Surrendering a Pet
What do I do if I can no longer care for my pet?
At Cocheco Valley Humane Society, our goal is to see companion animals and their owners together for a lifetime. Sadly, due to life's circumstances, this goal is not always attainable.
If you find yourself needing to surrender your pet, CVHS is here for you. We realize that surrendering a pet can be a difficult and heartbreaking decision. Accepting surrendered animals and working to place them in new and loving homes is an important part of our mission.
As a part of this community's safety net for homeless animals we depend on YOU, our community members, not only for our financial support but also to partner with us in planning for our admissions so that we are able to save as many animals as possible. To do this, however, requires that we admit animals by appointment only to ensure that we have a safe and appropriate place to put your pet. In some cases, especially during the summer, we may have a waiting list. If you have decided to give your pet to us, you will be asked to sign a release form giving us ownership of the animal. Once you have signed the release statement, you may not reclaim your pet, so please be sure that you have made the right decision for you and your pet. You are welcome to call us to check on the pet's status.
Please bring any medical records you have for your pet. If you don't have records, please call your vet and have them fax us your pet's records. Our fax number is: (603)749-3484.
Pet Personality Profile
We will ask you to fill out a "personality profile" about your pet. The information about its health, behavior, habits, likes, and dislikes is really helpful to people considering your pet for adoption and helps us decide what kind of home would be best for it. CLICK HERE for a copy of a dog personality profile and CLICK HERE for a copy of a cat personality profile.
Please be honest when answering these questions; let us know if your pet has a history of biting, refuses to use the litter box, has a serious or chronic medical condition, or any other problem. Your answers help to determine whether or not your animal should be put up for adoption. It is unfair to pass on severe behavioral or medical issues to another family.
To Surrender a Pet to the Shelter:
Please call 603-749-5322 for an appointment!
If we have space available, we will set up an immediate appointment for you to bring your animal to the shelter. If we do not currently have space available, you will either be added to the list or advised when to try again.
Please do not abandon a pet outside the shelter when we are not open. It is unlawful to abandon animals under RSA 644:8. Not only is abandonment illegal and very dangerous for the pet, but its chances of being adopted are significantly better if you provide us with the historical and behavioral information we'll ask of you when you surrender the pet. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Small Animals $10
Remember, animal abandonment is a preventable crime. If you need to surrender an animal, contact CVHS at (603) 749-5322. We are here to help.