Pet Surrender Process

At The Highland Humane Society, we understand that sometimes circumstances change, and pet owners may need to find a new home for their beloved cats and dogs. While we do accept owner surrenders, it's important to note that we operate on a waitlist due to capacity constraints.
We understand that surrendering a pet is a difficult decision, and we're here to support you through this process. Our goal is to ensure the best possible outcome for both you and your pet.

Our Intake Policy


Please be aware that The Highland Humane Society is a closed intake facility. This means we assess our ability to take in surrendered animals on a case-by-case basis and cannot guarantee immediate acceptance of every animal.


For Cat or Kitten Surrenders:



For Dog Surrenders:


  • Fill out the owner surrender form available on our website.
  • Expect a response via email within 2 business days.
  • Keep in mind our operating hours: 12-5 PM,
       Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Dogs over 4 months old must undergo an in-person assessment for surrender approval, with a fee applicable. Stray dogs are managed by Dog Wardens.
  • To surrender cats or kittens, send a Facebook message or email to with photos and details. We prioritize indoor-owned cats and kittens due to their higher adoptability and difficulty surviving outdoors if abandoned. Kittens adapt easily to indoor living. Outdoor or found adult cats require assessment. Surrender fees apply.

How Does Rehome Work?


  • If we do not have availability, you may consider using Adopt a pet to rehome your animal on your own.
  • Create a Profile: Share details about your pet to attract the right adopter.
  • Screening Process: The platform guides you through selecting a responsible adopter, including what questions to ask and how to evaluate applications.
  • Adoption Fee: The adopter pays a fee, which you can choose to donate to a rescue organization, including ours.
Alternative Rehoming Solution
For immediate assistance in rehoming your pet, we recommend using the following resource: Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet. This service allows you to create a detailed profile for your pet, similar to those we use for our adoptable animals. Your pet's profile will be accessible to millions of potential adopters, significantly increasing the chances of finding a suitable new home.