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Surrendering Your Pet

If considering surrendering pets who were NOT adopted through ARF-IL, we strongly encourage that, before relinquishing your pet, you explore the options of rehoming your pet with your personal friends, co-workers, and family members. If your pet was adopted through a shelter other than ARF-IL, contact that shelter about returning the pet before contacting ARF-IL. If your pet was adopted through ARF-IL, please contact us first before making other arrangements, as stated in your adoption contract.

We understand that many are going through some tough economic times and that the needs of your pets may be a strain on the budget. Whenever possible, we ask owners to keep their pets in their homes by asking your county government office or church for information on area food pantries who offer assistance with pet foods and cat litter, and by speaking with your vet's office about temporarily doing only the necessary health maintenance care until finances improve. You can also find low cost spay & neuter options on our website.

The American Humane Society has a detailed list of tips for homeowners with pets who may be facing foreclosure.

If you're having behavioral issues and are seeking to relinquish your pet, you may wish to contact an animal behaviorist or professional trainer. Often times, behavioral problems can be resolved with a little patience and creativity. ARF is not equipped to handle the more severe behavioral issues and acceptance of your animal into ARF’s care will be dependant upon the animals overall health and behavioral temperament.

If you have found a stray, contact your local animal control agency for more information:

DuPage Animal Control


Surrendering an Animal to ARF

Please consider all options prior to contacting us. We will help if we can. Please read the following guidelines: 

  • Before contacting us to surrender an animal, you must complete the Owner Surrender Form below.
  • ARF accepts pets by appointment only.  You can email us at surrender@arf-il.org to discuss your situation. 
  • You must be the legal owner of the animal and have had the animal in your custody for a minimum of thirty days.
  • Appointments to surrender and animal will typically take place at our preferred veterinarian’s office where a decision can be made as to the health of the animal.  Unfortunately, many people surrender their animals when they are elderly or so sick that the only humane option is euthanasia. 
  • Euthanasia fees are at the expense of the person surrendering.  This is why the animal will not be relinquished until seen by a veterinarian.
  • You will be asked to provide us with any previous medical history and to complete a personality profile for each animal. ARF receives no public funding and survives on the generosity of caring individuals.
  • To compensate, ARF does charge the following minimum donation to cover costs for the care of your pet subsequent to relinquishment fees:
$50.00Litter of kittens ( under 3 months of age)
$60.00Litter of puppies ( under 3 months of age)
Please note that the relinquishment fee covers only a small portion of the cost to care for the animal.

Online Surrender form

Please note that items marked with an red asterisk * are required.  Use the TAB key to quickly move about the form.

Contact Information

*First Name:*Last Name:
State, Zip:*Email Address:
*Home Phone:Alternate Number:

Animal Information:

Please List Breed Info:
Coat Type: Age:
Pet Name:

Veterinary Information:

Vet Name:
Vet Address:
Vet Phone:

General Animal Information:

*Was this pet adopted from ARF-IL?
Is the animal spayed/neutered? 
Is the animal micro-chipped?
If yes, please provide the
micro-chip number and brand:
Have you ever given up a animal
in the past for any reason?
No Yes, Please Explain:
Have you put an animal to sleep (euthanized)?No Yes, Please Explain:
Any obedience training? No Yes, Please Explain:
Is the animal on any medication?

No Yes, Please Explain:
Is the animal crate trained?
Is the animal housebroken?
Does the animal walk well on a leash?
Is the animal good Dogs?
Is the animal good with Cats?
Is the animal good with Kids?
What amount of exercise does the animal get daily?
Where is the animal during the day while you are at work?
Where is the animal kept at night?
Where is the animal when you are home?
Why are you giving up the animal?

Please list any other information about the animal that would be useful for our foster homes or potential new adoptive families to know.  Please list both good and bad things that we should know.

Agreement and Signature

By signing below, I hereby certify that I am the rightful owner/keeper or caretaker/custodian of the animal(s) who is/are the subject of this Animal
Surrender Form, hereinafter referred to as “the animal.”

I hereby surrender any and all property rights to the animal.  I certify that no other person has a right of property to the animal.  I also hereby certify that the animal has /has not  bitten or scratched a human or another animal within the past 10 days.  I understand that once I relinquish the animal, the animal will not be available to be returned.   I further certify that I have read and understand the terms of this Animal Surrender Form.


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