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 Surrendering Animals
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Thinking about surrendering your pet? Once you have exhausted all possibilities to keep your pet, please attempt to rehome the pet through friends, family, and social media. The Lake County Animal Shelter should be your last resort. Because LCAS is a no-kill shelter, animals are not euthanized for time or space. This means that the shelter is often near, at, or above capacity. Owned pets are only accepted as space and resources allow.

How to surrender your pet:
  • LCAS only accepts pets from Lake County residents. Proper ID/proof of residency is required. If you previously adopted your pet from an organization other than The Lake County Animal Shelter, you will need to contact the adopting organization.
  • Owned pet intake is by appointment only, and dogs and kittens may require two appointments.
  • DOGS:
    • At the first appointment, shelter staff will perform a brief adoptablility assessment to ensure the dog will be eligible for the adoption program. Staff will vaccinate the dog for distemper, parvo, and bordatella. This is to protect your pet and all the pets currently in the shelter’s care. Two weeks later, when the dog is surrendered by its owner, staff will administer a second booster shot, as well as deworming, flea prevention and the pet will be scheduled for sterilization (if necessary).
  • KITTENS:
    • At the first appointment, shelter staff will perform a brief adoptablility assessment to ensure the kittens will be eligible for the adoption program. Kittens must be over two pounds and friendly in order to be adopted. The kitten will receive an FVRCP vaccine and deworming. This is to protect your pet and all the pets currently in the shelter’s care. Two weeks later, when the kitten is surrendered by its owner, staff will administer a booster shot, as well as deworming, flea prevention, and the pet will be scheduled for sterilization (if necessary).
  • What will I need?
    • Valid photo identification
    • Proof of Lake County residency
    • Veterinary records or any other information about the animal
    • There is a $40 impound fee for every animal that enters the shelter. You may speak with management if you are experiencing financial hardship.
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