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Surrendering Your Pet to the MD SPCA

What Happens When You Surrender Your Pet?

Surrendering to an animal shelter should be the last resort for rehoming. Pets in general can be very stressed in even the best animal shelter and may become ill or display aggressive behaviors that can make it challenging to care for them at the shelter.

All pets surrendered to the MD SPCA must pass health and behavior testing in order to go up for adoption. Cats receive a medical test following intake, and a behavior evaluation after being in the shelter for at least one day. During intake, an Admissions Coordinator collects information on the pet to help us place the pet in an appropriate home, and has the owner sign paperwork transferring ownership of the pet to the Maryland SPCA. If your pet does not enter our adoption program due to illness or behavior that can not be managed in this environment we will try to find placement in a local rescue group. After all attempts to treat and find placement options, there is a chance of euthanasia as a final decision.

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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