Surrendering an Animal

At Paws and Prayers, we recognize that there are a wide variety of circumstances that may inhibit pet owners from keeping their pets and that the need to re-home them may arise. We understand that this is not a decision that pet owners come to lightly and, when possible, Paws and Prayers can accept owner surrenders into our rescue. As a foster-based rescue, Paws and Prayers’ ability to accept animals relies on the availability of foster homes. That being said, please review the below options for re-homing your pet and Paws and Prayers’ surrender policies. Please fill out a surrender application here to apply to Paws and Prayers’ surrender program.

Paws and Prayers has a vast network through which we market your pet and find the best possible adoptive home. In addition to taking the time to get to know your pet inside a foster-home, Paws and Prayers advertises your pet on several national adoption websites, our own website, and via social media. Applicants must meet certain criteria prior to being selected for adoption and, most importantly, each Paws and Prayers animal is given the lifetime-guarantee that we will always accept back animals adopted from us should someone find themselves unable to care for their adopted pet.

  • Paws and Prayers has a 1 to 6 week wait-list for those looking to surrender their cat(s) to Paws and Prayers; the length of time varies based on adoption rates and available foster homes for the pet(s).
  • Paws and Prayers cannot guarantee that cats surrendered together will be adopted together. Your decision to surrender a pet to Paws and Prayers is acceptance that we will do everything in our power to ensure the best home possible for your pet, but that it may be away from the other pets surrendered with him/her.
  • If you can foster your own pet throughout the rehoming process, you will not have to wait to be accepted into the program. Those that choose this route must remain reasonably flexible for medical follow-ups and meet and greets.
  • Paws and Prayers does NOT accept feral or semi-feral cats into our program; please contact Onfe of a Kind Pet Clinic for information regarding their Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) Program at (330) 865-6980.
  • If you cannot wait to surrender your pet, you may surrender your cat(s) at Summit County Animal Control for a $25/animal fee. Full information, including hours of operation and location, can be found here.
  • Paws and Prayers does require a surrender fee to help recuperate the cost of per diem and medical care of your pet. For cats, the fees are as follows:
    • Adult Cat, $25
    • Pregnant Cat, $50
    • Litter of Kittens (6 or less), $15/kitten (e.g., 3 kittens = $45)
    • Litter of Kittens (7 or more), $100 flat fee

Donations above and beyond these amounts are appreciated.

  • Paws and Prayers’ ability to take in owner-surrender dogs is contingent on the availability of a foster-home. Our chief priority is to accept animals from animal control facilities with high rate of euthanasia so we are not in a position, nor are we obligated, to accept every surrendered dog into our program.
  • Paws and Prayers cannot guarantee that dogs surrendered together will be adopted together. Your decision to surrender a pet to Paws and Prayers is acceptance that we will do everything in our power to ensure the best home possible for your pet, but that it may be away from the other pets surrendered with him/her.
  • If you can foster your own pet throughout the rehoming process, you will not have to wait to be accepted into the program. Those that choose this route must remain reasonably flexible for medical follow-ups and meet and greets. You will play an active role in choosing your pet’s adoptive home.
  • Paws and Prayers does NOT accept stray dogs; it is against local law to do so. If you have found a stray dog, your legal responsibility is to turn it in to animal control.
  • If you cannot wait to surrender your pet or if your pet is not a fit for our program, you may surrender your dog(s) at Summit County Animal Control for a $50/animal fee. Full information, including hours of operation and location, can be found here.
  • Paws and Prayers does require a surrender fee to help recuperate the cost of per diem and medical care of your pet. For dogs, the fees are as follows:
    • Adult Dog, unaltered, $75
    • Adult Dog, altered, $50
    • Litters of puppies, $25/puppy

Donations above and beyond these amounts are appreciated.

After reviewing our surrender policies, click the application link below to apply to the program.