How to Surrender a Pet

  • Toronto residents can surrender their pets (living or deceased).
  • To schedule an appointment to surrender a pet, call 416-338-PAWS (7297) between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. so that you can be transferred to the shelter closest to you.
  • Animal shelters are open to the public by appointment only for emergencies, adoption, pet redemption, pet surrender and fostering.

The Surrender Process

  • You can surrender an animal at any of our shelters, by making an appointment, regardless of where you live in Toronto.
  • Owners should provide proof of ownership for the animal if possible (e.g. adoption papers, veterinary records) and proof that they live in Toronto (photo ID if possible).
  • Owners will be required to sign documentation transferring ownership of the animal to the City. Owners may be required to fill out an Animal History Form at the time of their appointment.
  • Bring all records (medical history, rabies and/or sterilization certificate, etc.) to scheduled appointment.
  • Once ownership is signed over, the final outcome decision (adoption, transfer to rescue group or euthanasia) will be made by the City and you will not be advised of the outcome.

Rehoming a pet

We know how much pets mean to their owners, but sometimes circumstances change, and rehoming a pet may be the kindest and most responsible option.

If your living situation or family dynamic has changed, or if you are struggling to care for your pet, you may consider finding them a new home instead of surrendering them to the shelter.

Finding your pet a new home means that they do not have to experience the stress of staying at a shelter while waiting to be adopted. It also means that you can communicate directly with potential new owners to ensure a smooth transition for your pet.


Surrender Fees

* If you are a Toronto resident who can show proof of an annual household income of less than $50,000, fees may be reduced or waived.

** Fee includes HST.

Animal/Pet Fee
Cat $40.04
Dog $66.74
Litter of kittens $24.43
Other small domestic animal (less than 45kg) $40.04
Other large domestic animal (more than 45kg) $66.74