Surrender an Animal

We do our best to accommodate the dozens of daily requests we receive to help animals in our community. However, since we are a no-kill organization that does not euthanize to make room for more animals, Delaware SPCA accepts pets by appointment as our space and resources allow. We are committed to helping you keep your furry friend in your family, forever. Before choosing to surrender, please check out the resources below.

Rehoming Your Pet

Many services are available to help you find a new home for your pet rather than take them to a shelter. You will have peace of mind that your pet is going to a new home committed to caring for them, shield them from the stress of a shelter, and leave space in the shelter for pets who truly have nowhere else to go.

Financial Concerns

We understand the cost of medical care for a pet can be quite a burden, especially given today’s economy.  In hopes of lessening that burden, Delaware SPCA offers a low-cost Wellness Clinic three days a week. Call us at 302-998-2281 to make an appointment. We also offer bi-monthly low-cost Vaccine Clinics to keep your pet healthy, as well as our Pet Food Pantry for members of our community in need.

Behavior Concerns

BlackDog Behavior & Training offers private one-on-one sessions as well as group classes taught by a certified professional dog trainer using positive reinforcement techniques.  Private training, conducted at your home, is tailored to fit your specific goals as you work as a team to accomplish them.  Group classes, held at Riverfront Pets in Wilmington, are limited in size to maximize your dog’s learning experience and to allow the trainer to provide personalized instruction.  All sessions aim to help you understand your dog’s language and how to communicate more clearly so you can live your best life together. Dogs adopted from Delaware SPCA are eligible for a 10% discount on training packages. For additional information on private training please visit  For additional information on group classes please visit

BlackDog Behavior and Training, LLC uses only positive reinforcement techniques, aimed to create healthy, sustainable behavioral change. With this humane approach, behavior modification plans are designed to set realistic, low stress goals for both the dog and handler. BlackDog is a judgment-free zone for owners, and strives to make training feel approachable, for even the most challenging behavior.

Surrendering Your Pet

Delaware SPCA offers an owner surrender program for pets as space in our shelter becomes available. We ask for a $50 donation for each animal surrendered to offset the cost of caring for them until they are adopted. If you are unable to give a donation, please consider a smaller monetary donation or items such as laundry detergent, bleach, blankets, towels, paper towels, etc. 

If we have space available in our shelter, we will schedule a surrender appointment. During the appointment, you’ll complete a questionnaire that will help us find a good home for your pet. Our staff will also evaluate the animal to make sure we can safely handle them. If your pet is aggressive or cannot be handled, we will decline the surrender.

If there is not space available, you will be placed on our waiting list and will receive a call when space becomes available.

Lost & Found / Animal Control

Delaware SPCA does not have have legal authority to do animal control or investigation of animal abuse. Please click here for information about what to do if you are a Delaware resident who wants to report or get assistance with:

  • Found pets
  • Stray dogs/dogs at large or dangerous/vicious dogs
  • Animal abuse, neglect, fighting, abandonment
  • Concerns about animal housing/general care
  • A person or animal who has been bitten or scratched by an animal, including vicious dogs