All pet surrenders from our service areas are subject to space availability. WHS is contracted for stray animals from our service areas and it is our number one priority to house and adopt out these animals first. Animals must be adoptable to be considered for surrender. Age, temperament and health are a few things shelter staff will consider when deciding if the animal will be adoptable. WHS will not take in any animal for surrender that has a bite history.
Surrenders will only be taken by appointment and at the discretion of the Shelter Manager or Kennel Supervisor.
The shelter staff asks that you exhaust all other possibilities before contacting the shelter regarding surrender. This is for the benefit of your pet. Many pets, especially ones that have only known your home their entire life, become stressed in the shelter environment and are unable to thrive. There is no way to predict how long your pet may be here before getting adopted. It may take anywhere from a few weeks to over a year before they find a new home. Please consider checking with family and friends or contacting a rescue group (many times your pet will be able to reside in a foster home until they become adopted) if you are thinking about re-homing your pet.
Depending upon the veterinary care that the animal has had, the cost for the shelter to care for your pet may range from $400.00 to $750.00 to make the animal adoptable and for maintenance of the animal while it’s in our care.
Pet Surrender Service Area
Cities of Watertown and Waterloo, Townships of Concord, Ixonia, Milford, Waterloo, and Watertown.
Surrenders from outside our service contract area is subject to space availability. You must call us at 920-261-1270 to make an appointment if you need to surrender your pet. Surrenders must be adoptable.
As of October 1, 2009 our pet surrender fees are:
- Females not spayed = $50.00
- Males not neutered = $30.00
- Spayed or Neutered = $20.00
- Females not spayed = $80.00
- Males not neutered = $60.00
- Spayed or Neutered = $50.00
Surrender fees help pay for vaccinations, heartworm testing, FELV/FIV testing, fecal analysis, flea and ear mite treatment, spaying and neutering, and other medical needs.