Surrender a Pet

Surrender a Pet

The decision to relinquish at pet is a difficult one.  Often animal behavior counseling, training classesappropriate veterinary care or finding pet friendly apartment complexes can help keep a pet in their home.  We encourage you to exhaust all other resources before making this decision.

Receiving hours:

Monday - Sunday: 12pm-4pm

We also know that relinquishment is sometimes the best choice for the animal. If there is no other option available to you but giving up legal rights to your pet, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando will accept your dog or cat, provide veterinary medical care, nourishing food, water, and shelter. Our SAFER® certified team determines the adoptability of every pet.

Request an appointment by calling (407) 351-7722, or use the chat feature on our website.

At this time, we require making an appointment to surrender your pet(s). You may complete the surrender forms prior by printing them online (Dog Form | Cat Form)

There is a minimum of $20 to surrender your pet, or $40 for a litter of 2 or more. Most of the people who drop off a pet leave a minimum donation of $50, as it ranges from $200 - $350 for us to care for a shelter pet.

You may donate online or in-person.

Surrender Alternatives

If you know what breed your pet is, another option is to surrender your pet to a breed-specific rescue. Potential adopters often have a specific breed in mind, and for that reason, will look to these type of rescues. This can often ensure that your pet finds a new home that's a perfect fit for him or her.

For military members who are planning for deployment and need a temporary home for their animals, please contact Dogs on Deployment.  They provide volunteers willing to board service members pets during their commitment.


Dog Rescues:

American Brittany Rescue
Cattle Dog Rescue
Central Florida Pug Rescue
Florida Boxer Rescue Inc
Florida Little Dog Rescue
Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida Inc.
Greyhound Pets of America

Greyhound Ranch Adoptions Inc
IMPS  MinPin Rescue
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue
Schnauzer Love Rescue
Senior Houndsabound Inc
Suncoast Basset Rescue Inc
A New Beginning Pet Rescue, Inc.

Cat Rescues:

Care Feline TNR (trap and release)

Surrender FAQ's

When is the Receiving Center open?

The receiving center is open 7 days a week, 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Do I have to make an appointment to surrender a pet?

An appointment is not required, but highly recommended.  We accept walk-ins from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Sunday, depending on availability and there will be an extended wait time.  We try out best to accommodate all walk-ins, but cannot guarantee you will be seen.

Can anyone make an appointment in receiving?

Yes, anyone that is the legal owner of the pet and is 18 years or older, with a photo ID, is welcome to make an appointment to surrender his/her cat(s) or dog(s) to the shelter. 

How can I keep track of my pet once I surrender?

The only way to track your pet is by monitoring our website.  Once a pet’s picture is no longer on the website it likely means the pet has been adopted.  We will not be able to give out any information on any pets that are not listed as adoptable on our website and do not provide adopter information.

Are you a no-kill shelter?

We are considered a low-kill shelter meaning we do not euthanize for time or space, only for severe medical or aggression issues.  Our adoption rate is very high with a 95% live release rate.

Is there a cost to surrender my pet?

There is a minimum of $20 to surrender your pet, or $40 for a litter of 2 or more. Most of the people who drop off a pet leave a minimum donation of $50, as it ranges from $200 - $350 for us to care for a shelter pet.

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is a non-profit organization. What happens to the revenue that the shelter will generate?

Any purchase or donation today supports the care of over 8,000 dogs and cats in our shelters.