Pet surrender

Pet surrenderBefore you decide to give up your pet, please review our alternatives to surrendering your pet.

If, despite your best efforts, it is necessary to give up your pet, we are here to help. 

Our goal is to find a happy home for every healthy and treatable pet in our care. We achieve this by knowing more about the pets that come into our shelters. For this reason, we recommend that you make an appointment to surrender your pet so that we may learn as much as possible about it. Although we can’t guarantee placement for any pet, we are proud to save more than 16,000 lives every year.

What to do if you need to surrender your pet

Call (303) 751-5772 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to the Dumb Friends League. We accept all pets, with the exception of livestock, reptiles, wild animals or other exotic pets. If you have found a stray pet, please see our Lost & Found page.

What to bring to the shelter

  • Print out and complete the required Pet Surrender Questionnaire before you come to the shelter.
  • Bring the form and a copy of your pet’s vaccination and veterinary records with you to your appointment.
  • Also, be prepared to discuss your pet’s daily habits and behaviors.

Be sure that dogs are on leashes and cats or other small animals are in carriers.

Where to enter 

When you arrive at the shelter, enter through the doors marked Pet Intake.

What to expect

  • Your appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will include a health exam and behavior evaluation of your pet.
  • After we have gathered information about your pet and the exam and evaluation are complete, we will discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for your pet.
  • Please note that we will ask for a donation to help cover the cost of your pet’s care during its stay with us. A donation of $30 or more would be much appreciated, and will go towards caring for your pet and others in the shelter.