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Surrender a Pet

Giving up a pet is a difficult decision. In New York City, there are organizations that can help you explore potential solutions before you permanently surrender your pet, and take him/her into their care should surrender be the best option.

If you think you need to surrender your pet, contact the Owner Surrender Service at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). While ACC never turns away a pet in need, they first try to work with pet owners to find solutions to help them keep their pets in their homes.

If your circumstances are such that you absolutely cannot keep your pet, ACC will accept the pet. ACC charges a relinquishment fee of $10 per animal with an appointment, or $35 without an appointment. If you cannot afford to pay the fee, be sure to tell the ACC representative up front.

If you do not need to relinquish your pet immediately, reach out to other local animal shelters or rescue groups. Rememeber that many organizations have waiting lists to accept new animals into their adoption programs.

Suggested organizations you might try first:

Dogs & Cats

Animal Haven


Phone: (212) 876-7700, x5


Phone: 1-866-262-8133


The Humane Society of New York

Posh Pets Rescue




x City Critters, Inc.


Rabbit Rescue & Rehab/NYC Metro Rabbit

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Bunnies and Beyond


All About Rabbits

Long Island Rabbit Rescue

House Rabbit Society


Long Island Parrot Society x Northeast Avian Rescue

Exotics & "Pocket Pets"

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

To request an appointment with a shelter or rescue group for an assessment of your pet, send a concise email with a good photo of your pet, and a video, if available, which shows your pet. Provide a brief description of your pet that includes his/her name, age, weight, and whether your pet has been spayed or neutered and is up to date on vaccinations. Be sure to include your email address and phone number. Do not go into a long explanation of why you need to relinquish your pet.