Surrendering Your Pet

We understand surrendering your pet can be an incredibly difficult decision, and one that is made for a variety of valid and well-founded reasons. If re-homing your pet is not an option, you can surrender your pet to ACSKC. Rest assured that, by surrendering your pet to ACSKC, we will provide them with the best care possible based on their unique needs. We do not euthanize based on breed or length of stay at our shelter.

Pets should be surrendered to us during shelter hours. This ensures that:

  1. We can learn about your pet, such as personality, diet, veterinary records, and other information that can help us make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible and ensure that they are placed in the right home
  2. We can verify you are a Kent County resident

There is no surrender fee. To surrender your pet, please call (410) 778-3648 to make an appointment.

The Drop Room

In case of an emergency, such as if your pet has attacked someone or another animal, or if you have found a stray that has to be surrendered immediately, Kent County residents can access our Drop Room during shelter off-hours.

The Drop Room is located on Shelter property, adjacent to the garage. To access the Drop Room, you will need to call the on-duty Animal Control Officer (phone number listed on the door) who will give you the passcode to enter the room. The animal will be taken into our care by our staff the following morning.

Please note that it is unlawful to abandon an animal outside of the shelter.





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