Surrendering Your Pet

Black Dog on LeashSurrendering your pet to a shelter should be a last resort, not a first option. If you are surrendering your pet to the shelter, contact Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement (GCACE) at 704-922-8677 to schedule an appointment

Surrendering your pet can be a stressful and emotional time for your family. To improve services for citizens surrendering a pet while more effectively managing the admission of pets into GCACE, we require owners to schedule an appointment to surrender their pet.

Animal Care and Enforcement will providing resources to support and assist citizens who are faced with relinquishment of a pet. Scheduling the admission of the pet at the shelter will improve our level of service to citizens through a more streamlined and organized process while improving care and positive outcomes for pets. GCACE will be able to more effectively prepare for the intake and care of these pets, and GCACE staff will be allowed a window in which to work with pet owners to solve their pet problems so that, if possible, owners and their pets may stay together.

Pet owners seeking low-cost, end-of-life humane euthanasia services for their pet shall not be subject to this policy. These pets shall be admitted without an appointment.

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