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Surrendering Requirements

Surrendering Your Pet to the Maryland SPCA: Steps and Requirements

Surrendering a pet to admissions is by appointment ONLY

Requirements for surrender appointment:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age in order to sign the surrender contract.
  • You must be the legal owner of the pet.
  • On the day of the appointment you must bring ID and cash or credit card for the surrender fee.

There is a surrender fee of $30 per pet (over the age of 6 months) or per litter (under the age of 6 months), which is due at the time of surrender. This fee represents a small fraction of the total cost incurred by the shelter for the care of each pet. The Maryland SPCA does not receive government funds, nor do we receiving funding from national organizations. The work we do is paid for by public donations and the fees we charge for our services.

To discuss surrendering your pet and to schedule an appointment, please contact our Admissions Department at 410-235-8826 x100 or by email at


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