Giving Up a Pet

All animals are welcome at our shelter regardless of age, health or behavior. It is best to call ahead to 269-637-5062 to ensure we have room to take in your pet or stray.  If we are at capacity we will provide you with other options to help including putting the animal on a waiting list, getting it into foster, or providing a list of other facilities which may have room.  There is no fee to surrender an animal although suggested donations are always appreciated.


We know that sometimes it's just not possible to keep a pet. But before making the decision to surrender a pet, please consider all of your options. Many problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. We can help! Go to our Spay/Neuter Programs page to learn about the many resources available. Reach out to friends and relatives who might be able to give the pet a loving home.

If you must surrender a pet, please follow the advice below. Al-Van Humane Society works hard to place all adoptable animals in new homes. Please bring in owner surrender animals during our office hours so that we can get a complete history.