Surrendering A Pet

Giving Up Your Pet

Like every animal shelter or sanctuary, Pets Alive Westchester has a limit as to how many dogs or cats we can take in. We'd love to help everyone and take in every animal in need, but obviously no organization can do that. We review each surrender request on a case-by-case basis and take in the animals we feel we can work with or can adopt out. We also have a number of what we call "lifers" which will probably live out their lives here at Pets Alive Westchester. Obviously we can only take in so many of those as well.

So in order to help you and to utilize our time as best we can you MUST follow these simple directions in order to be considered.

TO SURRENDER A CAT, please email: mycat@petsalivewest.org. Include a digital picture of the cat if you can, the description of why you need to give the cat or kittens up. Let us know if the cat is spayed or neutered,  up to date on shots and if the cat has any medical concerns or issues. Please be sure to include information about the cat's age, temperament, personality, and any aggressive or behavior issues they might have.

Pets Alive Westchester requires that all cats surrendered to us are spayed or neutered (we can do this and you can cover the cost if need be), up to date on all shots, FIV and FELV tested (we can do this as well and you can cover the cost if necessary), treated with Frontline immediately prior to coming here, and a copy of their medical records must accompany them. We will then quarantine the cat(s) for two weeks and then they will be introduced into one of our many cat rooms.

BEFORE surrendering your cat, we request that you look at the following and see if any of these are the reasons you need to give up your pet. If so please read the accompanying articles (in sidebar). 95% of all cats that need to be surrendered can be kept in the home and their problems resolved quite simply if you are willing to put a little effort and love into it. Please consider reading these and trying to keep your pet with you. Your pet and you will ultimately be better off!

 

TO SURRENDER A DOG, please email: mydog@petsalivewest.org. Include a digital picture of the dog if you can, the description of why you need to give the dog up. Let us know if the dog is spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and if they have any medical concerns or issues. Please be sure to include information about the dog's age, breed, temperament, personality, and any aggressive or behavior issues it might have.

Pets Alive Westchester requires that all dogs surrendered to us are spayed or neutered (we can do this and you can cover the cost if need be), up to date on all shots, heartworm and Lyme tested (we can do this as well with you covering the cost if necessary), treated with Frontline immediately prior to coming here, and a copy of their medical records must accompany them. We will then quarantine the dog(s) for two weeks prior to adding them to be available for adoption.

BEFORE surrendering your dog, we request that you look at the following and see if any of these are the reasons you need to give up your pet. If so please read the accompanying articles (in sidebar). Many of the dogs looking to be surrendered could have their problems resolved quite simply if you are willing to put a little effort and love into it, and work with a trainer for a few days in your home. Please consider reading these and trying to keep your pet with you. Your pet and you will ultimately be better off!