Surrendering your pet

Helping you keep your pet
Many of the issues owners face with their pets can be resolved — and we’d like to help you with that.

Before surrendering your pet, visit It is a go-to resource for information on services available throughout the Sacramento region that can help you keep your pet as an important member of the family.

If you don’t find the information you need on how to help your pet fit into your life, give us a call at (916) 504-2851 and we’ll help you consider your options. 

If you decide to surrender your pet

The Sacramento SPCA cares for more than 7,000 homeless animals annually. The majority of these animals are relinquished by owners who find themselves unable to care for their pets for one reason or another.

In accordance with the SPCA’s mission, the organization is committed to providing each animal we receive with optimum care and housing. Rather than overcrowd our shelter and risk the health and well-being of the animals in our care, we may periodically need to temporarily stop taking in additional owner-relinquished dogs and/or cats in order to maintain our ability to provide the best possible care to the animals in our charge. When this occurs, the SPCA will make every effort to keep the public informed of this changing situation.

We urge the public to check this website’s homepage for current information or call the SPCA at (916) 504-2851. In addition, we recommend visiting the following website for resources and information:

We will do our best to find your pet a new home. Each animal that comes into our care is evaluated for both health and behavior. The results of these evaluations help us to determine the best course for your pet, whether that is placing them for adoption or with one of our rescue partners who can provide them sanctuary and/or rehabilitation.

Despite our best efforts, the unfortunate truth is that some animals cannot be placed due to untreatable behavior and medical issues, and housing them at our shelter indefinitely would increase disease and illness. Because of this, humane euthanasia may be necessary.

Unfortunately, because we care for thousands of animals each year, we are unable to provide outcome results for individual animals.

Surrender process

1. Know that we do not accept dangerous animals. Please contact your local animal control agency for assistance.

2. Please print and fill out the respective surrender form and bring it with you when you surrender your animal. We accept animals at our location on Florin-Perkins Rd. during regular business hours unless we have reached maximum capacity. We encourage you to leave a message at (916) 504-2851 and wait to speak with a staff member prior to bringing your animal in to the SPCA. When you do come in, please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to leave time for processing of your paperwork.

Dog surrender form Cat surrender form Small animal surrender form


3. Be prepared to pay the required surrender fee.

On average, it costs us $50 to care for just one animal for one day. The nominal surrender fee we require will help us to care for your pet.

Surrender fees:

  • $50 first animal
  • $50 for second animal
  • $25 for third and each additional animal
  • $100 per litter (under 4 months)

The Sacramento SPCA is a private, independent nonprofit organization relying solely on donations and grants to fund our operations. We do not receive any local, state or federal government funding, nor are we a subsidiary of any national animal welfare organization.