Surrendering An Animal

What is an “owner surrender”?

At SICSA, we accept dogs and cats into our adoption program that owners need to re-home. Please read below to see which animals may be accepted into our adoption program, information about the process, and the application. SICSA does not euthanize pets for space, so we are limited on how many animals we can take in. If you have any questions, please call us at 937.294.6505 ext 17 to speak with someone on our intake team. 

Steps for a pet to enter our adoption program:

SICSA accepts applications for dogs and puppies year round. While we accept applications for adult cats year round, our ability to quickly accept adult cats may be impacted by kitten season (generally May-October). Kitten season also impacts the ages and amount of kittens we can accept into our program. SICSA uses a hierarchy of needs to identify the most at risk animals who need the fastest placement. Typically, these are young kittens between 5 and 12 weeks of age, and adult cats who have only ever lived inside. Using this hierarchy, juvenile cats or community cats who have a support system and caregivers in their neighborhood may not always be candidates for our intake program.

Due to the season’s high volume and our limited amount of space, we are currently only accepting applications for kittens under 12 weeks of age. We will reopen applications for kittens 13 weeks to 6 months of age when our wait time is less than 1 month. For additional options please check out our Spay/Neuter Program or click here to learn about our Bridge Program.

1. Complete our online Animal Surrender Pre-Screening Form below.

2. Our intake team will call, typically within a week, after receiving the online form to schedule the free behavior evaluation.

3. After passing the behavior evaluation, our intake team will schedule for your dog to be seen by our veterinarian for a physical exam. The veterinary evaluation fee is $15 for cats and $25 for dogs, non-refundable and will be applied to the total surrender fee.


The total cost for surrender varies by case, but is typically $30-75 for cats and $25-150 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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