Surrendering Your Pet

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

For the health and safety of our community, we are limiting foot traffic into our facilities. As added protection for staff, customers, and the pets in our care, masks are required.

We strongly urge you to keep pets in your homes if it is safe to do so. If you are relinquishing an animal for any reason, you must make an appointment. Online scheduling is available at our Colorado Springs campus (see below). If you are relinquishing an animal in Pueblo, including strays, call 719-404-5421 to make an appointment.

For your safety, please comply with all staff instructions when visiting our campuses. Thank you for you patience as we work to keep our community safe.

Please visit our COVID-19 FAQs for more information.

Surrendering your pet to HSPPR

There are many reasons a family can no longer care for a pet, and we’re here to help at both our Colorado Springs and Pueblo locations. If you adopt from HSPPR, and it is not the right fit, we will take the pet back into our care. Please make an Owner Surrender appointment to return the pet.

After a pet enters our doors, we evaluate each and every animal as an individual, and there is never a time limit on how long we’ll care for an animal before he’s adopted. We may also work with other shelters/rescues to assist in assessing the specific needs of a pet. In some cases, seriously ill animals or animals with severe behavior problems may be humanely euthanized. As a socially conscious animal shelter, our focus is on the health and well-being of every animal in our care and the safety of the community.

Please see below to make an appointment and note the following:

Due to COVID-19, we are currently requiring an appointment for surrendering your pet in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Scheduling an appointment online is easy – you choose the date and time that works best for you and you won’t have to wait to meet with a customer service representative.

Ft. Carson (U.S. Army)

If you find a stray on base or need to surrender an animal from Ft. Carson, please contact the Ft. Carson Police Department.

Livestock

Due to their special needs, we are unable to accept owner surrender livestock, including chickens, ducks, horses, goats, pigs (other than potbellied pigs), or any other animal considered to be livestock. We’ve compiled a list of farm animal sanctuaries and rescues that are equipped to house livestock should you need assistance.

If you find wildlife

HSPPR is not licensed to accept wildlife. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife, including deer, birds, rabbits, turtles or tarantulas, please view the Colorado Parks and Wildlife's licensed rehabilitator list arranged by county or call them at 719.227.5200.

Wildlife rehabilitators receive no agency funding and rely on your donations to provide services. Wildlife rehabilitators work regular jobs in addition to caring for wildlife; they return phone calls and accept wildlife as promptly as possible.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently requiring an appointment for surrendering your pet in Colorado Springs. Scheduling an appointment online is easy – you choose the date and time that works best for you and you won’t have to wait to meet with a customer service representative.

Relinquishment fees

When you can no longer care for your pet and need to bring him to the shelter, we will charge a small fee to help defray the cost of caring for your pet. This fee doesn’t cover the full cost of care, but it does help us in providing safe shelter, veterinary care and a chance for a new life. Fees vary depending on the number and type of animal you surrender. However, we will not charge a fee should you need to surrender a puppy(ies) or kitten(s). We will also work with you to have the mom spayed.

Rehome - a surrender alternative

Looking for a new home for your pet? Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com and The Petco Foundation may be an option for you. Click here to set up your pet’s profile, review applications from potential adopters, and set up a meet-and-greet with applicants. These private adoptions take place without ever having to set foot in a shelter. Please note, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is not affiliated with Rehome and does not facilitate the adoption process for pets available through this program. We make this information available to you as another alternative to surrendering your pet.