Relinquishing a Pet


Every day, FLCAS is asked by the community on where people can take found animals/their own unwanted pets/strays. Many times, people become stressed with having to care for animal they either no longer want or can’t afford to keep, whether it be a stray or unwanted pet. Most people prefer to give these animals to a shelter instead of trying to adopt them out themselves. So, below is a list of resources you can use to find a shelter or private pet organization that will take any pet and increase its chance of finding a loving, long-term home.

Houston SPCA
Houston SPCA is a wonderful organization because “No animal is ever euthanized at the Houston SPCA to make room for incoming animals.” They stand by their commitment to never euthinze an animal because they have lived at the shelter for an extended period of time or to make room for newer animals. As long as the animal is healthy and has no behavioral issues, then they are welcome to stay at the Houston SPCA for as long as necessary.

They estimate it costs them $300-$500, excluding staff time to place a pet in a new home. The average adult cat or dog stays with them 14-19 days, while the average kitten or puppy stays with them 4-7 days. To take in a found pet they require the following:

  1.  a 15-minute counseling session;
  2. a small admission fee that varies by an animal’s size (kittens must be at least 9 weeks old, or 2 pounds);
  3. animals are accepted by appointment ony-7 days a week, 9 hours a day;
  4. you must have confined and cared for the animal for at lease two weeks before you can relinquish it.

Bay Area Pet Adoptions
Bay Area Pet Adoptions will take in any adoptable surrendered animal providing space is available. When the shelter is at full capacity, the animal is placed on the waiting list and the owner will be contacted and given an appointment for a pet health examination and adoptability assessment. Once the animal has been wait listed, the owner is requested to keep all shots and vaccinations current and have the animal spayed/neutered if not already done. This action will assist the shelter in taking the animal as quickly as possible. Wait list animals have first priority for available shelter space.

Visit their website to download the appropriate admission forms.

Citizens for Animal Protection
CAP’s adoption rate is three times the national average and among the higest in the state, according to their website. CAP accepts animals daily from 10am to 4 pm. Due to the limited number of large cages, CAP is only able to accept a small number of large breed dogs over 17″ tall at the shoulder and over 45lbs in weight. Before bringing in a large breed dog, call to see if they have a large cage available. CAP must also limit the number of adult animals that they can accept at any given time. CAP will accept two (2) adult animals per week from a household. To surrender a pet you must provide a small fee.

How long do we have to keep the kittens? 
The Houston Chronicle
Well-socialized cats are more likely to have well-socialized kittens. Kittens “feed” off their mother’s calm or fearful attitude toward people. Although feeding time is important, it is also vital to include petting, talking and playing in order to build good “people-skills” in your kitten.

Kittens are usually weaned at six or seven weeks, but may continue to suckle for comfort as their mother gradually leaves them more and more. Orphaned kittens, or those weaned too soon, are more likely to exhibit inappropriate suckling behaviors later in life. Ideally, kittens should stay with their littermates (or other role-model cats) for at least 12 weeks… [READ MORE]

For  step-by-step instructions on how to place stray animals and/or care for newborn kittens, download our printable Resource Handout. It includes sections on “What to do when you’ve found a stray,” “Free isn’t always free,” “What to do with baby kittens,” and “Stray animal shelter resouces.”

The Humane Society of the United States
Do you feel you can no longer keep your pet and want to find a new home for him or her? Perhaps you are frustrated with a behavior problem. Or your child has pet allergies. Or you are having trouble finding rental housing that accepts your pet.

Many pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that relinquishing your pet is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the wealth of resources available to help pet owners such as yourself deal with problems that can seem overwhelming.

No Paws Left Behind
No Paws Left Behind, Inc. is a 501c3, not for profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness and finding solutions to the growing phenomena of foreclosure pets. This trend is increasing in numbers with no immediate end in sight and it is these helpless victims of the mortgage crisis that suffer in silence. No Paws Left Behind, Inc. is here to be their voice.

If you are facing home foreclosure and you have pets, here are some tips to help you relocate with your pets or find other safe placement for them. Never leave pets behind when you vacate your home! Download Tips for Homeowners With Pets When Facing Home Foreclosure.