Surrendering An Animal

SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center has recently reopened our intake program. We are currently working to reschedule intake assessment appointments that were cancelled due to our closure.  Following that, we will be contacting owners who have submitted an owner surrender application on our website.  This may result in longer than usual wait times.  If you are facing time constraints, we recommend utilizing multiple resources including Rehome (link) through the Petco Foundation to rehome your pet.

What is an “owner surrender”?

SICSA is a limited intake shelter with a focus on rehoming pets.  We do not euthanize for space, so we are not always able to immediately take pets into our adoption program.  We encourage you to use multiple resources to rehome your pet.  Please click on the links below to see which animals may be accepted into our program, information about the process, and the application.

Steps for a pet to enter our adoption program:

People make the decision to surrender a pet for a variety of reasons.  SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center is committed to keeping pets and their families together if possible.  We offer support through a variety of services including temporary housing for pets displaced by emergencies, assistance with pet food and other supplies, animal wellness care, pet spays and neuters, and behavior assessments and support.

If you need to rehome a pet, please fill out the surrender request form below or use the following link to the Adopt-a-Pet Rehome service to rehome your pet privately: Rehome is owned by the PetCo Foundation and is 100% free to use. They will walk you through how to create the best profile for your pet and be there to support you through the adoption process.


The total cost for surrender varies by case, but is typically $30-125 for cats and $50-150 for dogs, depending on the animal’s age and past veterinary care. Please note that these fees help keep our facility running. SICSA does not receive any free Veterinarian time and operates solely on donations.


Lost or Found Pets

We do not take strays, per our agreement with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, to help make it simpler for lost pets to be found. For information about lost and found pets, click here.


We accept kittens! Please note, all of the rescues in Dayton become overwhelmed during the Spring and Summer, so we may not be able to accept them immediately. If you've just found kittens, please read about our "Wait and Watch Approach" here.

Please use the surrender application below if you'd like to get the kittens into our adoption program. 


We accept puppies! For accidental litters, we will take them into our program for no cost, if the pet owner agrees to spay the mother through our low cost spay clinic through the “Oops Program”.

Stray, Feral or Community Cats

We do not bring community cats into our adoption programs. We encourage adopters to keep cats indoors, for safety reasons. Community cats prefer the ability to roam freely and have come to enjoy both indoor and outdoor living. We encourage trap-neuter-return programs, to keep the stray cat population from growing in a humane manner. To read more about Community Cats, Trap-Neuter-Return, and our Spay and Neuter programs, please click here.

Animal Surrender Form

To fill out our form to surrender a cat, please click here.

To fill out our form to surrender a dog, please click here.

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