Surrender an Animal
The term ‘surrender’ refers to domestic animals who have been relinquished willingly by their owners or caregivers into the care of the animal shelter. These animals may have been long term family members or may have originated as stray animals who had been cared for over a prolonged period of time. Isabella County Animal Control and HATS only accept surrenders from residents of Isabella County.
Individuals wishing to surrender their pet(s) should plan ahead whenever possible and understand that we are not always able to take animals at the time of arrival if no notice has been given.
How do I surrender an animal to HATS?
Individuals wishing to surrender their pet must speak with the department supervisor before relinquishing ownership of the pet.
HATS schedules animal surrenders by appointment and, for the health and safety for all involved, may require vaccine verification prior to the animal entering the facility. For further information about surrendering an animal, please contact one of the two departments listed below for further assistance:
(989) 775-0830 ext. 4
(989) 775-0830 ext. 5
Please note that a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card is required when surrendering an animal to our facility.
What if I have an animal other than a cat or dog to surrender?
HATS does not currently have the housing or resources to take animals other than dogs or cats. There are many private rescues dedicated to exotic pets in the state of Michigan and our staff may be able to assist with contact information and/or resources that may render surrendering the animal unnecessary.
What if I have second thoughts and want to reclaim my pet?
Relinquishing a pet is a serious decision. Prior to surrendering a pet, the HATS staff is available to provide resources and information on how to troubleshoot issues a pet owner may be facing with their animal. If those issues are unresolved and the owner decides to surrender their pet into the care of HATS, that decision is final and cannot be undone.
Do I have to pay a fee if I want to surrender a pet?
There is a $10 cash or check fee associated with each animal surrendered to the facility. This fee is required by Isabella County Animal Control and is used to support the services Animal Control provides to Isabella County residents. This fee is non-refundable and due at the time of drop-off.