Owner Surrender

Alternatives to Surrender

A shelter should be your last resort for placing your animal. Before contacting the Toronto Humane Society you should attempt to place the animal in another home on your own. Ask friends, family and neighbours and put up flyers in your neighbourhood and at your local pet store, pet park and veterinary clinics. Placing your animal in a shelter will be stressful and difficult for your animal and we are eager to avoid this if possible.

The Toronto Humane Society takes in thousands of animals every year, and often the surrender could have been prevented. Please review the list below to see if there are alternative options available for your specific circumstance.

Cannot Afford

Landlord Issues

Pet Allergies

Pets and Pregnancy

Animal Surrender and Admissions

At the Toronto Humane Society we believe that pet ownership is a commitment that lasts for the life of your pet. However, we do understand that there are some circumstances that may prevent you from being able to keep your animal, and we are here to help you through this difficult time.

Surrender and Admissions Process and Forms

We are currently booking appointments for those individuals or families that need to surrender their pets. Please note that surrenders are only accepted with an appointment.

The Toronto Humane Society is a charity and relies on private donations to continue helping the thousands of animals we take in each and every year. There is a $50 surrender fee for all admissions to help us provide this care.

To inquire about surrendering your animal please contact 416 392 2273 ext. 2248 or intake@torontohumanesociety.com. The fax number for the Intake Department is 416-392-9963.

You will be required to:

The Toronto Humane Society has the right to refuse to accept your animals at our discretion.

The Toronto Humane Society is unable to accommodate wildlife animals at this time and we have partnerships with other organizations who are assisting us in this regard.

Surrender appointments may take up to one hour per animal to complete. You must remain at the shelter throughout that time until the process is completed.