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Surrendering Pets


If you are considering surrendering your pet, we may be able to help. Call us for resources to help keep or rehome your companion. Surrendered pets only accepted Monday - Thursday, 12 noon - 5:30 p.m. 


People bring their pets to Longmont Humane Society (LHS) for many reasons. They relocate, develop allergies, or there is a change in the family situation that doesn't allow proper care of the family pet. Whatever the reason, please call us at 303/772-1232 ext. 0 and ask for advice before bringing your pet to the shelter. We can hopefully give you some input, referrals, or helpful hints over the phone that may allow you to continue living with your pet. Because LHS is an open-admissions shelter, we are almost always at capacity, so we ask that you put forth every effort to find a suitable home for your pet. If you believe that surrendering your pet is the only option, LHS will help you with the surrendering process.  If we are at capacity we may not be able to intake your pet. We may ask you to keep the pet until space becomes available.

Surrender Process

  • If you have no other option, please be prepared to spend some time with a staff member when surrendering your pet so that we may collect as much background information as possible.
  • Please bring your pet to the shelter yourself. Owner information will be very helpful in placing your animal in a home that matches your pet's needs. You will be asked to fill out a personality profile about your pet.
  • Bring veterinary records. Your pet will be placed more successfully if we have full disclosure of all medical records. Also, this saves the expense and potential over-vaccination of your animal.
  • You can note your pet's preferences for toys and treats when completing the personality profile so his/her new home can purchase these favorite items. You are welcome to donate your pet's supplies and toys, but be advised they may not remain specifically with your pet.
  • Come during shelter hours. Please DO NOT leave your pet outside the shelter when the facility is closed. This can be VERY dangerous to your pet's well-being to leave them unattended and with no protection.
  • Bring a form of payment. A fee is required to surrender your animal to help defray the considerable cost we incur in caring for him/her, and additional donations of money or supplies are always welcome. We do NOT accept checks as a form of payment. Accepted forms of payment include cash, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. 
  • Animals must pass a behavioral and medical evaluation to assess their suitability for adoption. In the event your animal does not meet the criteria for adoption, he or she may be humanely euthanized if we have exhausted all resources available to us.

Cat Surrender Form
Dog Surrender Form

Fees for Surrender

A $40 fee per animal (dog or cat) is required from the following municipalities:
Longmont
Lyons
Frederick
Firestone
Hygiene
Gunbarrel
Mead
Niwot
Jamestown
Allenspark
Dacono

If you reside in an area outside of the above municipalities, we can only take your pet if space is available.  Please call before bringing your pet in and inquire about availability for your area.

A $80 fee is required from ALL OTHER Colorado municipalities not listed above
A $250 fee is required from out of state surrenders

Surrender Fees for litters of puppy/kittens with or without the mother from the above listed cities:
$40 per first animal (mother or puppy/kitten)
$30 per second animal
$20 per every animal after the first two animals

Surrender fees for small mammals/birds from the above listed cities:
$20 per rabbit, guinea pig

$15 hamster, mouse, or rat

We do not generally accept birds or reptiles.  Please contact us if you need a resource for your pet bird or reptile.

*We do not accept checks*
We do accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, Cash, or Money Order*
Fees subject to change at shelter's discretion