Do you need to surrender your pet? We can help.

Pet surrender can be a difficult and emotional decision for you and your family. Life changing circumstances can often mean you can no longer care for your beloved pet. While we hope that every animal will enjoy a loving and stable forever home, we realize that pet ownership is a large responsibility and sometimes pet owners do not know where to turn for help.

If you are a Tompkins County resident with a cat, dog, or other companion animal that you can no longer keep, you should call and speak with one of our staff members who may be able to help you with additional resources to help you through a difficult time with your pet. It may also be possible that you have exhausted all other option and have no choice but to surrender your pet to the SPCA of Tompkins County.

So that we are prepared to accept your pet and have staff available for an intake exam, we ask that pet surrenders be done by appointment. We have surrender appointments available on most weekdays and weekends during normal business hours. Please call (607) 257-1822 x237 to make an appointment or email

All animal surrenders require a completed surrender profile, the links to which are located below. We ask that you print out this form, complete it, and bring it along with any other veterinary records you may have and the appropriate fee to your surrender appointment or you can pick one up in advance at any of our locations.

There is a $40 surrender fee per pet. The SPCA is a private, not for profit animal shelter and rely on fees and donations to provide care for the animals being surrendered to us. If you are unable to afford a surrender fee, please discuss that with us prior to surrender.

Surrenders of Underage Kittens and Puppies

The SPCA offers a foster program for kittens and puppies less than eight-weeks old born in Tompkins County. These animals are under-vaccinated, and as a result, are in danger of catching diseases and getting sick and may need immediate veterinary care. We ask that members of the public call to make an appointment for surrender of these litters so that we may have foster families standing by to limit their time in the shelter. Please call (607) 257-1822 x237 to make an appointment or email

Pet Surrender Intake Forms:

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