Giving Up Your Pet

Never abandon your pet - It is Cruel - It is a Crime.

If you can no longer care for your pet, or no longer want your pet, there are options. Check with family, friends and local rescue groups. If you adopted your pet from a rescue, most rescue require you to return the pet to them instead of rehoming them elsewhere. ICAC has a similar rule in the adoption contract. If you are no longer able to care for a pet you adopted from ICAC, we request you return the pet to the shelter instead of rehoming it yourself. The American Kennel Club has information on pure breed rescue groups.  If you are considering giving up your pet because of foreclosure, please contact the shelter for assistance options. If your pet is old and sick, or aggressive, and you want them euthanized a veterinarian is the best place to take your pet.  Animal Control or the Humane Society should be your last resort.  We find homes for many pets, but cannot guarantee homes for every surrendered animal.

Giving up your Pet

Sometimes circumstances are beyond your control, and you are no longer able to care for your pet. Ingham County is an open admission shelter, meaning any domestic animal in Ingham County can be brought to the shelter. However, depending on the circumstances, there are fees to consider.

Current Owner Surrender Fee:
$46 per pet

Ingham County Animal Control reserves the right to charge in advance for animals that are not going to be able to be put up for adoption. This can be due to behavioral concerns or medical conditions beyond the shelters capacity to rehabilitate.

Current Fee for Euthanasia (in addition to the above fee):
$135 per pet.
If you believe your pet is not a likely candidate for adoption, we recommend speaking with your veterinarian about their availability for euthanasia.

If the animal being surrendered has bitten/scratched a person within 10 days of the animal being surrendered, a bite report must be documented, and the animal may be subject to quarantine or rabies testing.

Current Fee for Rabies testing (in addition to the above fees):
$50 per pet.

Hours for Animal Surrenders:
Monday-Sat 10:30am-5pm, open until 6pm on Wednesdays. Please allow for ample time to work with animal shelter staff to provide information about the pets background and any medical or behavioral concerns.

If you have further questions about the animal surrender process, please call 517-676-8372