SURRENDERING A PET TO OPERATION KINDNESS

Our pet surrender process has been modified to slow the spread of COVID-19. Limited owner surrenders will be accepted on an appointment-only basis. To have your pet considered, please complete the surrender form. If you are scheduled for an appointment, you will need a valid ID which will be held during the evaluation and returned to you at the end of the appointment.




Making the decision to rehome your pet is a difficult one. Operation Kindness will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. Please complete the surrender form and attach a current photograph for the quickest response.

Starting on August 1, 2019, a $25 surrender fee will be requested for dogs and cats surrendered to Operation Kindness. This fee will help to offset some of the costs associated with taking in and caring for an animal until adoption.


Our Process:

Animals are scheduled by appointment for intake evaluations. This includes a brief behavior assessment and a health assessment. This is to ensure your pet is going to do well in a shelter environment and that staff & volunteers will be able to safely handle them while in our care. Animals are required to have DHPP and rabies vaccinations before coming to our facility. Medical records will be reviewed at the time of surrender and our medical team may do a brief exam while you wait. Surrender appointments usually take about 30 minutes. 

We do not provide pick-up service. Once your appointment is scheduled, please bring your animal in at that time.


I adopted from you and would like to return my animal to you:

Returns will also need to be scheduled in advance. To get started, complete the surrender form, include a recent photograph of your pet, and your email will be answered within 24 hours. Animals are scheduled for Intake Evaluations on a space-available basis.

Previous adopters who only want to leave a message, will have their call returned within 24 hours by our Intake Department. For faster service complete the online form.


I found a stray animal and would like to bring it in. What do I do?

Operation Kindness is a pet adoption center, which means that we cannot house pets who are on stray hold hoping to reunited with their owner. For lost pets, their best chance at reunification with their family is to take them to the local animal services in the area they were found. This is where their family will be looking for them. The shelter will scan the animal for a microchip and if one is found, the owners will be notified.

Operation Kindness transfers weekly from local shelters, as do many other rescues. If the animal you have found is not reunited with its family or adopted by another family, it could be transferred to Operation Kindness or another rescue.


I found a stray puppy or kitten:

Animals under 8 weeks of age and/or two pounds will need to be placed with a foster family. For the health of the animals, we must secure the foster before scheduling your intake evaluation.


Submit the Surrender Form:

To have your pet considered for admission to Operation Kindness, please fill out the surrender form completely and to your best ability, including a current photo of your animal next to an object to help give us the size of your animal. The photo file must be less than 1 MG.

Fill out the Dog Surrender Form >

Fill out the Cat Surrender Form >