What if I need to surrender a pet?

If you've been wrestling with the decision to surrender your pet, we understand this may be a stressful time. If you're no longer able to care for your pet due to lack of resources, such as food or medical care for your pet, behavior concerns, or domestic violence, we may be able to connect you with resources that can be helpful to keeping your pet with you. Email us at [email protected] or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387) to discuss your situation.

If you are in a position to keep your pet with you while you seek a new home for them, we recommend using Rehome by*- a surrender alternative. This service allows you to create your pet’s profile, review applications from potential adopters, and to set up a meet-and-greet with families interested in adopting. These private adoptions take place without ever having to set foot in a shelter.

*Please note, Riverdale Animal Shelter is not affiliated with Rehome and does not facilitate the adoption process for pets available through this program. We make this information available to you as another alternative to surrendering.

As Riverdale Animal Shelter is caring for a high number of animals at this time, we are requesting pet owners make an appointment for surrender services for their pet. Please click the link below to schedule an appointment with our team.

Please Note: Due to a high volume of shelter pets currently in our care, we are asking community members to please contact the shelter before bringing any birds in. Thank you and please check back periodically for updates.

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Please note: We are not accepting pets outside of our jurisdiction. If you are outside of our jurisdiction, we can provide you information on the correct shelter partner who can assist you in your area.