Owner Surrender

What is an “owner surrender”?

At Ross County Humane Society, we accept dogs and puppies into our adoption program that owners need to re-home. RCHS does not euthanize for space, so we are limited on how many animals we can take in. Owner surrenders are taken on a case by case basis as space in our facility permits.


Steps to enter a pet into our adoption program:

  1. Complete our online Animal Surrender Questionnaire below
  2. Our shelter intake staff will call after receiving the online form to schedule a free behavior evaluation. Please allow up to ten (10) business days to process owner surrender requests. Most are completed within 48 hours.
  3. After passing the behavior evaluation shelter intake staff will approve entry into the program.


Animal surrender fees are $50 per animal. Please note that these fees help keep our shelter running. RCHS does not receive any free veterinary care and operates primarily on donations.


Animal Surrender Questionnaire

Please note that the completion of this form does NOT guarantee your animal will be admitted into the adoption program at RCHS.


  • Guardian Name

  • Animal Information

  • Please write “None” if your animal is not taking any medications.
  • Terms and Conditions

    I understand that: 1. I am the legal owner of the above described pet and I have the authority to request surrender. 2. I understand that by surrendering my animal it becomes property of RCHS and may be immediately adopted, transferred to rescue, or euthanized if deemed not adoptable due to illness or behavior. 3. The completion of this form does NOT guarantee that my animal will be admitted into the adoption program at RCHS. 4. After I submit this form, an RCHS intake staff person will contact me within ten (10) business days to discuss the information I have provided and schedule an intake behavior evaluation. 5. All animals must complete a behavior evaluation prior to being considered for admission into the RCHS adoption program. 6. All animals accepted into the RCHS adoption program will be subject to a $50 surrender fee per animal. This fee must be paid upon surrender.

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RCHS does not receive any support from the Humane Society of the United States. Nor do we receive any federal or state funding sources. We rely largely on donations, fundraisers and grants for our program activities. All donations are tax deductible