​Surrendering a Pet

Do you need to surrender your pet? We can help. Pet surrender can be a difficult and emotional decision for you and your family. Life changing circumstances can often mean you can no longer care for your beloved pet. While we hope that every animal will enjoy a loving and stable forever home, we realize that pet ownership is a large responsibility and sometimes pet owners do not know where to turn for help. We ask that you do not walk into any shelter to surrender your pet without an appointment. Appointments help control the number of in-house animals at any given time. Please contact us at 315-457-8762 or info@humanecny.org to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.

There is a $50 surrender fee per pet. HumaneCNY is a private, not for profit animal shelter and rely on fees and donations to provide care for the animals being surrendered to us. If you are unable to afford a surrender fee, please discuss that with us prior to surrender.

As a private not-for-profit organization, we have limited space and can only accept animals from Onondaga County. We strive to keep happy, healthy, adoptable animals as long as it may take for them to find their forever homes, provided the pet remains physically and behaviorally healthy and safe in our care. HumaneCNY seldom has extra space for more pets, so we ask that you try relatives, friends, coworkers, and neighbors before surrendering to any shelter. Please, do not post your pets on untrustworthy websites to find them a home as these sites may lead to horrific situations. Before making a decision to re-home your pet, call us to discuss options for food supplies, behavior modification, and local spay/neuter assistance programs. 

  • Dog Surrender Form
  • Cat Surrender Form
  • ​Lost & Found

    HumaneCNY is happy to help you if you’ve lost your pet. Please private message HumaneCNY on Facebook and include photo and description of where the pet was lost.

    Resources links:

    Lost and Found Pets of CNY
    Lost Dogs of CNY
    Mohawk Valley Pet Lost & Found
    Petco Love Lost can help by uploading a photo of a lost or found pet to their database!

    If you have lost your pet, you should check with the municipality where you lost your pet and the other local shelters and rescues:

    • Cat Coalition: (315) 289-2287
    • CNYSPCA: (315) 454-4479
    • Kitty Corner: (315) 457-4420
    • Lollypop Farms: (585) 223-1330
    • Oswego City Animal Shelter: (315) 343-1803
    • Oswego County Humane Association: (315) 207-1070
    • Oswego County SPCA: (315) 592-5551
    • Jefferson Co. SPCA: (315) 782-3260
    • Tompkins Co. SPCA: (607) 257-1822
    • Wanderer’s Rest: (315) 697-2796

    ​Spay and Neuter Assistance

    ​SANS Spay and Neuter Syracuse, 315-834-0141 or http://spayandneutersyracuse.org

    SANS Spay and Neuter Syracuse was founded by the Syracuse Onondaga Cat Council. The Council was comprised of local veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, rescuers and concerned citizens who banded together in an effort to address the animal overpopulation problem in Central New York.

    SANS, Spay and Neuter Syracuse is a non-profit low cost spay and neuter clinic devoted to providing  low-cost spay and neuter service for homeless animals and pets belonging to people of low income. Call to request an appointment.

    SNAP Cortland, 607-756-2561 or CNYSNAP or http://cnysnap.net

    CNY snap has been a provider of low cost spay/neuter services to central NY since 2005. They are a non-profit all volunteer organization with a mission to end the overpopulation of dogs and cats in our community. They hold on average 6 clinics per month at their Cortland Facility for barn cats, strays, and dog and cats from households in need of spay and neutering. Call to request an appointment.


    Phone: 315-729-8691

    Email: fixingtohelpcny@gmail.com

    Website: www.fixingtohelpcny.com

    Founded in 2018, Fixing to Help is a nonprofit that promotes pet wellness with a special emphasis on making spay/neuter services accessible. Fixing to Help assists low-income residents of Onondaga County with the cost of having their cats or dogs spayed or neutered.