Surrendering an owned pet

Common reasons animals are surrendered and solutions
* Moving: Some apartments and mobile home parks do not allow dogs and cats. Please visit: find pet friendly housing, to see which rental agencies allow pets before signing a new rental agreement.
* Behavioral: Almost every behavioral or aggression issue can be corrected. We have several trainers that we have worked with and we can provide you with their information. We also recommend that you work with your pets’ veterinarian for behavioral issues as well, as sometimes the reason they are acting different is due to a medical issue. Staff is also knowledgable on cat and dog behavior issues, so please call the shelter any time!
* Economic: WCHS offers pet food assistance to provide pet food when you need financial help. Humane Ohio also has a pet food bank which provides pet food to pet parents in need and to people caring for free-roaming cats, if
our bank is running low.
* Domestic violence: The “Safe Pets” program provides temporary shelter for the animals of people who have been displaced by domestic violence.
The Wood County Humane Society understands that there may be times when it is necessary to give up a pet. Relinquishing a pet is not only difficult for humans, but stressful for the pet, who do not understand why they are being taken from the family that they have loved. For an animal, this can lead to depression, a feeling of abandonment, and increased behavioral issues. Consider all of your options before removing your pet from its home. For almost every problem, we can offer a solution.
Is surrendering your last option?
Where did you get your pet? Most animal shelters, rescues, and breeders that you may have signed a contract with accept the animals back. Please check with the previous “owner” of the animal before considering surrendering your pet to our shelter.
What kind of pets? WCHS’s primary focus is accepting owned dogs and owned and stray cats, as well as occasionally accepting other small domestic pets/pocket pets for relinquishment such as rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs. Acceptance of pocket pets into our shelter is dependent upon available space and resources at the time. If you are calling for help with livestock, our available resources determine the extent to which we can help on a case by case basis. We will provide helpful information and assistance as we can. For native wildlife questions or concerns, please contact Nature’s Nursery at 419-877-0060.
Intake We are a limited/managed admission facility, meaning we do not euthanize for space and schedule appointments for animals coming into our shelter in order to best serve our community. Occasionally a wait period may be experienced before an appointment is scheduled, due to a higher than normal call volume we receive for animals coming in to our shelter. Shelter staff will call to schedule an appointment in the order calls are received when it is time to bring the animal in for assessment and acceptance into our shelter. Non-owners surrendering on anothers behalf need required legal documentation to surrender. If you absolutely cannot wait to surrender your pet or stray cat, please check out these shelter numbers for area shelters and rescues that may be able to help you sooner.
Information needed
Once a surrender appointment is set up, bring your pet’s recent vaccination and medical records to assist our staff in evaluating your pet’s medical needs. To aide in the pets transition to shelter life, please bring in a three day supply of food so we can minimize gastrointestinal upset as we switch your pet to our food. You will also be asked to provide detailed information about the pets’ daily habits and behaviors. Honest, accurate details including information about negative behaviors and medical issues enable WCHS to place your pet in a suitable environment.
Surrender fees
WCHS asks for a surrender fee when you bring an animal to the shelter. Caring for the animal costs the shelter more money than earned in adoption and relinquishment fees. A dog may spend 1 – 3 weeks at the shelter and a cat – 3 – 5 weeks. The Wood County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WCHS does not receive government funding or funds from the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. The WCHS operates on private donations and bequests, grants, and fund raising events.
WCHS evaluates each animal on health and behavior before making them available for adoption. An animal shelter is foreign and stressful to many animals. They are surrounded by strange people, scents, sounds and animals. Some animals adapt quickly, others have a harder time handling shelter life and may display new behaviors. For this reason, we do not take in any animals with a feral or aggressive history. Again, we are a limited admission shelter, and taking in animals with a feral or aggressive past places our current animals and staff at risk.