Surrendering Your Pet to CAHS

The Capital Area Humane Society is unable to accept an unlimited number of pets; therefore, CAHS is a managed intake shelter. To provide the best possible care the animals, we accept pets from the public as space permits. We do not euthanize healthy/adoptable animals for lack of space, and do not place time limits on animals waiting for adoption.

Please note, we receive a large number of surrender requests, and we will do our best to accept your pet(s) as soon as space becomes available.

You must have an appointment to surrender your animal. Appointments are made based on the physical space and resources available. Please call, so we may work with you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

 (517) 626-6060 ext. 118

Cat Surrender Form


Dog Surrender Form


Please note:

  • We take appointments from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Due to high call volumes, you may have to leave a message. Staff will return your call as soon as they are able.
  • Plan on your appointment taking 20-30 minutes.

Surrender Fees

We require an entry fee for all animals surrendered to CAHS. The following fees apply:

  • Dog (5 months and older) – $40
  • Puppy (under 5 months) – fee waived
  • Single cat or kitten (any age) – $20
  • Multiple cats or kittens (any age) – $20 for the first, $5 for each additional
  • Female dog with litter of puppies (4 months and younger) – $40 for mother, $5 for each puppy
  • Female cat with litter of kittens (4 months and younger)- $20 for mother, $5 for each kitten
  • Rabbits – $20 for the first, $5 for each additional
  • Ferrets – $10
  • All other rodents – $5 each
  • Birds – $10-$20 based on size

Please note: all rabbits, rodents and birds must be surrendered with their cage and supplies.

Have you found a stray or wild animal?

CAHS does not accept strays. By law, stray animals must be reported to and/or dropped off at the animal control agency in the county which the animal was found.

CAHS does not have resources to help wild animals. For assistance with a wild animal, you may contact:

Owner-Requested Euthanasia

Appointment is required.

 (517) 626-6060 ext. 118

We provide owner-requested euthanasia for companion animals who are suffering due to old age or illness. Owners may be present, and may take the remains home for burial, or work with the staff to determine cremation options. We also offer private cremation for additional fees. The fees for owner-requested euthanasia are:

  • Cats – $20
    • With CAHS caring for the remains- $40
  • Dogs under 50 lbs – $50
  • Dogs over 50 lbs – $80
  • Dogs over 100 lbs – $120
  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, other rodents – $20