Owner Surrender - Gulf Coast Humane Society in SWFL

Owner Surrender

By Appointment Only

Per Lee County Statute, the Gulf Coast Humane Society is only allowed to take in animals surrendered by their owner. We are unable to take in strays or abandoned animals. These animals must be taken to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. There is a surrender fee to help offset the cost of caring for animals surrendered.

You can contact ownersurrender@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org to start the process.

Instructions to submit an Owner Surrender Form: 1. Click “Owner Surrender Form”   2. Fill out form. All required boxes (signified in red) must be filled out.  3. Click “Submit” when completed.

Animals are accepted only by appointment AFTER an appointment request has been submitted and space
is available. If the animal is microchipped, only the owner which is named on the microchip can
owner-surrender the animal.

Let’s work together to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.

All animals are accepted only by appointment. Space for your pet is limited and depends upon the size and breed of your animal. You will be contacted when space is available to schedule an appointment based upon the time we receive your email with the necessary information.

Surrender appointment request

To begin the process of surrendering your pet to GCHS you will need to submit an appointment request which will put you on a wait list until space is available to schedule your pet to come in. Please complete the Surrender Request form, attach a picture of your pet, and email all to ownersurrender@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org Scheduling an appointment will be based upon your pet’s size, breed, if it is spayed or neutered, age, and when we received your appointment request.

If you are unable to print the Surrender Request form we need the following information along with a current picture of your pet: owner name, phone number, zip code, species (dog/cat), breed, pet’s name, age, sex, spay or neuter, health/vaccination history, any medical concerns of the animal, reason for surrendering. Please email to ownersurrender@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org

Owner Surrender Criteria:
All animals MUST pass a temperament & kennel assessment. If we are unable to safely handle your pet, we will be unable to take him/her in. We cannot take an aggressive pet or a dog that has a bite history. All dogs MUST test negative for heartworm. All cats MUST test negative for FIV/AIDS.

The cost to care for and re-home pets can be in the hundreds of dollars for each animal that comes into our care. GCHS is a private, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. We are also not affiliated with any national humane organizations. GCHS asks for a surrender fee to help subsidize this cost. The fee is non-refundable and will be collected only if we are able to accept your animal after its evaluation and required testing.

Dogs – $100.00 if not spayed/neutered, $75.00 if spayed/neutered
Cats – $50.00
Pocket Pets & Rabbits (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets) – With cage $10-$25 each, Without cage $25-$35 each

Animal Admission:

Once you receive an appointment bring with you all veterinary/vaccination records which are critical to our evaluation process. The more we know about your pet, the better we’re able to place him or her into a new home.