We know that sometimes life happens and people find themselves unable to properly care for their pet. Our greatest fear is that someone will feel so desperate that they consider giving or selling their pet to a stranger. Without the required references and home checks performed by rescue groups, animals run the risk of being placed into unhealthy and abusive homes. We want to ensure your loved one gets the home they deserve.
Before you make the decision to surrender, give away, or sell your animal, we may be able to help you find solutions that will allow you to keep your animal as a member of the family. While we can't guarantee miracles, we do have extensive experience dealing with a multitude of issues and can certainly offer suggestions and alternatives to giving up your animal.
We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your animal. In this case, we feel the best solution is for LIFE House for Animals to take the animal and find them a new, loving home.
Based on urgency and foster home space availability, LIFE House for Animals does take in animal surrendered by their owners. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the animals we take into rescue. It is very difficult for us to accept dogs over 40 lbs due to space and care limitations. Shelter animals in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. Next are animals in need of immediate health care that their owners cannot provide. Then, owner surrenders are considered. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your pet.
At the time of surrender please bring anything that belongs to the animal, such as a collar, leash, crate, bowl, bedding, and a favorite toy. Before the surrender, please ensure your animal is up to date on vaccinations. You may be asked to complete a surrender questionnaire, which will provide us with basic information on your animal. This will help ease the animal's transition into foster care. Gather any of the animal's medical records to give to LIFE House for Animals. Vaccination paperwork is very helpful because it will avoid unnecessary duplicate vaccinations.
LIFE House for Animals knows that surrendering your animal is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. If you choose to surrender your animal, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the animal to LIFE House for Animals. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the animal to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home.