Rehome Assistance

    Pets are surrendered for many reasons—financial concerns, illness, moving to a home that doesn’t welcome pets, allergies, pet behavior issues, and unwanted litters—to name a few. Rehoming a pet can be devastating for the owner and the animal, so HSSC urges pet owners to consider other options before deciding to surrender. We’re here to help. HSSC offers many resources to help keep pets in loving homes. 
    HSSC is a private, managed-admission shelter. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of rehome requests and limited staff and resources, HSSC is not able to accommodate all requests.  We accept cats and dogs by appointment only. An appointment does not guarantee acceptance into HSSC. Each pet is evaluated for health and temperament. We accept rehome applicants from Sarasota County or Manatee County only. Animals from other counties are case-by-case. 

    HSSC makes every effort to place healthy, friendly pets in new, loving homes, but we cannot guarantee the rehoming of your pet. The first step is to fill out the form below.

    If you have any questions about rehoming your cat or dog, please contact us at [email protected] or call 941.955.4131. 

    If you have found a stray animal, please contact Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services at 941.861.9500 or Manatee County Animal Services at 941.742.5933.

    Rehome Resources


    If You Need to Rehome Your Pet

    1. If you need to rehome a pet, including an animal you perviously adopted from HSSC, please complete the appropriate surrender request form below. This helps ensure we have current information about the health and behavior of your pet.  Once you have submitted the completed form electronically, a member of our staff will reach out to you directly.
    2. You will receive confirmation from HSSC indicating we are in receipt of the form. HSSC reviews every surrender request form. 
    3. If we feel your pet is a candidate for our shelter, we will contact you and place your pet on a waiting list. Once space becomes available in the shelter, we will contact you to schedule an appointment for surrender. An appointment does not guarantee acceptance into our adoption program.
    4. HSSC will notify you if we cannot accommodate your request for surrender. 

    Once You Have a Scheduled Appointment

    1. An appointment does not guarantee acceptance into our adoption program. 
    2. Please arrive on time and allow approximately 30 minutes for the appointment. The pet owner must be present.
    3. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
    4. All pets are tested for communicable diseases and evaluated for suitable temperament prior to admission.
    5. If your pet is deemed unfit for the shelter, the behaviorist may be able to recommend other facilities in the area.
    6. If your pet is accepted into the program, you will be required to sign a rehoming form. We ask that owners rehoming their pet make a monetary donation to help support the costs of care for the animal (on average, it cost HSSC $600 per animal). If you are not able to make a monetary donation towards the animal’s care, we ask if you can donate food, treats, toys, bedding, or other items belonging to the animal. 

    Please bring the following with you to your rehoming appointment:

    • Pet’s crate or carrier
    • All veterinary records
    • Pet’s medications
    • Special treats or food that your pet needs
    • Your pet’s bed, toys, leash, and other belongings from home
    • Your current and valid photo ID