Surrendering Your Pet

Thinking about surrendering your pet? We may be able to help. Call us now to learn about available resources: (813) 744-5660

Important notice

  • Beginning July 1, 2017, owners who surrender dogs will be asked to make appointments so PRC can proactively combat outside contamination.
  • At the first appointment, shelter staff will vaccinate the dog for all strains of the dog flu with the bivalent canine flu vaccine. Two weeks later, when the dog is surrendered by its owner, staff will administer a second booster shot, at which point the surrender fee will be waived.
  • Owners who do not follow this two-week procedure will be charged $125 for testing, vaccination, and possible isolation, in addition to the surrender fee.

Effective June 12, 2017, Pet Resource Center will be closed to the public on Mondays.

How to surrender your pet:

  • Turn the pet into the PRC during regular business hours. Please be advised: peak times are first thing in the morning and around noon. Longer wait times can be expected at these times. The in-take process can take more than an hour to complete. Please plan accordingly.
  • Effective July 1, 2017, pet intake will end an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., to allow more time for the veterinary staff to examine dogs that are received at the end of the day.
  • Residents bringing in dogs or cats that are coughing or sneezing will be asked to keep the pet outside of Pet Resource Center and contained in the resident's vehicle to avoid possible contamination. PRC veterinary staff will provide an initial examination prior to the pet entering the building to ensure the safety of the pets inside the building.

What will I need?

  • A completed Animal Intake Form
    • You can do this at intake, or you can download and fill the form in advance to save time
  • Valid photo identification
  • Veterinary records or any other information about the animal

Other options

If you can no longer care for your pet and family or friends is not an option, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay may be able to assist. For more information call (813) 876-7138.