Surrendering A Pet For Re-Homing

When You Have To Part Ways, We May Be Able To Help

The vast majority of the animals we place are transfers to us from municipal/government shelters. We are only able to directly intake pets from the public on a limited basis.

If we have room in our shelter or expect to have room in the future, you may be able to surrender a pet to us for rehoming.

We will actively look for a new permanent home for your pet.

Placement on our waiting list is not a guarantee that we will intake your animal.

Surrender a pet for re-homing

Make A Surrender Request

The vast majority of the animals we place are transfers to us from municipal/government shelters in our area. We are only able to directly intake pets from the public on a very limited basis.

We accept animals at our Angels Camp shelter by appointment only. Same day appointments are not available. Scheduling is determined by capacity. We only occasionally have room for pets directly surrendered by the public.

The easiest and best way to contact us with a surrender request is to send us an email.

Include the following:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • Pet’s type (dog or cat), name, age, and breed
  • Whether the pet is spayed/neutered
  • Any major medical concerns
  • Reason you wish to surrender the animal
  • You must include a recent photo

We will reply if we think that the pet you are rehoming might be a good fit for us. Please note that there will likely be a wait involved, depending upon how many animals we currently have in our care, and how many other pets are waiting for a spot in our shelter. The wait may be a few days or as long as several weeks or more. For adult cats, the wait could be several months.

We are not able to intake every animal.


The nominal surrender fee we request will help us to care for your pet. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.

Surrender fees (per appointment)

  • $50 first animal
  • $25 for second animal
  • $100 per litter of 3 or more (under 4 months)

If you are unable to afford the surrender fee, please talk to our staff when scheduling your appointment.

Other Options

Choosing to re-home a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the process to be as smooth as possible for you and your pet. Placing your pet into a new home yourself is often the best option, and causes the least stress to the animal.

Is Calaveras Humane Society A No-Kill Facility?

The Calaveras Humane Society is committed to each and every animal in our care. There are no “time limits” for pets in our shelter.

We are able to treat most medical problems our shelter animals may have, including many major ones. We have an active foster care program. An animal will only be euthanized if it is determined to be a danger to the public, or is irremediably suffering.

Healthy, friendly animals will remain available for adoption until the right home is found.


  • Government-issued ID is required to surrender a pet
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • We do not accept dangerous animals, animals with a known bite history, or feral cats.
  • Priority is given to residents of Calaveras County.
  • The Calaveras Humane Society is typically unable to accept strays. Stray animals in our area should be taken to Calaveras County Animal Services.
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