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Guidelines to Surrendering a Pet

Changes due to Covid-19 

Procedures for surrendering a pet to Buddy Dog Humane Society may be modified as a result of Covid-19 protocols.

Please speak with the shelter for the latest information on how we are handling surrenders. 



Buddy Dog Humane Society accepts dogs and cats who are in good health and of friendly disposition. Our adoption counselors will schedule an appointment to interview the pet owner, at that time we will also complete a temperament evaluation on the pet.  Prior to the appointment, we will ask the pet owner to request that their veterinarian fax the dog or cat's medical records to us. The owner will also be asked to complete a written "profile" for the pet being surrendered. This allows Buddy Dog to address the specific needs of the pet and inform potential adopters of the pet’s history, likes and dislikes, and other pertinent information. The profiles for dogs and cats can be found at the bottom of this page. 


If in our opinion, the pet is adoptable, the pet will be accepted and will remain with us until it is adopted by a new family. The average stay at Buddy Dog is only two weeks before a new family is found.


Buddy Dog Humane Society accepts many dogs from animal control officers and other animal welfare organizations at no charge. In order to afford to house these animals and provide medical care for all our “guests”, we request a donation for animals that come to us through private homes however no animal will be turned away if you are experiencing financial hardship.

The surrender fees are as follows:


$150.00 for adult dogs

$ 50.00 for adult cats


Giving up a pet can be a difficult decision. Often there are practical solutions to many of the issues pet owners face. The experienced staff at Buddy Dog will assist you in any way we can. We can offer guidance and referrals to trainers, behaviorists, and other professionals that might be able to help you with your “pet problems”.


However, we recognize that there are times when it may be the only reasonable option to ensure the well-being of the pet. For those who make the difficult decision of surrendering their pet, Buddy Dog is glad to be able to offer our services. We are pleased to be able to give individuals, forced to relinquish their pet, peace of mind when they must find a new home for their pet and we are happy to be able to offer a place of refuge for the pets.

Before you fill out a surrender profile you must contact the shelter! 

We do not ask for personal or contact information on the Personality Profile,

as it will be public to potential adopters.

If you do not contact us first, we will not have a way to contact you.

After discussing with a staff member, you may complete a personality profile for each animal you would like to surrender.

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