Giving Up Your Pet

Giving up a pet is a difficult decision and there are many reasons why people take this step.  Depending on that reason, often training classes, a behaviour specialist, or your veterinarian can help the situation so that you are able to keep your companion.  Whatever the case may be, our staff will be happy to discuss, without judgment, the various options that are available to you, surrendering being the last resort.

What are your options?

  • Try and place your pet with family or friends who will love and care for him.
  • Place an ad in the newspaper or at your local veterinarian’s office (our staff can give you tips on screening potential adopters).
  • Consider obedience classes or seek help from a qualified animal behavioural specialist link to finding a trainer page
  • Check if there is a breed rescue group for your breed of pet and contact them (they generally do a good job of screening potential adopters.)
  • Check with the place/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.

What’s involved?

In order to make the process as smooth and stress-free for both you and your pet, you must call us at: (902) 892-1190 to make an appointment to surrender your pet.  We will book the first available appointment for you.  Once you have booked your appointment we will email you a Pet Profile which we will ask you to complete and return to us before your appointment.


The surrendering process takes approximately 30 minutes and it must be the pet owner who attends with the animal. When you come to the Shelter for your appointment, please leave your pet in your car and check in with our Front Desk staff to confirm that you have arrived and that we have your pet’s kennel ready for a smooth transition.  Please remember to bring your pet’s food, crate, collar, toys or blankets which will help make them settle in with us.


Our Adoption and Intake Counsellor will meet with you and review the Pet Profile.  This document provides important information for placing your pet in a new, suitable home.  We will also ask you about your pet’s health and medical history.

There is a fee to surrender your pet to the PEI Humane Society which is intended to help pay for the daily expenses associated with caring for your pet.  The fee is payable by cash, debit or credit card and will be collected from you when you attend your appointment.  The Society does not accept personal cheques for surrender fees.


PEI Humane Society Surrender Fees:

Effective Saturday, May 4 we’ve simplified our surrender fees for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.  The new surrender fees are as follows:


$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

$10 – Guinea Pig

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

$5- Degu


The PEI Humane Society is a non-profit organization which depends on donations in order to continue operating.  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