The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is an open-admission facility, so we never turn any animal away. We serve the tax payers for the four jurisdictions in the Cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County.
Since we cannot guarantee the adoption of your pet once it is surrendered we ask that you use us as a last resort. We have many surrender alternatives to help you in this process: see Animal Surrender Alternatives and Resources for Deploying Military and Their Pets.
If you rent your home/apartment, see this information about talking to your landlord about pets. For lists of pet-friendly apartments, see:
Having to surrender your pet can be a very upsetting decision for both you and your pet. We would like to help you in making the decision that’s best for both of you.
If the reason for surrender is behavior, you can call our shelter and speak to our animal behaviorist on staff for suggestions at 757-933-8980. Also, you can view these behavior resources.
If you adopted the pet from another facility, we ask that you reach out to them first.
There is no fee to surrender your pet but we do ask that you bring any medical paperwork with you.
Owner Surrender Forms: