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Surrendering an Animal

Surrendering an Animal:

Forsyth County Animal Shelter accepts owner surrendered animals by appointment only. If you have exhausted every option for keeping or rehoming your pet and you are a resident of Forsyth County, Georgia, please thoroughly complete the Owner Surrender Background Form and Owner Surrender Release and email it to admissions@forsythco.com . If you adopted your pet from another shelter, private adoption, or from a rescue group, regardless of what state or county you reside, please contact that organization to see if they will accept the pet back into their program before completing owner surrender paperwork and making an appointment with Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Most organizations require that you return the pet to them if can no longer keep him/her. Incomplete questionnaires will not be accepted and will be sent back to you for completion. Please be as thorough as possible while filling out this questionnaire. We ask these questions regarding your pet’s exposure and tolerance to a variety of people, animals, and situations so that we can attempt to find the best placement possible. We also ask that you provide any veterinary records and current medications your animal may be receiving at this time. 

Once the completed questionnaire is received, an admission specialist will contact you to schedule an intake appointment and answer any questions you may have. There is a $60.00 surrender fee per animal that must be paid at time of surrender.  

Please note that not every animal surrendered to the shelter will be considered as a public adoption candidate for Forsyth County Animal Shelter – this is contingent on their behavior and medical history, acclimation to the shelter environment, behavior evaluation, medical examination, and resources available for placement. Forsyth County Animal Shelter makes every effort to place animals through its adoption program, its transfer partners, or with our Pups with Purpose Program. There is no guarantee that the efforts will be successful and animals with severe health and/or behavior concerns could be humanely euthanized. 

PLEASE EXHAUST ALL EFFORTS IN PRIVATELY AND SAFELY PLACING YOUR PET BEFORE CONSIDERING SURRENDERING TO THE FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER.