Giving Up Your Pet

Pets are a lifetime commitment and your pet depends on you to ensure that they are happy, healthy and loved. Before making a decision to give up your pet, we ask that you explore every other alternative first. The shelter should be used as last resort when trying to find your pet a new home. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA can ONLY accept pets who live in Charlottesville or Albemarle County. If after pursuing alternative re-homing methods you still do not have placement for your animal, you may complete the surrender profile at the bottom of this page. As there is a wait list to surrender animals to the CASPCA, it is not an immediate solution.

To speak with CASPCA regarding the process to surrender your pet, contact or call 434.973.5959 x203. Due to the high volume of calls, please expect a response within 48 hours.

Alternatives to giving up your pet:

Pet Food Assistance

The CASPCA will provide temporary assistance to individuals in need that are experiencing financial difficulties and are unable to afford pet food. Thanks to the donations of others, the CASPCA can provide pet food to individuals in need of short-term help. To request such assistance, email, briefly explaining your situation and the number of pets that you own. You may be required to provide proof of rabies, or our clinic staff may administer the vaccine on-site.

Behavior concerns

Have you tried our dog obedience classes? Most beginner classes will make living with your pet more enjoyable. If you are having difficulties with your pet’s behavior, visit the sites below for helpful information:

If you are still having problems, our free behavior consultation service may be your next step. Please email and provide a description of your pet, his/her living situation, describe the unwanted behavior (and any potential triggers), and how/when best to contact you.

Pet-friendly Housing

Try visiting to find a pet friendly rental.

Spay/Neuter assistance

Spay/neutering your pet has many health and behavioral benefits and will help prevent homeless animals in our community.

Re-home your Pet

You are your pet’s best chance of finding a new loving home. The shelter is a stressful environment for animals, and our goal is to find a good alternate solution to placing him or her in the shelter. Here are some suggestions below:

  • Make sure your pet is spayed and neutered and up to date on its vaccines, so a new adopter isn’t hit with costs.
  • Take photos and videos of your pet.
  • Write a short paragraph describing your pet and the type of home that would be a good fit for him/her.
  • Share the above information with family, friends, and neighbors or post on Facebook. Tell them why you must find your pet a new home.
  • Contact local rescue groups.

Surrendering your pet to the CASPCA

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA can ONLY accept pets who live in Charlottesville or Albemarle County. Surrendering your pet to the SPCA may be very traumatic for your pet, is not a quick process, and should be a last resort. To ensure that you are given the time and attention you deserve and that we have the space and accommodations your pet deserves, please make an appointment by filling out the online surrender profile and a staff member will contact you within 48 hours. Animals are accepted by appointment only, and appointments last approximately 30 minutes.

Please bring the following with you to your scheduled appointment:

  • Your drivers license
  • All veterinary records
  • Any medications your pet is taking
  • Payment for the continuing care of your pet.
    • $75 per animal for litters of puppies/kittens and adult pets not spayed or neutered or up to date on vaccines.
    • $50 per animal for adult pets who are spayed or neutered and are up to date on vaccines.