Pet Surrenders

At MCACC, we recognize that giving up a family pet is never an easy decision, but we know that sometimes it may feel like you have no other option. Since our primary mission is to serve the lost and homeless pets of Maricopa County, we allow residents of the county to surrender their pets to the shelter by appointment only. Appointment availability is determined by several factors including existing kennel space and other special circumstances.

To better help you during this difficult time, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources and available alternatives to surrendering your pet to MCACC. Before scheduling an appointment with us, please review the options below to help you determine the best choice for your situation. Start by visiting Arizona Pet Project’s website and Arizona Humane Society’s Pet Resource Center website and then review the Alternative Resources section at the bottom of the page. 

Overview of Owner Surrender Process

Surrendering a pet is a difficult decision. We want to help you through the process to ensure you are making the best decision for you and your situation. In the steps below, we have outlined the process for you to follow when considering surrendering your pet to MCACC. 

  1. Review available options and resources listed on this page 
  2. Pursue alternatives that work for your situation
  3. If you decide to surrender with us, review surrender fees below
  4. Schedule an appointment and complete surrender form online
  5. You may be contacted by MCACC for more information (if needed)
  6. Attend appointment with ID and payment ready to surrender your pet

Note: This surrender process does not apply to stray or community cats. For more information, please view our Community Cat resource.

Surrender Fees

If after reviewing the alternative resources, you determine that surrendering your pet to MCACC is the best decision for you, there is a $75 surrender fee per pet, which is collected at the time of your appointment.

Schedule a Surrender Appointment

If you are ready to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to MCACC, here is some information to help you with the online process. 

  • Appointments are scheduled a minimum of 48 hours in advance
  • Separate calendars are managed for dogs and cats. Be sure to choose the correct calendar when booking. 
  • You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire with detailed information about your pet’s behavior when booking your appointment. 
  • You may receive a phone call from MCACC staff within 48 hours of your appointment if additional information is needed. 
  • If you are surrendering multiple pets, you will need to schedule an appointment and complete the form for each pet.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to have your ID, important pet-related documents, and a form of payment ready. 

Reminder: MCACC does not accept surrendered pets without a scheduled appointment. 

For additional questions or more information, call 602-506-7387.

To schedule your pet’s appointment, click on the dog OR cat below to access the correct calendar.


COVID-19 Update: We encourage shelter visitors to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including face masks and gloves, to help keep everyone safe.