Relinquishing Your Pet

We understand how hard it can be when faced with the decision to give up a beloved pet. Thank you for making the choice to surrender your animal responsibility so that he or she will be safe and humanely cared for.

The Spokane Humane Society is a limited-admission shelter that accepts animals by appointment only.Admissions appointments allow us to collect as much information as possible about each animal and ensure that we have space to admit new animals. Please be aware that because of high demand, we usually have a 3-4 week waiting list for cats and kittens.

Your admissions appointment may take up to 20-30 minutes. We will have you fill out an information sheet about each animal. Dogs over 6 months of age will be held for a three day adjustment period. Afterwards a SAFER assessment will be performed to determine if the dog if the is eligible for adoption.

If your pet is determined to be ineligible for our adoption program you will be notified (if you choose to have the ‘call back’ option during your surrender appointment. You may choose to keep him or attempt to rehome him yourself, or you can release him to us for euthanasia.) If we accept your pet, you will be given the option if you would like to reclaim the animal if we are ultimately unable to place him. While we have no time limits for how long a physically and emotionally healthy animal can stay with us, occasionally a significant health or temperament problem surfaces during an animal’s stay that makes the animal unadoptable.

The Spokane Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations and other community support to carry out our work. It costs us an average of almost $200 to care for each animal during his or her stay with us for veterinary care, food and boarding. We request a donation when animals are released to us. While it is not required to contribute this full amount, your donation is greatly appreciated and will help us to care for the thousands of animals we receive each year.

Please call (509) 467-5235 to schedule an appointment or if you would like more information. In the case of an emergency, we will make every effort to admit the animal immediately. Click here for our address and driving directions. The owner releasing the animal must be at least 18 years of age and provide a driver’s license or other photo identification. If you have veterinary records for the pet, please bring them with you. Because releasing an animal to SHS is a final decision, we suggest that you include all members of your immediate family or household in your decision to release the animal, prior to bringing your pet to us.

Many unwanted animal behaviors can be corrected, enabling pets to successfully remain in the family. Please call us if you would like information about training or other solutions for keeping your pet. We will be happy to assist or refer you to others who can help.

Animal Drop Off

If you drop off an animal, you will be asked many questions about the animal’s history and temperament. You also will be required to sign a form that legally transfers ownership of the animal to the shelter. Even if you are bringing in a stray, you will be asked to sign the form. In that case you are a “representative of the owner” until the owner can be found.