Admissions Process

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO SURRENDER YOUR PET
You have a number of choices, and surrendering your pet to the Delaware SPCA should be your last resort. However, if you have exhausted alternatives to relinquishment, here is how our admissions process works.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
Surrendered pets will only be accepted by appointment. There is a $50 relinquishment fee for each animal surrendered.

If we have space available in our shelter, we will schedule 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 from one week to two 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 adoptable animals find homes. Based on the number of available cages and kennels, a staff member will call you according to your place on the waiting list. Each appointment should take approximately 30 minutes.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 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 NOW
If you opt not to wait for space to become available at the Delaware SPCA, you may want to consider other options.

  • Find a new home for the pet yourself with friends, neighbors, family or co-workers.
  • Place your pet temporarily with friends, family or possibly a boarding facility until space becomes available at the Delaware SPCA.
  • Surrender your pet to a rescue organization. Agencies may vary, so please ask them about their policies surrounding the surrender of owned pets. A shelter should be your last resort.

RESOURCES

  • Brandywine Valley SPCA:  (302) 516-1008
  • Delaware Humane Association: (302) 571-0111
  • Faithful Friends: (302) 427-8514
  • First State Animal Center and SPCA: (302) 943-6032