Surrendering an animal

READ THIS FIRST: We do NOT have a building/shelter or an abundance of foster families that can take in animals. We assist families or kind Samaritans with pet placement assistance for pets that they are able to continue to keep in their own homes in hopes of preventing them from being surrendered to the local county shelter, which is typically overcrowded & understaffed. They are working hard to become a no-kill facility, so helping them reduce intake can help them reach this goal.

To qualify for pet placement help, the animal MUST already be fixed (or you must be on our low-cost spay-neuter clinic schedule to have it done) AND we require a minimum of ONE MONTH to work to make it worth our effort & to give the animal a fair chance. The only exception is small dogs weighing no more than 15 lbs., which we can usually find homes for fairly quickly.

Is an allergy the reason you’re giving up a pet??

If yes, please review this important article in detail before making your decision… you may learn a few things & decide you don’t have to give up your pet after all!


Are you being deployed?

If you really don’t want to give up your pet, one of these sites may be able to help you!

Dogs On Deployment          

Is this your pet?

Please review the options below, then email us for a Dog/Cat Information Sheet, which will need to be completed & emailed back to us along with several good photos of your pet. We can also include short videos of your pet being sweet, performing commands, etc.

Option 1 – My pet is spayed/neutered, and I’d like to screen adopters myself. If your pet is already spayed/neutered, we can provide your pet with its own web page on www.Petfinder.com, a nationally recognized website that finds homes for hundreds of thousands of homeless pets each year. Your contact information (phone, email or both – your choice) will be provided on the web page, so potential adopters can contact you directly with questions or to arrange a visit or adoption.

Option 2 – My pet is spayed/neutered, but I’d like the Humane Society to screen potential adopters for me. (A $50 adoption donation will be charged to the adopter when this service is provided). Your pet will be provided with its own web page on www.petfinder.com. All potential adopters will contact the Humane Society to complete an adoption application. Veterinary references and a home visit may also be requested.

Option 3 – My pet is not already spayed/neutered. Per state law, all pets must be fixed before the Humane Society can put them up for adoption. Fixed pets also increase the chances for a quicker adoption! If the animal is on the schedule at our low-cost spay-neuter clinic, we can go ahead & post for adoption & try to work the animal in prior to going to its new home.

Is this a stray?

Per state law, a diligent effort MUST be made to locate the animal’s original family… even if the animal is in poor condition:

  1. File a report with Montgomery County Animal Care & Control as they are the county-funded facility that handles stray intake & pickups. They will provide guidance on what date you can legally rehome the animal.
  2. Post a photo on the Lost & Found Pets of Clarksville Facebook group. There are thousands of local pet lovers, shelter volunteers & staff on that page that may recognize the animal.

Once the above has been done & you can legally rehome the animal, see Options 1 & 2 above.

Please consider the following before you “commit” to foster or re-home an animal:

Felines: Adult cats are a dime a dozen in this area, which provides for low adoption rates. Adults cats often remain in foster care for at least 3-6 months, if they have exceptional personalities. Kittens usually adopt quicker, 1-2 months, but if they are feral or extremely shy they could easily grow to be adults while in foster care.

Canines: Typically, the smaller the dog the quicker the adoption. Dogs that get along well with kids, other dogs & cats are deemed most adoptable. Sadly, no matter how exceptional the personality, dogs with the following characteristics are often overlooked or can take several months or more to find homes:

  • 1) larger dogs (over 55 lbs.),
  • 2) black or black/tan colored dogs,
  • 3) older dogs (5+ years), and
  • 4) media stereotyped breeds like pit bull terriers, rottweilers, & chows (or even mixes of these breeds).

We are not attempting to discourage you from fostering dogs with these characteristics… because THEY deserve a chance, too! We just want you to have the facts before you commit. 🙂

Photographing Tips:

We can post up to 5 photos of your pet on its web page. The better the photos, the more interest your pet will get from potential adopters. If you have no way to submit pictures, we can find a volunteer to help you. Try to get pictures from various angles (i.e. headshots, sitting, laying, standing from front, standing from side, etc.). Don’t force the pictures. Try to take advantage of photo opportunities when the pet is relaxed. Photos that show a pet’s personality are helpful too… playing with a toy, laying with front paws crossed, wearing a bandana, chewing a bone, cuddling with another pet or human, etc.

Tips for “screening” potential adopters for those of you who wish to do your own screening: (coming soon!)