Alternatives to 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.

Alternatives to giving up your pet:

Pet Food Assistance

The SPCA 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 SPCA can provide pet food to individuals in need of short-term help and who would like to keep their pets. If you would like to request such assistance, please email, briefly explaining your situation and the number of pets that you own. All information submitted will be kept confidential.

Behavior concerns

If you are having difficulties with your pet’s behavior, Dumb Friends League™ has great information that may help:

If you are still having problems, our free behavior consultation service may be your next step. Simply email, and give us a general description of your pet and his/her living situation and describe the unwanted behavior, some details about when it happens and information about how to contact you.

Have you tried our dog obedience classes? Most beginner classes can trouble shoot and make living with your pet more enjoyable.

Pet-friendly Housing

Try visiting to find a pet friendly rental.

Spay/Neuter assistance

Spay/neutering your pet can have 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.