Surrendering a Pet

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There are many alternatives available to pet owners who need to rehome a pet before surrendering the pet to an animal shelter.  Some alternatives include rehoming the pet yourself directly to a new home, seeking out behavior assistance for behavior problems, and going to one of the local low cost veterinary clinics for medical problems.  The following information may help you before you decide to surrender a pet.

Try to rehome the pet yourself.  Talk you people you know about whether they know any friends or family members looking for a pet.  Many people obtain their pets from friends and family members who can no longer keep them for whatever reason.  It will be much less stressful for you and for your pet if you can take them directly from your home to a new home.

Take your pet with you if you are moving.  You can move and take your pets with you!  It can take some time to find a rental property that allows pets but be persistent and give yourself plenty of time.  Search for pet friendly rental properties on and among other searches.  If your pet is spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and in the case of dogs has done any obedience classes, it will be more likely for a landlord to allow you to have pets.

Seek out advice for behavior problems.  There are many simple tricks out there for basic behavior problems.  Click on the link on Behavior Tips on our website for some basic advice or look at the advice on websites such as  Talk to your veterinarian in case there is a medical cause of the behavior.  Get some free basic one on one behavior advice from the Pit Sisters Mobile Training by contacting them at

There are several low cost veterinary clinics in our community

  • Clay Humane Society Animal Clinic, Inc., 2230 Filmore Street, Orange Park, FL 32073,904-276-7729,
  • Wells Road Vet Clinic, 1447 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073, 904-278-0600,
  • Maverick Animal Hospital, 404 Madison Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32065, 904-276-8101
  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets, 6817 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208,904-425-0005,
  • Jacksonville Humane Society Community Animal Hospital, 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216, 904-725-8766,
  • River City Community Animal Hospital, Mobile Clinic, 904-733-8123,


Ask us for assistance with pet food.  When we have donations of pet food available, we can provide food to citizens in need.


If you have tried everything that you can but need to surrender your pet, please call us at 904-269-6342.

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