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Giving Up Your Pet

Sometimes life becomes a challenge to keep your pet, but there are many resources available to help keep your family together.

Landlord issues?

Is your landlord saying you have to get rid of your pet, even though you have had your pet for months or years? Know your rights! Here is a link to NY laws specific to animals: http://users.hancock.net/lennyesq/Animallaw.pdf

Sponsor a Pet!

Moving and can't seem to find housing?

Here is a searchable database of pet-friendly housing:https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/

Hours at work changed?

Hire a dog walker or a cat sitter! Your pet will thank you. A few extra hours alone at home is better than one night in a shelter alone. Find a dog walker or pet sitter in your area at https://www.rover.com/ or email us at info@petsalive.org. We may be able to recommend one.

Need help with pet food?

Pets Alive offers temporary assistance through our http://www.petchowpantry.org/
Please note: This is available for local Hudson Valley NY residents who qualify.

Dog behavioral issues?

Sometimes all it takes is a little training for you and your dog. A good trainer trains you, not your pet.

Common behavior issues

Rehoming on your own

Talk to friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, your veterinarian, your groomer - they may know someone who might be interested in adopting your pet.

Create a listing on all three of the following sites. They are set up for individuals like yourself, with the main goal of keeping family pets out of shelters and in homes.

Think you need to surrender your pet to Pets Alive?

Before asking to surrender your pet to Pets Alive, please review all the alternatives above. If you have exhausted all options above and feel you have done everything, please complete the appropriate surrender applications below.

Like all shelters, Pets Alive has limited space and cannot take in every pet we are asked to help. We review every surrender application we receive and help those we are able to, but we do not have unlimited space and resources. You will be contacted with further questions or instructions if we feel we may be able to help with your pet.

If you do not hear from us with further questions or to set up a behavioral evaluation appointment within fourteen days, this means we are unable to help. We wish we were able to respond or help everyone who reaches out to us, but we receive 100-plus requests a week and just do not have the manpower or resources to do so.

Application to Surrender your Dog

Please complete our surrender application at: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/owner-surrender/PANY/Dog

Please email a photo(s) of your dog and include your name in the body of the email to intakedogs@petsalive.org

There is a $275 surrender fee for dogs, and surrenders are by appointment only.

Application to Surrender your Cat

Please complete our surrender application at: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/owner-surrender/PANY/Cat

Please email a photo(s) of your cat and include your name in the body of the email to intakecats@petsalive.org

There is a $150 surrender fee for cats, and surrenders are by appointment only.

To Surrender a Barn Yard Friend

Please complete our surrender application at: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/owner-surrender/PANY/Barnyard

Please email a photo(s) of your barn yard friend and include your name in the body of the email to intakebarn@petsalive.org

Surrender fees vary by animal and are by appointment only.

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