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There are times when the human/animal bond breaks or circumstances change and a guardian must relinquish a pet. Please carefully consider the following if you are thinking about giving up an animal:

Many pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that relinquishing your pet is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the wealth of resources available to help pet owners such as yourself deal with problems that can seem overwhelming. Any pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that relinquishing your pet is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the wealth of resources available to help pet owners such as yourself deal with problems that can seem overwhelming.

​Behavior problems

If you are dealing with a pet behavior problem, consider first consulting with your veterinarian. Many problems may be due to a treatable medical condition. 







For example, a house trained pet may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection rather than a behavior problem. Your veterinarian will be able to rule out any physical cause of the problem and may also be able to refer you to an animal behaviorist or trainer in your community who has the experience and expertise to help address your pet's behavior problem. There are also many resources on internet that offer helpful tips on solving pet behavior problems. 

Finding a good home for your pet

If you ultimately decide that you cannot keep your pet, you have several options.

Your best resource is your local animal shelter. Most shelters screen potential adopters to make sure that they will be able to provide a safe, responsible, and loving home for your pet.
Roice-Hurst Relinquishment Policies and Fees

Please call to set up a Relinquishment appointment. Walk-in relinquishments cannot be accepted.

A health examination, behavior assessment, and/or history review is required and will determine if your pet is suited for our adoption program. 

To offset the cost of this evaluation, and to provide care for your pet until it is adopted, a fee is requested when 
you relinquish your pet.

Our standard relinquishment fees are: 

  • $100 for Dogs
  • $65 for cats

Some animals may need medical or behavior help, but would otherwise make a good companion animal. These animals may receive medical treatment and/or behavior management as determined by staff assessment.

If it is determined that the pet is in need of extra-ordinary medical care, which would involve the  services of a licensed Veterinarian, or behavior issues that would require extra training, you may be asked to pay all or a portion of these costs in addition to the standard relinquishment fee.

If we are at full capacity in our kennels or cat rooms, we can put you on a waiting list for an opening. When an opening becomes available, we will call you to set up an appointment for a relinquishment assessment.



Health problems

Do you or a family member have a health problem (for example, an allergy or an infection that weakens the immune system) that makes it difficult to keep your pet? Has a physician actually recommended you give up your pet? Before taking such a drastic step, read our information on how you can help an allergic or immunocompromised person keep their pet without sacrificing their health or comfort. Read more on help with allergies to cats or dogs.

Housing problems

In a recent study, "moving" and "landlord won't allow" were among the top reasons for the relinquishment of pets to shelters. If you are moving and are having trouble finding animal-friendly housing, or are experiencing other pet-related housing difficulties, please check out this helpful  link.
Breed Specific Rescue Organizations

If you have a dog of a specific breed, there may be a breed rescue organization in your area that will accept him and work to find him a new home. Purebred rescue groups are usually run by people with in-depth knowledge of a specific breed. Rescue groups usually keep adoptable animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. To locate a rescue group that specializes in your dog's breed, see a list of Colorado breed rescues  here.

Finding a new home

If you decide to try to find a new home for your pet yourself, rather than relying upon a local animal shelter or rescue organization, be sure the animal's best interests remain your top priority. 

If you choose to find a home for your pet yourself, follow these guidelines:

Advertise through friends, neighbors, and local veterinarians first; then try the newspaper, if all else fails. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know. 

Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure she will be cared for properly and that you want to see how the animal responds to the new home. Screen potential homes carefully. 

Don't be fooled

If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as "bunchers" routinely answer "free to good home" ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actuality, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through "free to good home" ads. These people are "professionals" who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.