If you are relinquishing your pet for financial reasons (inability to purchase food, medical assistance) or due to illness, please call (951) 358-7387. We may be able to help you!
Resources for rehoming your pet:
Try listing your pet for adoption through these sources before relinquishing it to the shelter-
Rehome a Pet by Adopt-a-Pet & The Petco Foundation
Get Your Pet
• Network your pet to your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Post them on your social media and ask your friends to share!
• Post your pet on many different websites including Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Nextdoor, and wherever else an adopter may see them!
• Have an honest conversation with any potential adopters to ensure that their home is a good match for the pet
• Consider getting your pet spayed or neutered if they aren’t already and getting them up to date on their shots – this may make your pet more adoptable for a new home
Make an appointment: If you have tried every avenue to rehome your pet and need to bring it to the shelter, you must make an appointment prior to bringing your pet in. This is to ensure we can provide the best possible service to you and your pet and to assist you efficiently. Call (951) 385-7387 to schedule an appointment.
The Department of Animal Services provides a relinquishment service to the public for pet owners who are unable to keep their pets. Each pet will be evaluated at the time of relinquishment.
After completing an animal history form you will have a consultation with an animal care employee. It you come in before the designated time for consultations, you may be asked to come back later. Refer to the list of times per shelter below.
A $143 Commitment Fee applies to all cats and dogs at the time of relinquishment at the shelter. Additional fees may apply if your dog is not currently licensed. You may be liable for retroactive or late licensing fees. Also, please remember to bring your pets medical records and vaccine history. If you cannot provide proof of current vaccinations, you will be charged for vaccines needed to surrender your dog or cat to the shelter.
Other animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, etc.) can be relinquished during normal business hours for a fee of $20.
SUMMARY OF FEES
To relinquish your dog or cat to one of our facilities: $143
For a field officer to pick up your dog or cat from your home: $145 for cats and $153 for dogs
Relinquishment of other animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, etc.): $20
Dogs and cats can be relinquished between the hours of:
Western Riverside County/City Shelter: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Coachella Valley Animal Campus: During normal business hours
Blythe Shelter: During normal business hours
*Other animals may be relinquished during normal business hours.
You may want to consider surrendering your pet to an animal rescue organization instead. Rescues are privately run groups that usually specialize in certain breeds or breed mixes. A good number of rescues keep their pets with fosters families in a home environment until they are adopted. In some cases they are able to assist in placing animals with special needs. Below are list of referral agencies for animal rescues. The Department Of Animal Services does not recommend or endorse this list.
Breed Specific Rescue Referral
- American Kennel Club (AKC) | akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm
Pet Friendly Establishments
- My Apartment Map | www.myapartmentmap.com/pet_friendly/