Admissions Process

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO SURRENDER YOUR PET
You have a number of choices, and just one of them is surrendering your pet to the Delaware SPCA. If you have exhausted alternatives to relinquishment, here is how our admissions process works.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
The Delaware SPCA will accept the surrender of owned cats by appointment only. There is a $50 relinquish fee for each animal surrendered. If we have space available in our shelter, we will schedule you an appointment. If there is not space available, you will be placed on our waiting list and will receive a call when space becomes available. This could take between 1 week to 2 months depending upon the type of animal and the time of year.

HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Each day Delaware SPCA Admissions staff assesses the amount of space available in the shelter as animals find homes through the adoption center. Based on the number of adoptions and available cages and kennels, a staff member will call you based upon your order on the waiting list to schedule appointments for the week. Appointments are scheduled each Thursday from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Each appointment should take approximately 30 minutes. At this time we can place dogs on a waiting list.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Your cat will be tested for feline AIDS and leukemia, or your dog over 6 months of age will be tested for heartworms at your expense of $25 (if you pet is accepted the $25 will be added to your surrender fee)
A staff member will evaluate the temperament of your pet.
Once your pet has been screened, and the Delaware SPCA decides to accept your pet, your surrender fee will be collected.
An appointment for screening does not guarantee that the Delaware SPCA will accept your pet.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO SURRENDER YOUR PET TODAY
If you opt not to wait for space to become available at the Delaware SPCA, you may want to consider other options. 1. Find a new home for the pet yourself with friends, neighbors, family or co-workers. 2. Place your pet temporarily with friends, family or possibly a boarding facility until space becomes available at the Delaware SPCA. 3. Surrender your pet to a rescue organization. Agencies may vary, so please ask them about their adoption practices and their policies surrounding the surrender of owned pets. A shelter should be your last resort.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Delaware SPCA Admissions Department:          302-998-2281
First State SPCA                                              302-943-6032
Delaware Humane Society                               302-571-0111
Faithful Friends                                              302-427-8514
Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown                302-856-6361