Are you thinking about surrending your pet?
Points to consider prior to surrendering your pet
If you are contemplating handing over your pet to the AWL you must realise that we need to be used as a last resort and you need to have exhausted all other options before deciding to sign your pet over to the AWL.
We want to work with you to keep your pet at home with you rather than at one of our shelters so there are many alternative options that we may be able to offer you depending on your circumstances.
What is the real issue and is there help for you and your pet?
- Have a think about why you need to surrender your pet or give it away. Is there anything else you could do? Have you talked to your local Veterinary clinic? Have you contacted the AWL for some advice about some of the problems you are having with you pet?
- The AWL staff and volunteers have had many years of experience in the animal industry and we are always here to help. Even if you think you are at the end of the road of solutions or ideas please phone us or come in to visit. We have fully qualified Behavioural trainers on staff and qualified Vet nurses who are also happy to assist where we can.
We offer behavioural advice by phone or individual behaviour consultations by appointment.
- There are also many Vet clinics that will be happy to talk to you about any problems you may be having with your pet they may refer you onto a behavioural expert or trainer if they believe it may be a training problem.
- Did you know that some behavioural issues are as a result of or a symptom of an undiagnosed medical problem? It is definitely worth having a talk to your local Veterinary practice.
- Have you had a discussion with the landlord about a pet bond? Some landlords and/or land agents won’t allow pets in their rental properties as a blanket rule, but it may be worth discussing the option of signing and paying a pet bond in order to be allowed to keep you pet with you.
- Have you thought about any other areas of your life that you can reduce expenses? We know it is often not easy getting by especially when you have many mouths to feed, both human and animal! But sometimes it is in other areas that we can make adjustments that might mean being able to continue to care for your pet.
- Take time to talk to your local Vet, build a respectful relationship with them, and discuss Vet pay or similar as this is a payment plan arrangement that can often be utilised in times of need.
- Are you moving interstate or overseas? Have you spoken to any animal transport companies to see if they can assist? Contact Dogtainers they may surprise you with how simple it could be? www.dogtainers.com.au
- There are options so please phone and speak to one of the helpful staff about your situation.
The AWL does everything we can to re home physically and psychologically healthy animals into appropriate homes but we cannot offer any guarantees about the potential to rehome an animal.
We can then send you the appropriate form to complete in your own time prior to your appointment. This can assist in making the whole process less stressful for you and your pet when you arrive at the shelter and enables our staff time to attend to your situation as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Owners are required to provide personal identification and proof of ownership (eg Microchip details, Council Registration, vaccination card or vet clinic receipt with you and your pets details on it) upon surrendering an animal.
Once you sign this animal over to the AWL, it becomes the property of the AWL and will be assessed and processed in accordance with AWL policies and procedures. You cannot enquire about the animal once you have relinquished ownership.
The AWL cannot offer any guarantee about the rehomability of your pet. Once you sign this animal over to the AWL, it becomes the property of the AWL and will be assessed and processed in accordance with AWL policies and procedures.
The AWL has multiple options if you cannot afford to pay for the handover fee. Firstly we can send out an account to be paid at a later date and we also have a direct debit payment plan available.
Yes, the handover fee is $60 per cat or litter of kittens and $80 per dog or puppy and this will need to be paid on arrival.
There are options so please phone and speak to one of the helpful staff about your situation.
Yes, in some instances but in most cases it is not in the best interest of the animal to be returned to the surrendering owner. However if your circumstances have changed within days of surrendering your pet please phone us to discuss options with one of our team members.