Animal Surrender

Michigan Humane works closely with pet owners to help keep animals in loving homes. We offer a variety of owner support services that members of our community can access through our Programs and Services page. 

If keeping your pet in your home is not an option, Michigan Humane encourage pet owners to review all the options available before making the decision to surrender to our facilities. 

Before You Decide to Surrender Your Pet

Please consider the following resources which have helped many people and their pets:

Check with relatives or friends who may be willing and able to provide your pet with a loving home.

If your pet is a purebred, an online search can help find local breed specific rescue groups.

Finding a pet friendly apartment may take a little more effort, but today there are many more rental options for people with pets. Try visiting one of many websites tailored to the needs of pet owners, such as, or Such websites save you time and effort by allowing you to search for apartments in various communities, in your target price range, that can accommodate your companion animal.

Consider applying for our temporary foster program if you believe that you will be able to be reunited with your pet within three months.

Rehoming Your Pet 

Before surrendering a pet to a shelter, we recommend first trying to find a suitable home for your pet by spreading the word among friends, relatives and co-workers.  Give yourself a few weeks to place the animal in a good home, and never give away your pet to someone without screening the person carefully and asking for references.  Please do not give your pet away “Free to a Good Home” as there are unscrupulous individuals who could harm your pet or sell the animal for research to make money.  Asking a reasonable fee may help deter such people. 

Michigan Humane has partnered with and the Petco Foundation to make the process of rehoming your pet easier. The Rehome program will find a loving forever home for your pet. Click the banner below for more info.

Making Your Pet as Adoptable as Possible 

Unsterilized (intact) pets are at a much greater risk of being surrendered by their owners. This is due to related health or behavior (aggression, marking, roaming) reasons, or because they produce “unwanted” litters.  By having your pet neutered or spayed, you may find you do not need to give him or her upMichigan Humane veterinary centers offer low sterilization fees among other services. 

Ensuring your pet is current on vaccinations and has had proper dental care will not only help keep him or her healthier in a shelter environment or new home but will also make them more appealing to a potential adopter. Groom or bathe your pet. Consider pet training which will make him or her more adoptable, and may even allow you to keep your pet. Also, having your pet at a healthy weight will make him or her more appealing to adopters. 

Surrendering a Pet

Michigan Humane is able to assist owners who need to surrender their pets through an appointment-based systemTo support the care of your pet and thousands of others each year, there is a $50 fee due at time of appointment. 

To schedule an appointment to surrender a pet call: 


Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Please remember to bring the following items so that we may better serve you: 

  • Vet records 
  • Complete a pet profile form (dog surrender form, cat surrender form) 
  • Please have your animal on a leash or in a carrier 
  • $50 surrender fee 
  • Driver’s license or state ID 

Michigan Humane recommends you bring a small item your pet is familiar with to help reduce stress 

Due to federal regulations we are unable to accept any medications for any reason. 

All customers are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

Michigan Humane pet surrender locations, by appointment only:

Please call 866-MHUMANE Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment at one of the locations below.

Mackey Center for Animal Care (Detroit)
Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care
Berman Center for Animal Care (Westland)
Livingston County Center for Animal Care (Howell)

Placement: Michigan Humane makes every effort to placsurrendered in new, loving homes. However, we cannot guarantee rehoming of your pet. The placement of an individual animal for adoption is based on an evaluation of his or her health and temperament. Once an animal is placed up for adoption at Michigan Humane, there is no time limit in which he or she can remain up for adoption.

Stray Animal Surrenders

Have you found a stray animal? Stray animals need to be taken to the designated municipal animal control facility for the area in which the animal was found. This is necessary to ensure the best possible chance of the pet being reunited with its family, who may already be calling or visiting that shelter.

Michigan Humane is the contracted municipal animal control facility for the following cities/townships and can legally accept strays from these areas. Cities/townships not included on this list do not have a contract with Michigan Humane. We are no longer able to accept animals from residents who live outside these cities/townships.

  • The City of Westland
  • The City of Livonia
  • The City of Dearborn Heights
  • The Township of Redford
  • The City of Canton
  • The City of Hamtramck

If you are not a resident in one of the Michigan Humane contract cities/townships listed above, but an animal is found in one of these cities/townships, authorization must be obtained from the city/township to leave the animal with us. Please call 866-MHUMANE to ask for the location of the appropriate city.



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