Alternative Solutions to Surrendering a Pet
Surrendering your pet to a shelter should be a last resort, not a first option.
Our goal is to provide resources and possible alternative solutions to pet relinquishment, to keep more pets in homes and out of shelters. If you are considering surrendering a pet to Animal Care and Enforcement or any shelter, please review the following information first.
By providing a wide-array of free and low-cost resources that may serve as alternative solutions to pet relinquishment, our goal is to save more lives while providing meaningful, supportive community education on the responsibilities of pet ownership. If any of the following scenarios apply to your situation, we can help you!
We have compiled helpful information and tips for overcoming the most common behavioral problems faced by pet parents.
Cannot Afford Medical Care
There are several affordable care options for pet owners.
Cannot Afford to Feed
The Affordable Food Program is to assist the public and help reduce the number of animals brought to the shelter.
Cannot Afford to Vaccinate
Twice a year Gaston County Health and Human Services, assisted by Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Division, offers a free rabies vaccination drive-through clinic.
Emergency Situation & Temporary Housing
Find out your options if you are in an emergency situation and need temporary housing for your pet.
Feral / Unsocialized Cats
If you have feral cats on your property or in your community, please consider some alternatives.
Find a New Home
We understand that sometimes pet guardians find themselves unable to continue providing care for their pet.
Found a Stray
If you found a stray dog or cat without an ID tag, here are some tips for reuniting the animal with its owner.
Moving & Can't Take Pet
Remember that bringing a pet into your home is a lifelong commitment, so you must be certain that your new pet will be accepted by your landlord or leasing agent.
Person in Home is Pregnant / Allergic
Before you consider giving up your pet because of health concerns it may have caused a family member, learn more about the conditions to determine if they are cause for concern or if there are ways to manage symptoms while still keeping your pet in the home.
Surrendering Your Pet
Surrendering your pet can be a stressful and emotional time for your family.
Relinquishing a Pet to Animal Care & Enforcement
By continuing to our Surrendering Your Pet page, you acknowledge that you have read all of the options listed on this page and have, to the best of your ability, pursued all available alternatives to surrendering a pet.