Re-homing a Pet

Surrender Your Pet


Options for Re-homing a Pet

Considering re-homing a pet is a difficult decision to make. Please take time to consider all other options before re-homing your pet.



Alternatives to re-homing your pet

We at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League may be able to help you keep your pet at home or there may be alternative re-homing options available to you. Please consider the following alternatives before surrendering your pet.

Resources to consider before bringing an animal to us: 

Finding a New Home For Your Pet

If you would like to find a new home for a pet, rather than turn the animal into a shelter there are proactive strategies you can use to increase your chances of success.


STEP 1: Prepare the animal for adoption. 

To increase the chances of finding a home and the success of the new placement, it is important that the pet is:

  • Spayed or neutered

  • In good health and up-to-date on vaccinations

  • Clean and groomed

  • House-trained and reasonably well-behaved

If the pet isn't spayed or neutered, have it done. We don't recommend placing an animal who has not been spayed/neutered into a new home. Doing so can result in unwanted litters, and neutered animals are less likely to show undesirable mating behaviors, such as mounting or howling. Puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks old can be spayed/neutered. For more information, visit our spay / neuter page>

Although we may not have room to adopt out the pet we are able to offer assistance such as our low-cost spay/neuter clinic, low cost obedience-training classes.


STEP 2: Advertise Wisely!

You can post your pet on and they will help you create a profile for your pet. Adding photos, videos and personal stories about your pet will generate more interest in your pet's profile.

Not sure you can find the right adopter? Adopt-a-Pet has question-by-question screening guidance right on the application page, so you can see which answers are great, which are not-so-great, and which ones might require follow-up questions.

Adopt-a-Pet gives you a personalized adoption agreement you and your adopter can sign online. You'll even be able to specify what you want to happen if the adoption doesn't work out (rest assured, most adoptions are successful): if you want the pet returned to you or you want the adopter to find a new home for the pet.


STEP 3: Get the pet out there! 

(This works especially well with dogs.) The more the pet is out and about, interacting with people, the more likely he'll charm the right person. Take him on walks, to pet supply stores, to the local park. You can even put a colorful bandana or sign on him that says "Adopt me" or "Looking for a home." 


STEP 4: Be creative, positive and persistent. 

There are many animals needing homes at any one time, so finding a home can take some work. But, there are good homes out there, so try to maintain a positive attitude. Explore all options you can think of for finding a home - creativity and persistence are usually rewarded.


STEP 5: Remind yourself that you are this pet's best option for finding a new home. 

You might think shelters or rescue groups would be more adept at placing the pet because we have experience, facilities, screening guidelines, etc. But, an individual, particularly one who knows the animal, can focus all his or her efforts on that pet, provide the most information to prospective adopters, and best determine the appropriateness of a new home. Also, any shelter or sanctuary is stressful for an animal. The shelter setting, no matter how nice, can bring on stress-related problems. Anxiety, aggression, and even illness are common and these natural reactions may make adoption difficult or impossible.

Surrendering an Animal to Peggy Adams

We understand that it is sometimes necessary to relinquish a pet. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League accepts cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies. Since we  are committed to keeping animals as long as it takes to find them a loving home, we can only accept as many animals as we can humanely house and care for. To help us better care for more animals, we accept owner surrendered pets by appointment only. We are not able to care for exotic pets, livestock, reptiles or wild animals.

We do our best to screen all of our animals for any medical or behavioral problems, and we are able to do this best when we have an opportunity to speak with the owner about their time with the pet and the owner shares with us any pertinent medical or behavioral information. Our goal is to find a happy home for every healthy and treatable animal. We can achieve this by knowing more about the animals that come into our care. While we do our best to place every animal that comes in to our care, we cannot guarantee placement for any animal. While it is always a last resort, and in 2019 we saved 94% of all animals that entered our care, we will euthanize an animal if deemed medically or behaviorally necessary. If you have found a litter of kittens, please read our Found Kitten Resources page. If you found a cat or dog, please visit our Lost and Found Resources

At this time we are not accepting pets from outside Palm Beach County. Please contact a shelter in your area. 

Appointment Process

1. Complete the form at the bottom of this page.

2. Print the confirmation page, bring it and a copy of your pet's veterinary records with you to your appointment.

3. A representative of the League will email you to schedule an appointment. Your appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes during which you will speak with an admissions specialist, and potentially a member from our medical and/or behavior team so we can obtain the most complete picture of your pet so we can make appropriate decisions regarding placement.

4. After all information about your pet has been gathered, we will discuss your options with you so you can make the best decision for your pet.

If your animal has bitten or broken skin in the last 10 days, please contact Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.

The cost to care for and to re-home pets can be in the hundreds of dollars for each animal that comes into our care. The League asks for a suggested minimum $50 donation at the time of your appointment to cover administrative and behavior specialist fees. It is not dependent on the outcome you choose for your pet after its evaluation.

(Methods of payment accepted: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover)

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is a local, independent 501(c)3 organization that is funded solely by service fees, individual donors, foundations and corporate partners. The League does not receive city, state or federal government funding. 

Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

We understand the grief that comes when it’s time to put your pet to sleep. Through compassion and the utmost respect for your pet, we can help you through this difficult time. Please refer to our Grief and Loss page for more information on grief counseling.

We offer euthanasia and cremation services>


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