Pet Surrender

The Humane Society of Pinellas is Pinellas County’s largest no-kill animal shelter, taking in over 3,000 animals each year from our community and other shelters. We firmly believe that adoptable animals should never have a time limit, and our staff and volunteers do everything we can to provide the best medical and behavioral support while our furry residents await their new homes.

At HSP, we understand that pets are considered family members. We also understand that life situations sometimes prevent pet owners from providing the level of care their animals deserve. If circumstances arise that make it difficult to care for your pet, the Humane Society of Pinellas has options that can help keep your beloved pet in your home. Our Compassion Counselors are here to help - do not hesitate to ask us how we can help you can keep your pet!

If you are seeking low cost veterinary services, please contact our Pet Clinic at (727) 791-6782. Our clinic provides wellness visits, spay/neuter services, medication and vaccinations at a low cost to help our community.

Is your pet’s behavior causing you to consider rehoming? Our Behavior Department offers complimentary advice over the phone and via email. Our technicians can also provide you with on-site or in-home training for only $75/hour. We use only positive, science-based methods so training can be fun for you and your pet. Contact our Behavior Helpline at (727) 692-8435 or email the team at

HSP has a variety of services to help keep people and pets together. Please consider alternatives to shelter surrender through our PASS Program. There are more resources in Pinellas County than you may realize!


THE surrender process

If surrendering your pet remains your only option, you may submit a surrender application that is reviewed by our Admissions Department. Because of our “no time limit” policy, HSP admits animals dependent on space and resources. For this reason, the Admissions Department admits animals by appointment only and must review your application before HSP can care for your pet.

The following information may be helpful when applying for pet surrender:

  • Appointments are scheduled every day of the week, except for Wednesdays and Holidays when the shelter is closed.
  • All canine surrender appointments are conducted by our Behavior Department to ensure your dog receives the best level of care and training during his or her time with us.
  • Appointments can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes. Being thorough helps your pet!
  • During your appointment, your pet will be medically evaluated and you will complete a Pet Personality Profile with our staff. This profile is intended to give us enough information to give your pet the best care and to set him or her up for success in the adoptive home.
  • HSP has a surrender fee of $50 for dogs and cats, $75 for litters of puppies or kittens and $25 for small animals, such as rabbits and hamsters. These fees help us with the cost of caring for your pet, which is over $500 per animal.

Please complete a surrender application below. Applications are reviewed daily and our Admissions Department will contact you within 24-48 hours.

Click here to complete the Pet Surrender Application.

For pet surrender questions and additional information, email or call (727) 797-7722 ext. 232.