Humane Society of Huron Valley: Surrender an Animal

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Surrender an Animal

Surrendering a pet is never an easy decision. But if you are no longer able to care for your pet, we are here to help!

Leaving your pet at a shelter should be a last resort. Please review the services we offer that may allow you to keep your pet in your home, including behavior help, pet food assistance, and training.

If you have reached the decision to humanely euthanize your pet, we offer end of life services and also a Pet Loss Support Group for people seeking to talk to other individuals dealing with the loss of a pet. To discuss end of life services, please call the HSHV Veterinary Clinic at (734) 662-4365.

The Surrender Process

Please call us in advance to discuss before bringing us your pet. If you live outside of our service area we may not be able to help you. You may be asked to call the shelter in your area.

Our Animal Intake staff can be reached at (734) 661-3528, 7 days a week, between the hours of 9am-11am and 12pm-5pm.

Our primary service areas are Washtenaw County and Canton Township. Please understand that we have limited space. In order to give every single animal the best chance at finding a new, happy home, we may put your name on a waiting list or you may be told we are full and have no room to help you. We are sorry but HSHV can't help every animal.

After calling Animal Intake, and if you are told we can assist you, download and complete the applicable owner relinquish profile form below and bring your pet along with all available veterinarian records and proof of residency.

If you live in Washtenaw County or Canton Township, there is a $20 surrender fee to help pay for your animal's care. (The average animal costs HSHV $325 to re-home.) If your pet has serious health or behavior problems related to aggression that will make re-homing not possible, we will talk to you about the owner-requested euthanasia process.

Animals from outside Washtenaw County or Canton Township are considered out of our service area. We are honored that you want to use our facility to re-home your animal. Unfortunately, there are concrete limits to the number of animals we can serve healthily and humanely and you may be told that we can't help you.

Pet overpopulation is still a real problem and the animals in our identified service area must be our first priority if we are to effectively meet our mission to save lives and reduce unnecessary suffering. If you do not live in Washtenaw County or Canton Township, but are interested in surrendering your animal at HSHV we require that you call in advance and please note that there is a required $75 surrender fee if we can help you.

If we do not have available space you may be asked to try back at another time or go to your own community designated shelter. Here is a list of shelters (PDF) serving counties in Southeast Michigan.

Bringing a Stray Companion Animal to HSHV

Notice to City of Ann Arbor Residents Only

HSHV cannot accept stray animals from the City of Ann Arbor directly from the public without formal approval from the City of Ann Arbor Police Department.

Per City of Ann Arbor Animal Control Ordinance, stray and abandoned animals must be brought in by an Animal Control Officer or Police Officer.

In addition, HSHV cannot provide Animal Control related field services to the City of Ann Arbor, including the free pick-up of sick or injured wildlife without formal approval from the City of Ann Arbor Police Department.

Due to possible contagious disease spread including rabies, please do NOT handle sick wildlife on your own or allow pets to come into contact with them.

If you have an Animal Control issue, please contact the Ann Arbor Police Department for assistance at
734-994-2911 (non-emergency number).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you do not get the help you need or are dissatisfied with this service in anyway, please send an email or call your Ann Arbor City Council Representatives at
734-794-6161. To send email to Ann Arbor City Council Members or the Mayor of Ann Arbor, go to A2gov.org.


HSHV accepts stray companion animals from Washtenaw County, Canton Township, and Plymouth. There is no fee, but we greatly appreciate donations to help cover the cost of care.

Please bring the stray animal (City of Ann Arbor Residents - READ ABOVE) to our Intake Department during the hours of 9am-11am or noon-5pm, 7 days a week. Do not tie an animal outside the building or leave puppies, kittens or rodents in boxes outside the building.

If you live outside of Washtenaw County, please contact the shelter in your county. We cannot take a stray outside of our service area. Please take the stray animal to the shelter located in the area it was found. This will increase the animal's chance of being reunited with its family. Here is a list of shelters (PDF) serving counties in Southeast Michigan.

If You Have Found a Stray

NOTE: It is important to note that HSHV is the holding facility for stray animal in Washtenaw County but we do not pick up stray animals. Members of the community who have found a stray animal should contact their local Law Enforcement Agency for assistance with stray animals.

City of Ann Arbor Residents: Please call the Ann Arbor Police Department for assistance at 734-994-2911

Washtenaw County Residents: Please call the Washtenaw County Sheriff dispatch at 734-971-3954

Canton Township Residents: Please call the Canton Police 734-397-3000

Plymouth City or Plymouth Township Residents: Please call Plymouth Police dispatch 734-453-8600

 

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