Surrendering a Dog

Animal Aid Society is a no-kill shelter. We are a non-profit private shelter and receive no support from state or local authorities. Our mission is to provide a comfortable, safe home for dogs until we can find them a new home and loving family.

As a no-kill shelter, we cannot accept a dog unless we have an open kennel. Kennels are made available by adopting dogs to new families. Because our ability to accept new dogs is limited by space, we must be careful in which dogs are accepted. Every dog that is considered must pass a temperament test administered on site. This ensures that the dog will not be a danger to our volunteers and can be placed in a playgroup with other dogs. Dogs that are happy and seen to play by the public are very adoptable.

PLEASE NOTE: We are excited to announce that we have established a Pit Bull Ambassador Program with Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter to help rescue Pit Bulls that find themselves at municipal shelters. At this time, we are only transferring Pit Bulls from Peninsula Regional and are unable to accept owner surrender Pit Bulls/Pit Bull mixes. 

If you wish to surrender a dog you may e-mail the Intake Manager directly ( or you can  call the shelter during normal business hours of 9am-12pm, 365 days a year. We will need the following information:

  • Your name and a phone number where you can be reached

  • Your dog’s information, to include breed, sex, age, weight, neutering/spaying, and medical history (including shots)

  • Your dog’s training level and disposition

  • Your reason for giving the dog up for adoption

  • A photo, if available

When contacted to bring your dog in for a temperament test, please bring all the vet records. If the dog is accepted into the shelter, you will need to fill out a custody form giving us ownership of the dog, We will also ask you fill out a pet profile that we will use to let prospective new owners know how the dog behaves in a home.

We do not have a set surrender fee, but will ask for a donation towards the medical care and upkeep while the dog is with us.

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Shelter Compliance /  Rebuild Contact Information:

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