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Surrendering Your Pet

Thank you for choosing a NO-KILL animal rescue and rehoming shelter for the adoption of your pet. Our goal is to assist you in finding a forever home for your animal by carefully screening adoption applications and selecting the very best possible option for the health and well-being of your pet. Rest assured, we are not a “first come, first served” operation.

Finding another home for your pet can be a very emotional decision. The Stafford County SPCA understands this and is patient and supportive. Our goal is to make the process a smooth transition from one environment to the next.

Please note that we are a small, relatively new facility, and can take animals in only when we have room and resources available.  Surrendering your pet to our facility often involves waiting several weeks or more.  If you have little to no time to rehome your pet, please see our list of other Local Rescues.

Starting the process

To begin the process of surrendering your pet, please email [email protected] with pictures and information about your pet.  The more information you provide, the more quickly we can process your request.

Surrenders are taken on a space available basis only.

Ideally, you should download and fill out our Canine Surrender Form or our Feline Surrender Form, and email that to us along with pictures.  Emails regarding surrenders should include at least the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, email address, and best time to contact you
  • Name of pet
  • Age of pet
  • Breed of pet
  • Gender of pet and if he/she is spayed/neutered
  • What is the reason for surrender?
  • How long have you had the pet?
  • Where did the pet come from? (If you originally adopted the pet from another SPCA or no-kill shelter, please contact them before contacting us as they will likely prefer to take the pet back.)
  • Have you invested in any training?
  • If this pet is a cat, is he/she declawed?
  • Is the pet compatible with cats, kids and dogs?
  • Is the pet up to date on ALL shots?
  • If the pet is not up to date on shots or spayed/neutered, are you willing to bring the pet current and have it altered to increase its chance of adoption?
  • Are you willing to pay a surrender fee for the continued care and feeding of your pet while we are finding a forever, loving home?

What we do

We will contact you after receiving your information if your pet is suitable for our process and if we have space available. Please note that this process can take time, as we often must wait for space to become available at our shelter facility or in a foster home.

Our rehoming process includes performing a temperament test on your pet to determine his/her adoptabilty. We charge a listing fee to cover the marketing we do on your behalf to put your pet’s name and information out into the public eye.  In many cases, we charge a surrender fee to cover the costs of bringing your pet up to date on vaccinations, etc., as part of our process.  Decisions about the listing fee and surrender fee are made individually for each animal, depending on circumstances.

Choosing a new family

Once your pet is officially available for adoption and listed on our adoption sites, we carefully screen adoption applications, checking for criminal histories, backgrounds of abuse/neglect, and past instances of surrenders.  We look for any indication that the potential adopter would not be a good risk or would not be likely to provide the forever home we are looking for.

Once we are convinced that the potential adopter would provide a loving, long-term home, we schedule a meet and greet at our shelter so that potential adopters can get to know the pet, and we can determine if the pet’s behavior, temperament, and needs will be the right fit for them.

Ideally, if you have plenty of time before your pet must be rehomed, your pet can stay with you until we find the right family.  In this instance, potential adopters would come and meet your pet at your home with a Stafford SPCA staff member or volunteer present to facilitate. They will have the opportunity to ask you questions about your pet’s likes and dislikes, and you will be able to give them a glimpse into your pet’s personality that few people get to see.  If they have an existing pet, we will allow the time and space for a proper introduction.

Either way–if your pet is surrendered to the Stafford SPCA’s shelter or foster home, or if you are able to keep your pet until the right new family is found–the last step in our adoption process is the home visit. We’ll schedule a home visit, where we ensure that the home and backyard fence (in the case of dog adoptions) is safe and secure for the pet.  As long as everything goes well at the home visit, we will finalize the adoption contract with the new family and provide tips to ensure a smooth transition for the pet into the new home.

If the adoption fails for any reason, the Stafford SPCA stands behind the pet.  The family is required to bring the pet back to us if they are unable to keep him/her for any reason.  We make a lifetime commitment to each animal who comes through our doors.

Our goal behind every surrender and rehoming process is for a smooth transition for the pet who needs a new home. This can be a time-consuming process, and surrender decisions should not be spur-of-the-moment and cannot be “same day” decisions for the Stafford SPCA.

If you must surrender your pet immediately, please seek out other shelters and rescues in the area through this link.

Have you lost a pet?
Did you find an animal you think might belong to someone else?

If so, please click the button above to go to our Lost & Found Services page, where we explain in detail the process and what actions you can take to get your pet home safely as soon as possible.

Please click on the button above to help us take some items off of our “Wishlist” by donating the items to the Staford SPCA.

Our Mission...

We are committed to caring for animals in need, educating the community, and raising awareness of the importance of putting a stop to animal cruelty and abandonment.

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Friends, this is about to be a bit of a rant. You have been warned.

This is our newest resident, Lola. Poor Lola can't catch a break. She was born as part of an unwanted litter that was surrendered to an animal shelter. That shelter transferred her to another shelter, where she was adopted at 7 weeks old. Unfortunately, the family that adopted her intended her to be a present for a young teenage child, who lost interest in her and left her virtually neglected. Lola became unwanted merely because she was seeking attention, which led her to being surrendered to our care.

If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is for people to STOP getting animals for children that they are not willing to make part of a family commitment. Especially in the fall, we get many calls to take in animals because a teenager is going to college and the parents don't want their animal. Then there are the situations like Lola's. Pets are not toys to be disregarded when a child loses interest or grows out of them. Make a lifelong commitment as a family or don't get a pet.

Ok, stepping off of the soapbox. Let's find Lola a home.

At 11 month old, Lola is confused and sad because she doesn't understand her predicament. She is sweet and playful. Lola has lived with small children and with another dog. She needs a bit of training but she is smart and eager to please.

Please give this girl another chance at a happy life. She has had too much disappointment already for her young age.
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Oh, Acorn.
We’d love to take better pictures of this sweet boy, but he’s much more interested in sitting on our laps and getting pet instead. Based on his habit of running up to us every time we walk in the room, we’re fairly sure he’s part dog.

If you’re looking for a companion who makes you feel loved and important, we can’t think of a better friend than Acorn. Don’t let his age fool you, this 10-year-old goober clearly has the heart of a kitten. Don’t like his name? Other appropriate choices could be Snuggles, Purrs, PetMePlease, Lap Warmer, or even Sir Licks A Lot.

Acorn isn’t picky, he likes other cats almost as much as he likes people. We’re guessing he probably likes dogs as well, since he tends to act like one. Acorn deserves a person to call his own because this boy has entirely too much love to spend his life without a best friend.

Not ready to commit to this sweet boy but still want to show him a little love? Please visit his amazon wishlist to send him a treat!

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HUGE thanks to our volunteer Kelly Hale for her amazing donation today!
She's been volunteering with us for about 8 months now, and she made the generous decision to ask for presents for our shelter animals, instead of herself, for her birthday last month. Even more, she matched each donation that she received from her friends and family with gifts of her own for our shelter pets.
Our critters definitely scored today with all kinds of awesome toys and supplies.
We wouldn't be able to do what we do without volunteers like you, Kelly. Trucker gave Kelly many of his wonderful hugs to say thank you for her generosity and service!
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Serious talk time, folks. We need help for Billie Jane. Our longest shelter resident, Billie has been with us for nearly three years. Billie is an amazing little dog, super affectionate, very playful and smart as a whip. Billie is well-loved by our staff, is walked six times a day and is treated to outside playtime in a kiddie pool, which might be her absolute favorite treat. She has a large room of her own where she spends time lounging on her couch or playing with her collection of balls. Sounds like a pretty good life, we know. But Billie needs more. She’s a mixed-breed working dog and is bored out of her mind. She needs a job, she needs more activity and a way to burn off her energy. We have the land to build an agility course, but lack the equipment. We’ve included a link to her Amazon wish list, and any donations would be potentially life changing for this girl. Although we’re a no-kill shelter and have committed to caring for Billie for as long as she needs us, what we really want is to find a home for her.

Billie is a people dog for sure. What she is not is an animal dog. Our greatest challenge in rehoming her has been her need to be the only pet in a home. If given a home of her own we know that Billie would be an exceptionally loyal, loving and entertaining companion. Especially for someone who is active and understanding of her issues with other animals. We have no doubt there is a perfect home out there, and we’re asking for help in finding it for her. Please share this post with your friends, spread the word and be part of helping this sweet, crazy little dog find the best friend she deserves.

Billie is spayed, utd on all shots and preventatives, has recently recovered from acl surgery, will not ever run out of kisses, is housebroken, crate trained, and is 100% lovable.

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It’s a busy month for animal awareness. In addition to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, October is also National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season!
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