Surrendering a Pet

Currently, we are not accepting cats(surrender or stray) until further notice.

Please note that we only accept animals from Butler County. We do not have a big facility and are usually full to capacity with cats and dogs. Therefore, we use the limited space we do have for the animals of Butler County.

If you find you must surrender your pet to the BCHS, here are some things to know:

There are more homeless animals than space available at the BCHS, so your pet may have to be placed on a waiting list. The time on the waiting list varies. (Note: the cat waiting list is very long at the moment. The wait is probably a few months. If you must surrender your cat immediately or soon, then you might want to consider checking with some other shelters.)

The BCHS can more easily accomodate pets that are current on their vaccinations and have recent medical records since these pets can be placed almost immediately up for adoption and housed in our adoption area. Animals without a vaccination or medical history must be placed in the animal incoming area which has limited space. Please make sure we have your vet records prior to the intake of your pet. The records may be faxed or mailed in to the shelter. If you have special circumstances or questions in regard to meeting these vaccination requirements, please request additional information. We will be happy to help you.

At the time of surrender, we will ask you to fill out a background sheet on your pet so that we will know a little about them. If you would like to save some time, please download the background sheet and bring to the shelter at the time of surrender.

Cat Background    Dog Background

Anya Please note that once you surrender your animal, you are NOT permitted to visit with them. This creates more stress for the animal in addition to already being in the shelter environment.

Animals are accepted by appointment only. Usually we have a waiting list both for dogs and cats. As a courtesy to the individuals who did call first and were put on the waiting list, anyone who appears at the shelter with an animal(s) and did not have an appointment will be charged the standard $100.00 fee plus an additional $35.00 if we happen to have the room to accept the animal at that time.

Unfortunately, the BCHS cannot accept dogs or cats with a history of aggression towards other people and/or animals. Dogs or cats in declining health (kidney or liver failure, canine or feline distemper, feline leukemia or AIDS, etc.) or 8 years old must also be declined due to the fact that we do not euthanize animals at the shelter. In these situations, we will provide additional information or assistance in helping you make a humane decision regarding your pet.

Surrender Fees

Owner Relinquished (you must call first):

Dog/cat over 12 wks of age:$100.00
(Walk-ins will be charged $35.00 extra if we happen to have room)
Puppy/kitten under 12 wks:$50.00
Litters of 2-4 animals under 12 weeks:$100.00
Over 4 animals:$150.00


***Please contact us for your municipality's Animal Control information.
***Animals found in a municipality that does not contract with us must be paid for by the finder.
Dog/cat over 12 wks:$60.00
Puppy/kitten under 12 wks:$50.00
Litters of 2-4 animals under 12 weeks:$90.00
Over 4 animals:$150.00

The BCHS wants to help you keep your pet!

Please consider these options before relinquishing your pet:

  • If you are surrendering your animal due to behavior issues, please consider speaking with a member of our staff. We may have suggestions to help you keep your pet in your home.
  • If you are surrendering your animal due to behaviors that may be linked to a possible medical issue, please ask to speak with a staff member. We can refer you to a local veterinarian for consultation.

How your surrender fee helps the animals housed at the BCHS:

The Butler County Humane Society surrender fees help cover the costs associated with the care and treatment of the animal you are surrendering and the animals housed in our shelter.

We are a non-profit organization, and we do not receive any federal funding. We rely solely on donations, bequests, and fundraising initiatives. Therefore, we do request a surrender fee when you surrender an animal. This monetary donation will help offset some of the costs associated with caring for the animals. Surrender fees help cover the cost of food, care, staffing, and the placement of your pet plus any medical care that may be required.

It is not unusual for the cost of this care to run from $450.00-$1,000.00 per pet. Owners may have many reasons why they cannot keep their pets. How many seriously ill, old, or untrained dogs can shelters take? Yet this is our mission. The BCHS will regardless continue to take care of these animals, providing vets and training, and then seek out the best possible homes-the home that will love and cherish them for the rest of their lives. Final decisions on feral or fractious animals will be at the sole discretion of the society.
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