Surrender Information

WCHS recognizes that unexpected things can happen in our lives that require us to make changes. For whatever reason, people may be forced to surrender their animal(s). Please know that we will do everything in our power to ensure your surrendered animal is placed in a responsible, loving home. The surrender fee we charge is for your pet to come into our facility and will help us care for your animal until he or she is placed in a new home.

If you need to surrender an animal to our shelter, we ask that you call and make an appointment first. Priority is given to Washington County residents, but we may take out of county animals if space permits. Please call our shelter during business hours to make arrangements for animal surrenders at 262-677-4388.

When you surrender an animal, he or she will receive a health evaluation and behavior assessment. There is no time or space limit at our shelter, which means that if your animal is selected for adoption, he or she will remain with us until a new home is found. Be aware, however, that an animal that has been friendly to you may react differently under the stress of being around strangers and other animals.

At the time of surrender, you should bring in all medical records for your animal as well as your driver’s license. We do have fees to surrender as it costs the Humane Society at least $125 initially to provide care for each animal that comes to us.

A typical surrender can take up to 30 minutes as we have a questionnaire and paperwork to fill out to help make the best match for your animal when it is adopted out.