Aug 18 2009

Surrendering a Pet

Surrendering a pet can be the most difficult decision a person makes.  For many it’s heart wrenching.  We understand that situations arise that can prevent someone from being able to continue caring for a pet.  The most common situation we are seeing today is eviction and foreclosure, forcing people to move and unable to take their pet with them.    Recently, Mr. Brown and Mr. Black, 11-month-old Pekinese brothers, were surrendered by their owners due to economic hardships.   In 2008, 2395 animals were surrendered by their owners.   Wayside Waifs understands the difficulty in making this decision and we are here to help.
Mr. Black

Mr. Brown                         Mr. Black 

If you are considering surrendering your animal because of behavior issues, we urge you to utilize our “Ask a Trainer” service on our website  We have several behaviorists and trainers that can assist you through unique animal behavior modification.   

If you need to surrender your animal because of a life changing situation here is what you need to do: 

  • Call 816-761-8151 ext. 4404 or 4405 and listen closely to the instructions on the recording.  An Admissions Counselor will call you back within 48 hours.  We schedule appointments for each client so we can better serve you and answer all of your questions.  We also take this opportunity to collect as much information as we can about your pet.
  • Prior to your appointment download and complete the feline or canine surrender form and bring it with you  
  • Make sure your pets vaccinations are up to date and bring the records with you.
  • Have your pets coat clean and brushed.
  • Bring some of your pet’s favorite items along with you to help the pet transition more easily into the new environment.    

    ollowing these tips will help the speed the intake process.  Please allow at least 30 minutes for the intake process.  

    When you arrive your pet will receive a behavioral and health assessment.  If your pet passes the behavior assessment, he/she will be placed immediately into our adoption program.  If your pet does not pass the behavior assessment (which identifies signs of human, animal or food aggression) he/she will not be placed into the adoption program.  An Admissions Counselor will then sit down with you to talk about options available to you which include guidance to work through behavior issues at home.  After working with your pet we can schedule a follow-up appointment to re-evaluate your pet. 

It’s important for you to honor your appointment time. The fee to surrender is $40 per animal.  This fee allows Wayside Waifs to continue to care for the 30 to 50 pets we receive on a daily basis.

Wayside Waifs understands that this is not a decision made easily and we promise to do our best to work with you and your family through the process.  

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