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Rehoming Your Pet

If this is an emergency situation or you need to return an animal adopted from HSEC please call us at 574-475-4732 for assistance.

We accept animals only from Elkhart County.

Before you release your animal to the shelter, ensure that this is truly the decision you want to make and no other options are available.

Reach out to family and friends – You may have other friends or relatives who would want to continue to provide a loving home for your animal or may know of a way to help keep the pet in your home.

Resources – If a lack of resources is the reason you need to surrender your animal – talk to us at 574-475-4732 or [email protected]! There are options for help, including food assistance and other community resources to help keep your pets at home with you.

The first step is to complete our Pet Surrender Form below. Please fill out the form completely. After submitting the form you will receive a confirmation email with the following rehoming information.

HSEC asks that you take 2 weeks and list your pet on Adopt-a-Pet. Also please list your pet on the Facebook Group – Elkhart County “New Beginning” pet rehoming group. As soon as we have availability for you to bring your pet in, we will be in contact with you to schedule an appointment and explain fees associated with surrendering your pet. 

Rehoming with Adopt-a Pet – Adopt-a-Pet has created a Rehome program. You can visit the website at rehome.adoptapet.com to learn more. Through their website, they will assist you in creating a profile for your pet and also assist in the process of finding the best home available for your pet.

Elkhart Rehoming Facebook GroupElkhart County “New Beginning” Pet Rehoming group (not affiliated with HSEC – under administration of animal loving community members)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/294773407643675

On the day you release your animal, you will need to bring your driver’s license or valid ID to confirm you are a resident of Elkhart County.  Also bring any vet records you have which provides valuable information about your animal’s vaccinations or medical history.

You will complete an owner release form.  A fee will be assessed for release of the animal and will vary depending on whether or not the animal has aggression issues, has bitten or is extremely ill.

Once you release your pet to us, it is final.  No further information will be provided to you or anyone else regarding the status of the animal.  Upon release, the Humane Society has the right to determine the appropriate disposition of the animal. 

Not all animals admitted to the shelter are considered adoptable.  During the spring and summer months, the shelter admits over 500 to 600+ animals per month.  Some animals may be deemed adoptable and selected for adoption; some may go to other collaborating animal welfare and rescue agencies; some may be sent to foster locations until they can be adopted; and some may not be deemed suitable for adoption and may have to be euthanized.

Every situation is different, for more information, we encourage you to contact our staff directly at 574-475-4732.

Owned Pet Profile Form

  • This form is designed to help determine what will be in the best interest of your pet and to assist our staff in understanding your pet more.

    To help us learn more about your pet, please fill out this form completely.

    Please understand that the pet's welfare must and will always be our foremost consideration. Therefore, the Humane Society will not release information on this pet after it has been released to us.


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