Surrendering a Pet

Pet Rehoming Services

The Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC) accepts owner-surrendered animals from Elkhart County, but only after the following steps have been taken, and when space allows.

Please carefully read and complete these steps to be placed on our owner surrender waitlist.

  1. Post your pet on Home to Home.
    • This website will give pet owners the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to surrender them to HSEC. This is also where animals need to be posted if they are on our waitlist. If your animal is not posted on Home to Home, it is not considered on our waitlist.
    • Please carefully follow all of the steps to make sure your animal is properly posted on Home to Home.
    • Once your animal is on Home to Home, potential adopters will reach out to you to adopt your pet. Please be sure to regularly check your posting on Home to Home to see if someone is interested in your pet!
  2. Post your pet in rehoming Facebook groups.
  3. Use your own network!
    • You may have a friend, colleague, or relative who is interested in adopting your pet directly from you. Reach out to them to see if they are interested!
  4. Post on sites like Adopt-a-Pet.
    • Through Adopt-a-Pet, you can create a profile for your pet, and potential adopters can reach out to you to adopt your pet.

Once these steps have all been followed, and when space allows, an HSEC representative will contact you to schedule a date and time for you to surrender your animal to us. For this appointment, you will be required to have your driver’s license or a valid state ID, confirming you are a resident of Elkhart County. You will also need to bring any veterinary records you have for your pet, providing HSEC information about your animal’s vaccinations and medical history.

At the time of your pet’s surrender, you will be required to pay a fee. This fee will go towards any care your pet may need, such as spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, monthly preventatives, food, etc.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (574) 475-4732.