Surrendering an Animal

If the alternative resources provided do not address the circumstances you are facing, below are the guidelines for surrendering an animal to the Baltimore Humane Society:

  • You must be the caregiver of the animal.
  • The Baltimore Humane Society accepts pets by appointment only.
  • Only the caregiver may call to schedule the surrender appointment. The number to call is 410-833-8848 x203/204. Staff is available to take your call on Monday from 9am-4pm, and the rest of the week (Tuesday-Sunday) from 9am-6pm.
  • You will be asked to provide any and all medical/behavioral history and paperwork for your pet.
  • Unfortunately, there are some instances when we cannot accommodate certain animals due to age/medical/behavioral issues.
  • We often have a waiting list, but attempt to help each animal as we can. Since we are a no-kill organization and do not euthanize to make space for incoming animals, we have animals that are here for a bit longer than many other shelters. We help people as we can and as soon as space becomes available, we attempt to fill it immediately. In addition, please be mindful of the fact that there is limited space and we are trying our very best to find these pets the homes they deserve.
  • There is a $50 surrender fee due at time of surrender for dogs, cats, and litters. The surrender fee for small animals is $15.  Please note that the Baltimore Humane Society receives no public funding and survives on the generosity of caring individuals.

Abandoning an animal is illegal!

Animals abandoned on the Baltimore Humane Society’s property are required by Baltimore County law to be turned over to Baltimore County Animal Services. Leaving an animal on our property (with or without information about the animal) is considered abandonment and the animal will be taken to animal control. Please call during normal business hours to arrange a surrender appointment.

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