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Owner Surrender

Surrender Your Pet to the Shelter

We understand giving up a pet is a very difficult decision. At the Breckinridge County Animal Shelter, we accept pet surrenders by appointment only. Pet surrender fees may be applied. Acceptance for adoption is based on a health and temperament evaluation by our shelter director. We cannot guarantee finding a new home for your pet or in a particular length of time. Also, please remember that our shelter is often full.

Considering Re-Home Your Pet

Before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter, see if you can find someone who may love to give your pet a home. Tell friends, family, and co-workers. Ask them to spread the word. You never know who may be looking for a new companion. It can often take weeks or even months to find the right home. Give yourself time to re-home a pet. If you’re considering strangers as your pet’s new owners, first meet in a public place and ask potential adopters questions and share expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a animal lover that meets yours and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information so you can follow up on how your pet is doing.

Increase Your Pet’s Adoptability

Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Write an attention grabbing pet profile to post on multiple online platforms.

Once you are approved to surrender a pet, please fill out our surrender question form. The form helps us better understand your pet’s background.

Be honest! We will ask you to describe your animal’s health and behavior. This information helps us find a good match for your pet’s new home.

Bring the following items to the shelter for your appointment:

• Your pet on a leash or in a carrier
• Your pet’s veterinary records
• Completed dog or cat surrender form
• One of your pet’s toys or a small familiar item
• Your driver’s license or state ID

Have questions about our services?

We offer a lot of services to animals and owners in our area. If you have any questions about our services, please give us a call or email us!


Monday . . . . . . .  12PM - 4PM
Tuesday . . . . . . .  12PM - 4PM
Wednesday . . . . 11AM - 4PM
Thursday . . . . . . . 11AM - 4PM
Friday . . . . . . . . . . 12PM - 4PM
Saturday . . . . . . . . 11AM - 1PM
Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED


498 Glen Nash Lane
Hardinsburg, KY 40143