Owner/Stray Surrender

We accept all owner and stray surrenders at no cost and we will not turn anyone away. Because we are a tax funded facility we limit this service to Rush County residents only, as they pay through taxes to have this service available to them.

Pets can be surrendered during our visiting hours. DO NOT bring the pet to the shelter during non visiting hours. If you leave the pet unattended outside our shelter or release the pet loose in the country you are placing the pet at unnecessary risk of being lost, injured, or death and you may face fines by doing so.

Please, please, be honest with us about if it is a stray or owner surrender! By claiming it as a stray you delay your pet’s chances of being placed for adoption due to a mandatory stray hold period. Your pet also loses out on the chance for staff to know important information that may help them get adopted quicker. Our shelter is a judge free zone, we will take your pet in for ANY reason. If you want help to keep your pet instead, ask! We will do the best we can to help out in any way possible.

We consider it an owned pet after 14 consecutive days of care provided for that animal.

We DO NOT euthanize for time or space, however we will for health or behavior reasons. As long as the pet is happy and healthy they are allowed to stay with us for as long as needed to find a home. If possible we will look for rescue options before making the decision to euthanize.

Owner Surrender

  • Provide proof that you are a Rush County Resident (driver license, rental agreement, mortgage statement within the last 30 days, utility bill within the last 30 days)
  • Bring all vet records, including vaccinations
  • Prepare to answer questions about your pet, you are welcome to write out what information you want us to know ahead of time, this gives the best chance for your pet to find the right placement
  • Once you surrender the pet to us, you give up all rights to that pet. Meaning you will not have the option to make any decisions for your pet
  • If you change your mind after surrender and the pet is currently available for adoption, you have the option to adopt your pet back at the full price adoption fee plus any additional costs incurred by the shelter
  • You will not be permitted to visit with your pet after adoption, this is to reduce the stress on your pet, yourself, volunteers, staff members, and potential adopters
  • You are welcome to bring any pet supplies no longer needed as a donation to the shelter

Stray Surrender 

Also see: Found/Lost Pets if you rather hold on to the pet instead

  • Provide proof that you are a Rush County Resident (driver license, rental agreement, mortgage statement within the last 30 days, utility bill within the last 30 days)
  • Once you surrender the pet to us, you give up all rights to that pet. Meaning you will not have the option to make any decisions for the pet
  • If you change your mind after surrender and the pet is currently available for adoption, you have the option to adopt the pet back at the full price adoption fee plus any additional costs incurred by the shelter
  • You will not be permitted to visit with the pet after adoption, this is to reduce the stress on the pet, yourself, volunteers, staff members, and potential adopters