Surrender a Pet

If you want to surrender a pet that is currently part of your family, please think about the real reason why you want to give up your family member.  There are solutions to almost every problem.

  • If you are unable to find a place to live, check with a private owner regarding rental properties opposed to a management company. They are usually less stringent about pets and breed restrictions.
  • If your pet is showing undesirable behaviors, consult a trainer before giving up on your pet. Most issues can be overcome with a little effort on your part.  If you email us at [email protected] we can suggest some trainers in your area.
  • If your pet keeps escaping the yard, keep them inside! Dogs are social beings and want to be with their families.  Kept outside, dogs become bored and lonely.  Also, if your dog or cat is not yet spayed or neutered, get that done ASAP.  Getting an animal altered will greatly decrease their desire to escape the yard and look for a mate.
  • If your “work schedule is too busy,” “you don’t have enough time,” or “you can’t give the pet what they need,” consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter. This may not be an expense you can afford so consider asking friends or family members to help.  There is also doggie day care.
  • If your dog has separation anxiety and is “tearing up the house,” consider crating them while you are gone. Crating is an act of love and something that can help your pet.  You can also leave the TV or radio on.  Get them chew toys that they can’t easily destroy such as Nylabones or Kongs.  Some pets do better with a playmate and foster homes are always needed!
  • Remember, you made a commitment to your pet when you brought them home. Why are you giving up on them?  Pets only know as much as we teach them, so it is our job to make sure we have happy, well balanced, well behaved animals.
  • If you cannot afford medical care or food costs, there are resources in our community that can help. Email us to find out more about these resources.

If you still want to surrender your furry family member, here are some tips to rehome your pet in lieu of a shelter:

  • Use social media to rehome your pet. Put them on Facebook and share with all of your friends and family and ask them to share.
  • Offer to foster your pet while a rescue or shelter tries to find them a new home. Shelters are stressful on animals and the transition is easier if they can stay in a home environment.
  • If your pet is purebred, call the breeder or breed specific rescue to see if they can take your dog.

If you have no further options than to surrender your pet to a shelter and wish to bring them to Nassau Humane Society, please see the following:

  • You must be a resident of Fernandina Beach City Limits and provide proof.
  • You must call (904) 321-1647 ext. 106 to make an appointment to surrender your pet. We do not accept surrenders by walk-in.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will return your call at our earliest opportunity.

You must pay a surrender fee.  $50 for the first pet and $25 for each additional pet surrendered.  This fee goes towards the care of animal(s).