We know that sometimes life happens and people find themselves unable to properly care for their Animal. Our greatest fear is that someone will feel so desperate that they consider giving or selling their Animal to a stranger. Without the required references and home checks performed by rescue groups, Animals run the risk of being placed into unhealthy and abusive homes. We want to ensure your loved one gets the home they deserve.
Before you make the decision to surrender, give away, or sell your Animal, we may be able to help you find solutions that will allow you to keep your Animal as a member of the family. While we can't guarantee miracles, we do have extensive experience dealing with a multitude of issues and can certainly offer suggestions and alternatives to giving up your Animal.
We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your Animal. In this case, we feel the best solution is for SPCA of South West Michigan to take the Animal and find them a new, loving home.
Based on urgency and foster home space availability, SPCA of South West Michigan does take in Animals surrendered by their owners. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the Animals we take into rescue. Shelter Animals in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. Next are Animals in need of immediate health care that their owners cannot provide. Then, owner surrenders are considered. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and well-being of your Animal.
SPCA of South West Michigan knows that surrendering your Animal is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. If you choose to surrender your Animal, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the Animal to SPCA of South West Michigan. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the Animal to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.
Fill out the Owner Surrender form. You need to be the rightful owner/keeper/caretaker/custodian of the animal.
Wait to receive call. Intake Team will call as soon as space is available. If you have not received a call back within 7 days, this indicates that our shelter is full.
Upon receiving a call, the Cat Coordinator and/or Kennel Manager will discuss with you on setting a date/time for you to come in with your pet.
Please show up on time for your Assessment Appointment. If you are running late or unable to make the appointment, please call to notify us as we can only hold your appointment time for 30 minutes PAST the scheduled time.
Intake Assessment will take place. If we feel your pet cannot be taken in, we will do our best to provide you with the best resources to assist you in your case.
If your pet is accepted, we will have you fill out an owner surrender form and your pet will stay with us on the day of the appointment. We will give you all the time you need to say good-bye as we know how difficult and painful this decision is.
If it has been determined that your Animal is a good fit for our organization, we will contact you to make arrangements to get the Animal
If your Animal is not a good fit or if we do not have room at this time, we will provide you with alternative resources