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Owner Surrender

While one of our goals is to help animals stay in their homes, we understand that there are occasions where it is simply not possible to keep your animal. We do our best to help.

IMHS is a Limited Intake Facility. This means that we can only take animals when we have the room and resources available for that particular animal. Because we can only have so many animals here at once, we may have to put you on a waiting list. The length of time that one may spend on the waiting list is dependent on our current volume, adoptions, and foster facilities available. Rest assured, we do not ever euthanize animals because they "run out of time" or to make room for more animals. 

If you need to surrender your animal, please fill out our surrender form, which corresponds to the type of animal that you have. 


If you are surrendering a dog:

  • There is an $200 surrender fee per dog over 6 months old.

  • For individual puppies, litters of puppies with their mother, and litters without mothers we will discuss the fee on a case-by-case basis.

  • We reserve the right to do a behavioral assessment before agreeing to intake a surrender.  This is to assess whether our staff and volunteers will be able to safely help your dog, and determine if a shelter environment is appropriate for the dog.

  • Please fill out the dog surrender form here.

If you are surrendering a cat:

  • There is a $80 surrender fee per cat over 6 months old.

  • For kittens (individually), kittens surrendered with their mother, and litters surrendered without their mothers, the fee is done on a case-by-case basis.

  • We do not currently have the ability to take in a feral cat.  Please contact us for more information on resources available for feral adult cats. 

  • Please fill out the cat surrender form here.

If we are unable to bring in a dog/cat due to capacity, we may be able to do a "courtesy posting" of your animal to our social media outlets.  We will provide the information that you give us to potential new homes, and the entire process will be up to you.

If you no longer need to surrender your animal, please let us know so that we do not continue to contact you.

About Our Surrender Fees

Intermountain Humane Society does not receive funds from any governmental or municipal agency. The shelter operates entirely on monies collected from adoption fees, surrender fees, donations and fundraisers. 

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