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.

Your first step is complete the Owner Surrender Intake Form.

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.

Surrender Appointment Request

Your first step is to complete the Owner Surrender Request form.  Scheduling an appointment will be based upon your pet’s size, breed, if it is spayed or neutered, age, available space, and when we received your appointment request. If you are unable to attached vet records or a photo to the form, please send to: [email protected]

Owner Surrender Criteria
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. Please see Animal Admission Appointment below for more information regarding your owner surrender appointment.

Cats $50, Dogs Spayed/Neutered $75, Dogs not spayed/neutered $100. 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.

Animal Admission Appointment

Once your appointment has been scheduled, please be aware of the following:

The more we know about your pet, the better we’re able to place him or her into a new home.

All pets must pass a temperament test & kennel assessment; if we are unable to safely handle your pet or they do not do well in the kennel environment, we will not be able to take them in.

Please bring any medical/vet records you may have for your pet.

For safety reasons, at the time of your appointment dogs must arrive on-leash; cats must arrive in a carrier/crate.

If we are unable to intake your pet, we will provide you with a list of alternate surrender resources.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know so we can open that spot up for another pet in-need.