Surrendering a Pet

If you are a resident of Chatham County and can no longer care for your pet, you may surrender your dog or cat to Chatham County Animal Services (CCAS). Surrendering your pet to CCAS should be an absolute last resort. Remember, you are your pet's best advocate! Try speaking with family members or friends about taking your pet in first, or contact local rescue groups (there is a list of local rescues at the bottom of this page), or use placement services like Rehome by Adopt a Pet or Rescue Me!

If you are surrendering your pet due to behavioral issues, please see these behavior archives for help dealing with common behavioral challenges:
Dogs: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues
Cats: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues

If you are experiencing financial strain, there are low-cost resources for food, housing, medical care, and more below:

CCAS is located at 7211 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.

Appointments are required to surrender animals to CCAS. We are open to the public each day from 1 PM – 4 PM, closed on Wednesdays and major holidays. Please call 912-652-6575 to make a surrender appointment.

You will need to bring:

  1. Government issued photo ID
  2. Filled out Surrender form (click to download)
    • If you do not have a printer, arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to give yourself time to fill the form out. The more we know about the animal entering our care, the easier it is for us to successfully place the animal in the future.
  3. Vaccination/medical records for the animal you are surrendering
  4. Proof of ownership of the pet via:
    • The Vaccination/veterinary record of the animal with the person who is surrendering listed as the owner.
    • The animal's microchip currently registered to the person surrendering
    • Family photos/videos of the pet

Your appointment will last about 30 minutes so staff can gather appropriate information about your pet. Any surrendered animal is held for 48 hours before being advanced through medical and behavioral assessments. If you have a change in circumstance/heart during this window, please reach out to us and you may be able to have the animal returned to you.

We respect the difficult decision owners are making when deciding to surrender a pet, and understand it is sometimes unavoidable. We will work with you to find the most appropriate outcome for you and your pet.

CCAS is an open admission facility, meaning we take in any pet that is in need of shelter or care regardless of age, medical status, or behavior. Because of this, euthanasia is sometimes the most humane outcome for some animals. There is no determined time limit on length of any animal's stay.


Surrender FAQ

Why do I need to make an appointment to bring in a pet?
In order to attempt to secure resources (food, enrichment items, cage space, etc.) when a pet arrives, CCAS requires a scheduled surrender appointment. Without an appointment process, we would have no control over the number of pets that come into our care each day, and our ability to provide the best possible care for each animal would be hindered.

What if I don't want to make an appointment?
If you don't want to schedule an appointment, we will refer you to other rescues and shelters or provide rehoming information to help you rehome your pet yourself.

What types of pets does CCAS accept?
CCAS provides care for cats and dogs.

If you have an exotic pet or livestock, we can offer resources to help you find a place for your pet.

Can I find out what happened to my pet after it was surrendered to CCAS?
Yes. If you contact CCAS we can let you know if your pet was adopted, placed with a rescue partner, or humanely euthanized. However, we will not share adopter contact information or details about the rescue partner to which your pet was transferred. If we have determined your pet is not suitable for placement via adoption or rescue transfer, and euthanasia is the most humane option, you may be able to reclaim your pet.


Local Rescues

Humane Society for Greater Savannah
https://www.humanesocietysav.org/

Coastal Pet Rescue
coastalpetrescue.org

GRRR (GA Rescue, Rehab & Relocation)
https://www.grrrsavesdogs.org/

One Love Animal Rescue
www.oneloveanimalrescue.com

Renegade Paws Rescue
https://www.renegadepawsrescue.org/

Save-A-Life
www.savealifepets.org

Imagine Pet Rescue
http://imaginepetrescue.org/

Use PetHarbor.com, PetFinder.com, or AdoptaPet.com to find other rescues and shelters nearby.