Surrender Your Pet

Circumstances change and you may find that you can no longer keep your pet. We understand how hard it can be making this decision and we thank you for reaching out to us for help.

This year RSPCA NSW has taken in over 9,000 pets who are no longer able to stay with their owner.

Having trouble with your pet and looking for advice? Read the FAQs below and find out how we can help.



If your animal is aged, terminally ill, injured or needing veterinary treatment and you are not in a position where you can continue to care for them, you may need to consider speaking with our veterinary team about the options that may be available to support you. Find your nearest RSPCA NSW veterinary hospital.

A pet resume may be your key to success. Consider keeping a veterinary history, up to date vaccination certificates and a behaviour profile for your pet.

To assist with the cost of desexing pet cats and dogs, RSPCA NSW offers subsidised desexing programs on a case-by-case basis. Contact your local RSPCA shelter, branch or veterinary hospital to see how we can help.

Is your pet crying or howling when left home alone? Does your pet dig, chew or destroy the house? Would your pet benefit from basic manners and house training? Behaviour modifications are often successful in enabling owners to keep their pets and enjoy a long and fulfilling relationship with them. Contact your local shelter to see how we can support you.

Believe it or not, often people think they are allergic to their pet when in fact the cause of the reaction is from something else, such as, flea treatment. The only way to verify your allergy is with a test from your local GP.

If you have a confirmed allergy, love your pet and just need some good advice on how to live happily ever after try these tips:

1. Create a pet-free zone in your home (e.g. bedroom). Do not allow your pet access to this area. Often it is not a small exposure to an allergen that triggers a reaction but increased exposure over time.
2. Wash and groom your pet regularly. Bathe them and have their hair trimmed. This will prevent the build-up of old and loose hair.
3. Keep your home clean. Invest in an air purifier. Regularly wash your curtains, carpets and bedding.

We know things may change from time to time, and sometimes we all just need a little help. Contact your local shelter to see how we might be able to support you.

If your pet has issues with aggression, it may be successfully treated and managed. It is crucial to diagnose the type of aggression and its 'triggers', so we can identify what provokes the behaviour. Consider seeking assistance with a behavioural specialist, or speak with one of our veterinary hospitals and let us help.

RSPCA NSW is unable to re-home restricted breeds (e.g. Pitbulls) or animals that have been declared dangerous. We suggest to first contact your local council to see if your pet has any restrictions or orders on file. If not, you may have luck privately rehoming your pet, or alternatively, surrendering it to a local council impounding facility or shelter.

Give yourself time to rehome your pet. It can often take weeks or months to find your pet the best home. Increase your pet’s adoptability by having your pet desexed, groomed and vaccinated. If your pet is a purebred, try contacting the original breeder or reputable rescue groups.

Sometimes the best homes are found with people that already know and love your pet, so make sure to ask family and friends too. Try social media and adverts because there are more chances of finding your pet a new home when more people know about it.

It is our goal to find a good home for every healthy or treatable animal that comes to us. You can contact your local RSPCA shelter to make an appointment. There is a fee when surrendering which is payable at the time of your appointment. This fee assists us with the cost of caring for your pet while they are with us. Please contact your local shelter to find out more about this fee.

You will also need to bring personal ID (e.g. drivers license), proof of ownership (e.g. microchip paperwork from council) and any veterinary information for your pet. It is very important to note that we are not able to guarantee an adoption outcome for every animal and this will be dependent on a medical and behavioural assessment.


Please complete the below form if you would like more information on surrendering your pet.

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