Surrendering Your Pet


Thank you for allowing Pets Bring Joy to assist you in this difficult time.

People sadly have to give up their pets for a variety of reasons. Some are unavoidable, but many are not if you are given a helping hand. As a service to our community, Pets Bring Joy stands ready to advise and help you as best we can.

What is involved in surrendering a cat to PBJ?
  • We'll first need you to complete our owner surrender questionnaire (a link is provided at the bottom of this page) so that we may better understand your situation; upon receiving it, we'll be in touch to talk through it with you.

  • If we feel that your cat is a good candidate for adoption through PBJ, we'll subsequently need to receive
    • A copy of any vet records that you have for the cat, and
    • Current photo(s) suitable for publishing on the web.

  • We will need for you to complete and sign an owner surrender form, giving us permission to seek a new home for your cat.

  • We will need to meet your cat, first in your home (where he/she will be most relaxed) to see how he/she reacts to new people, and then potentially at an adoption event, to see how he/she does in a public setting.

  • Foster homes are always in short supply, and so we may ask you to serve as a PBJ foster for your cat while we publicize him/her for adoption on the web.
How much does it cost to surrender a cat?

There is no fee for our assistance with rehoming your cat, but if we are able to take your cat into a PBJ foster home, we would appreciate a donation to help cover costs (medical, supplies) while in our care.

Once we begin working with PBJ, can I change my mind about rehoming my cat?

Yes! If at any time before we've found an adoptive home, you have found a solution for keeping your beloved pet, Pets Bring Joy will gladly return your pet to your home if he/she is in our care as a foster.

I'm interested in discussing surrendering my pet ... what is the next step?

Please complete our owner surrender questionnaire by clicking the link at the bottom of this page; you'll receive a copy of your form via email for your records, and we'll be in touch by telephone and email soonest. As a small, all-volunteer rescue organization, we thank you in advance for your patience.

To complete a no-obligation owner surrender questionnaire online, please click here ... thank you once again for allowing us to help you through this difficult time.