SURRENDERING AN ANIMAL
BestPals Animal Rescue Center is a non-profit rescue operated solely by volunteers. We are an adoption guaranteed facility. The intake of surrendered animals is limited by space and the capability of our volunteers to care for the animals. Unfortunately, not all animals will be a good fit for our rescue. If we are unable to accept your animal, we will suggest alternatives.
An $80 surrender fee is requested at the time of surrender.
Donations of usable items, such as food, carriers, beds, etc. are accepted and appreciated, but not in lieu of the surrender fee since this fee helps covers ongoing costs associated with the care of your animal. (Sometimes animals stay with us over a year before they are adopted out).
If you are a private individual seeking to surrender your domestic Cat or Dog:
Before BestPals Animal Rescue Center considers your cat or dog for placement, we ask that you complete the following steps:
1. If you obtained your pet from a breeder, animal shelter, or rescue other than BestPals, please contact them to ask for assistance. They may prefer that you return the animal to them.
2. You must be the legal owner of the pet or have legal power to act on behalf of the legal owner to surrender a pet.
3. Complete the intake form. After you submit your completed form, send a copy of your pet’s veterinarian records to us by email or mail. If your pet does not have current vaccinations or is not spayed/neutered for any reason, please submit an explanation with the intake form.
Your dog should be current on all vaccinations, heart-worm test negative, and spayed/neutered.
Your cat should be current on all vaccinations, FELV/FIV tested, and spayed/neutered.
Long haired cats should be groomed and free of mats at the time they are accepted.
Found a stray or orphaned animal?
If you need urgent assistance with rehoming or have found a stray or lost cat or dog, please contact your local humane society.
For Ottawa County, MI, please contact Harbor Humane Society at 616-399-2119