Giving Up Your Pet

Giving up a pet is a difficult decision.  Whatever the case may be, our staff will be happy to discuss, without judgment, the various options available to you, surrendering being the last resort.

If you adopted an animal from the PEI humane Society within the last 3 months, we would appreciate the animal be returned to the PEI Humane Society. (If the animal is returned within the first 30 days of adoption, you will receive a full refund minus dog licensing fees if applicable.)

Bringing the animal back to us allows us to gather more information on the animal and then find a suitable home or address any behavioural or medical issues to help the animal.

What are your options for rehoming your pet on your own?

  1. Try and place your pet with family or friends who will love and care for him.
  2. See if there is a breed rescue group for your breed of pet and contact them.
  3. Check with the breeder where you got your pet.  Responsible breeders will try and help with any problems you’re having and will usually take the animal back if things don’t work out.
  4. Check with your vet

If you have to rehome your pet because your new landlord refuses pets, try these suggestions:

  1. Offer the landlord an extra security deposit.
  2. Offer to let the landlord meet your pets.
  3. Provide a reference from your last landlord specifically about your pets.
  4. Provide a reference letter from your veterinarian that states you take your pets for annual exams, they are current on all their vaccines, are spayed or neutered, and are on a regular flea medication regime.
  5. Provide proof that your animal is licensed if your community requires it under the law.
  6. Provide a reference letter from your dog trainer which states you have attended classes or that you are currently enrolled in one.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

If your want to keep your pet but need financial help with spaying or neutering, visit the SpayAid PEI website or call 902-892-5373.


IMPORTANT: Behaviour Issues

If you need to rehome your pet due to behaviour issues such as aggression, inappropriate elimination or separation anxiety, it would be best to speak to your veterinarian first. You could also contact a dog trainer or cat behaviour expert. You can start by asking us for help, and we will supply you with as many resources as possible.

Email our Adoption & Intake Coordinator –  for additional information on keeping or rehoming a pet with behavioural issues or special needs.

What’s involved with surrendering your pet to the Shelter?


Call us at 902-892-1190 ext 21 to make an appointment to surrender your pet.

The surrendering process takes approximately 30 minutes, and it must be the pet owner who attends with the animal.

On the day of your appointment please bring your pet in a secure carrier/cage or on a leash. Remember to bring:

  • favourite blankets
  • toys
  • any medications
  • food with your pet’s name marked on it
  • past health records from your pet’s veterinarian


Surrender Fees:

$25 – Each cat or dog, regardless of age

$60 – 3 or more cats or dogs, regardless of age

$20 – Rabbit, Ferret, Bird, Chinchilla, Sugar Glider

$15 – Guinea Pig or Degu (any number)

$10 – Hamsters, Gerbils and mice (any number)

If you are able, you are more than welcome to make a donation to the Society in addition to these fees.  Donations of $10 or more will be issued an official tax receipt.