Surrendering Your Companion Animal
At SVACA, we understand at times some owners need to make the very difficult decision to surrender their beloved companion animal. We are here to help explain surrender options for owners that they may not have realized existed.
We do ask that owners consider all options before surrendering an animal to SVACA. When you surrender an animal to any shelter, the transition can be difficult as shelters can be stressful environments for even well-adjusted animals.
Please know that, despite our best efforts, we are not able to find new homes for all of the animals turned in to our shelter each year. This is why we ask you to please consider every alternative available to you before surrendering your animal. Before you make the decision to surrender to SVACA, please consider the following options.
- Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems. You may also call our staff at 408-764-0344 for basic training tips. SVACA also provides onsite dog training for the public.
- Speak with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues.
- Look for an alternate place to live that accepts companion animals.
- Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your animal until circumstances change and you can care for your animal again.
- Re-home your animal to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier and allows you to have a personal investment in his new home. Our staff can also give you advice on the best way to find your animal a new home.
- Contact local rescue groups to see if they can accept your animal into their program or help you in other ways.
- Contact the Humane Society Silicon Valley and inquire about their surrender services.
Please consider the following advice.
- Please DO NOT drop your companion off in a park or countryside, assuming that she can take care of herself. Domesticated animals lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
- Please DO NOT abandon your animal in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find her.
- Please DO NOT abandon your animal at an animal shelter when it is closed as it is not only illegal but also puts the animal at great risk.
If you have exhausted all options, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara residents can surrender companion animals to SVACA’s Animal Care Center. We do request an owner surrender fee to offset the cost of caring for your animal. The fee for a dog or cat is $150.00 and for ‘other’ animals is $40.00. An additional $50.00 fee will also be charged for animals collected by staff in the field. We ask that you call our office at 408-764-0344 before making this decision and bringing your animal to us.
Please note that we cannot guarantee placement of animals that are surrendered. We humanely euthanize those that are not candidates for adoption due to medical or behavioral problems, i.e., aggressive animals that are determined to be a potential threat to the community and sick or injured animals that we cannot rehabilitate.
We understand how emotionally difficult it is to euthanize a beloved companion animal as well as how difficult a decision this can be. SVACA provides a humane, painless and dignified death for companion animals from Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara. Our euthanasia fee for a dog or cat is $150.00 and an ‘other’ animal is $40.00; both include communal cremations. Private cremations are available for a fee. An additional $50.00 fee will also be charged for animals collected by staff in the field. Please contact our staff at 408-764-0344 for more information.
Deceased Animal Disposal Services
We also provide services for owned deceased animals from Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara. Small animals are handled for a $25.00 fee; a dog, cat or rabbit for $50.00; and dogs over 150 pounds are $125.00. An additional $50.00 fee will also be charged for animals collected by staff in the field. Please contact our staff at 408-764-0344 for more information.