Surrendering A Pet For Re-Homing

When You Have To Part Ways

We Want To Help

If we have room in our shelter or expect to have room in the future, you may surrender a pet to us for rehoming. We will actively look for a new permanent home for your pet. Space is limited, and we usually have a waiting list for acceptance.

Make A Surrender Appointment

We accept animals at our Angels Camp shelter by appointment only. Same day appointments are not available. Scheduling is determined by capacity.

Call (209) 736-9417 or email

In your email, please include:

  • 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

We will get back to you with information on available space and our intake appointment procedures. 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.

Appointments can be scheduled several weeks in advance.

Surrender Fees

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)

  • $20 first animal
  • $15 for second animal
  • $40 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.

We’re Here To Help

Choosing to re-home a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the process to be as smooth as possible for your you and your pet.

Is the Calaveras Humane Society a no-kill shelter?

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.
  • By law, the Calaveras Humane Society is unable to accept strays. Stray animals in our area must be taken to Calaveras County Animal Services.