Admissions & Rehoming a Pet
Pet Rehoming & Admission
We provide sheltering services for pets in need during urgent or emergency situations. These situations include bites, rabies exposures, sick/injured, strays, neglect/abuse, and safety net services for pet owners experiencing an unexpected hardship.
Stray pets: Citizens may bring stray pets to the Animal Services Center during regular business hours, or they may keep the pet until the owner is found. Lost pets are usually no more than 1 mile from their home. Check with your neighbors first. Note that pet cats are often kept as indoor/outdoor pets. Don't assume a free roaming cat is lost and needs to be captured and brought to the shelter. If keeping a found pet, please complete a found pet report here.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment to bring stray or found pets to the shelter. This allows us to make sure we have adequate resources and space to intake and process the pet. We will be able to devote individual time to you and the pet so there is no rushing through the process and no long waits.
Pet Surrender: We do our best to help pets stay with their families, and we have resources for food, veterinary care, pet friendly housing and more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance.
If you need to re-home a pet, we ask that you make every effort to rehome your pet on your own before turning to the shelter. This is ideal because it is less stressful on your pet, and it allows you to choose exactly the kind of home you would like for him/her. There are several rehoming options that you can use in order to find a home for your dog. Adopt-a-Pet.com's rehoming website is a great place to start. A lot of people have great luck finding homes for their pets here and Adopt-a Pet's staff are there to guide you through every step of the process! Pets listed with AdoptaPet.com are also viewable on our website at the pets available in the community tab.There are also several Facebook groups where people in Alamance County can post animals needing new homes:
Appointments are required for pet surrenders. Email us at email@example.com for assistance.
WE UNDERSTAND SOMETIMES CIRCUMSTANCES ARE SUCH THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CARE FOR A PET. WE KNOW THAT HAVING TO SURRENDER A PET IS A VERY DIFFICULT DECISION. WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST YOU WITH RESOURCES TO HELP.
Q: I don't want to surrender my pet, but I don't have a choice. Is there help available for the problem I am having with my pet?
A: Yes! We want to help you keep your pet if possible. Keeping pets in their homes is always preferable to the pet being in the shelter. Our trained staff can talk with you about your individual circumstances and connect you with available resources, or offer solutions that can make it possible for you to keep your pet in many situations. You can also check our our Pet Help Resources pages for resources and information about solutions to some common issues with pets.
Q: Why do I need to make an appointment to bring a pet to the Animal Services Center? Can't I just drop a pet off anytime you're open?
A: Scheduling an appointment ensures we can best assist you and the pet. When scheduling your appointment, staff will be able to gather much of the information in advance which will help ensure a smooth appointment process. Animal services staff can also provide those with owned pets with information and resources that can assist those interested in keeping their pet or re-homing it themselves. The appointments will help citizens avoid busy times at the shelter and a potentially long wait. Emergency situations (i.e. pets with severe injuries or medical conditions) will be prioritized and do not require an appointment.
Q: What to do if I found a stray or lost pet?
A: Individuals that have found a stray or lost pets are encouraged to help the pet find its way home if possible. Often pets live in the same neighborhood in which they are found! Have the pet scanned for a microchip if it does not have identification tags. This can be done at any shelter or veterinary clinic. Try checking with neighbors and posting the pet on social media and next door. Check out our Pet Help Resources pages for more information and resources, such as PawBoost. Finders of lost pets do not need an appointment to bring the pet to the shelter. However, we do prefer you contact us ahead of time and schedule an appointment to avoid bottlenecks during times the shelter is the busiest.