been prevented. Please review the list below to see if there are alternative options available for your specific circumstance:
– Pet Allergies
– Pets and Pregnancy
– Trouble with your Landlord
– Cannot Afford Your Pet

If your options are exhausted, or not available to you, you can call the HBSPCA for an appointment to consider your pet’s eligibility for surrender to the HBSPCA for rehoming.

To surrender a dog or a small animal:
Please contact Becky, Intake Coordinator, at to book a consultation. Please allow 2 – 3 days for an appointment as the intake schedule is very busy.

To surrender a cat:
Throughout a very long day on Wednesday October 17th the HBSPCA received 44 adult felines from multiple sources that were at risk in the community. This morning we can report they are safe and warm with full tummies and on their way to good health. Staff and volunteers will be very busy in the days to come tending to their every need.

For this reason, we are currently not accepting taking cat surrenders.


Other options include family, friends, social media etc…