Surrendering An Animal

Raining Cats and Dogs??  No, it’s Kitten Season!  Along with the warm weather, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of kittens arriving in our area.  Please check out our information on kittens below to learn the best way you can help kittens.  SICSA does accept kittens into our adoption program, but there is a wait time for intake.  If you are seeing community cats in your area, please check out our information on TNR which is the most humane and effective way to control the community cat population.

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.

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. If after following the “Wait and Watch Approach” you determine that you have found a litter of abandoned kittens, here are some next steps (Caring for Kittens). Please use the surrender application below if you'd like to get the kittens into our adoption program. To prevent future litters of kittens, SICSA recommends TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for community cats.  Read more about our TNR program here. 

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.

Caring for Kittens
If you have followed the “Watch and Wait” approach and determined that the kittens you have found have truly been abandoned, then a plan needs to be made to care for the kittens.  Who can care for kittens?  YOU can care for kittens!  Although it seems scary, there are plenty of resources and support to help you care for kittens and the rewards of giving them the best start in life are immeasurable. The first step is to determine the age of the kittens.  Kittens’ needs vary greatly by age, so knowing approximately how old they are helps determine what they need.  The following resources are helpful in figuring age and what is needed at each stage: SICSA can offer support with kittens through phone coaching, in-person coaching by appointment, supplies and education.  If you need additional support contact us at 937-294-6505.

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.


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.


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.

Additional Resources

In addition to our intake application, you can also use 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.