If you have to give up your pet, please do the right thing:

DON’T drop your pet off at our building when we are closed. It is against the law and unsafe for the animals.

DON'T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON'T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn't always happen.

DON'T give your pet away to a stranger. You don't know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.

DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend, one who you are confident will love and care for your pet properly and will keep you informed of its welfare. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home. Shelters receive many pets from people who knew the previous owners and wanted to help them by taking in a pet, but who did so without realizing the efforts involved in keeping the animal. (Note: Pets adopted from the Al-Van, however, are required by contract to be returned here if you can no longer keep it.)

DO bring your pet to the Al-Van Humane Society if you have exhausted all other possibilities. Please feel free to ask us any questions, ideally before you bring the animal to us or while you are here.