Surrendering Your Pet

Surrendering Your Pet

Giving up an animal is a serious decision. If you are considering surrendering your pet, please read our retention and re-homing packet first. It includes many resources to help you keep your pet, from behavioral advice to assistance due to financial constraints. FVHA also offers a virtual re-homing page to help you find a new home for your pet without bringing him or her to the shelter. If you have no other option but to bring your pet to the shelter, FVHA will never turn a companion animal away.

To help us care for your animal until we can find him/her a new home, we charge a small fee based on the following specifications:

  • all animals within our service area (see below): $30.00
  • all animals outside our service area (see below): $40.00
  • a group charge for multiple animals: $50.00

We have agreements with the following municipalities. They make up our service area:

  • City of Appleton
  • City of Menasha
  • Town of Menasha
  • City of Kaukauna
  • Combined Locks
  • Fox Valley Metro (Little Chute and Kimberly)
  • Town of Grand Chute
  • Village of Black Creek
  • Town of Freedom
  • City of Seymour
  • Town of Neenah
  • Wrightstown

Listed below are the unincorporated towns that fall under Outagamie County Sheriff and are within the FVHA service area:

  • Town of Black Creek
  • Town of Bovina
  • Town of Buchanan
  • Town of Center
  • Town of Cicero
  • Town of Dale
  • Town of Deer Creek
  • Town of Ellington
  • Town of Hortonia
  • Town of Kaukauna
  • Town of Liberty
  • Town of Maine
  • Town of Maple Creek
  • Town of Oneida
  • Town of Osborn
  • Town of Seymour
  • Town of Vandebroek

When you bring in your pet we request you fill out a profile of your pet so that we have as much information about the animal as possible—including what vaccinations your pet has and/or your vet’s contact information. This is very helpful to us and to potential new owners. Also, if your pet has any special food, supplies or toys, please bring those in as well.

If you’d like to view the Cat or Dog Surrender Profiles before coming to the shelter, or if you’d like to fill out the form and bring it with you when surrendering your pet, open the documents below:
Dog Surrender Profile
Cat Surrender Profile

Each pet we receive is evaluated to assess his or her suitability to enter one of our placement programs. This evaluation is done by a combination of trained staff, veterinarians from our wellness program, breed rescue personnel, experts and trainers from dog and/or cat clubs and the information that you provide to us.

If your pet does well on our behavior evaluation, we assure you that we will do everything that we can to find your pet a loving new home. If we determine that your pet is not eligible for entrance into one of our placement programs, you will have the option of reclaiming your pet.

If you are going to reclaim your pet, it must be done within 24 hours from the time the animal was surrendered. In order for you to reclaim your pet, you will be required to comply with Wisconsin State Statute #173.23. The following is a list of what is required:

  • A current rabies vaccination certificate.
  • A current dog/cat license in the municipality that you reside in, if applicable.
  • Full payment of the claim fee for the period of time that your pet was at the shelter. This must be done in cash or with a credit card. If the animal is reclaimed within the first day (24 hours), the reclaim fee will be $40. If you left a monetary donation at the time of surrender, it will be deducted from the claim fee at your request.