The Animal Admissions Department at the Humane Society of Broward County knows that the decision to surrender a pet is often a very difficult one to make. Sometimes families feel they have no other choice but to give up their pet; they just don’t know what else to do.  Within an eight month time-frame, we have received 3,334 phone calls from people inquiring about surrendering their pets.  While we can’t offer assistance in every situation, since October 2015, we were able to help 457 families to keep their four-legged family members.

Most recently, the HSBC received a $36,000 grant to prevent pet surrender and keep animals in loving homes and out of shelters. This has been made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Rose Fridek Fund, Huizenga Family Unrestricted Fund, Helen Victoria Foote Fund and Community Impact Fund.


Surrender Prevention: Before Surrender Prevention: After
Originally adopted in August of 2006, Rocco, now 10 years old, had a large tumor that needed to be removed and his owner was grateful we were able to remove the tumor thanks to our Surrender Prevention program.

Our Animal Admissions staff is trained to offer assistance to those who don’t want to give up their pets, but don’t know where else to turn.  Pets are surrendered for a variety of reasons ranging from a pet’s behavior, individual allergies or personal finances, a re-location or even a major life event. Sometimes the situation is easily remedied such as a supply of pet food for a few weeks.  Perhaps the owner needs some guidance with housebreaking a new puppy, or the pet needs to attend our obedience classes so the dog and owner can learn basic skills. Other situations might include a free or low-cost spay or neuter to prevent unwanted pregnancies or runaways.

The main goal of the Animal Admissions Department is to provide counseling and resources for pet owners in need so that animal surrender is the last option.

The Humane Society of Broward County is proud to be a Purina Shelter Champions Partner.

The Humane Society of Broward County provides shelter, aid and responsible adoptions
to animals entrusted to our care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals.

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