Surrendering a Pet

As a life-saving shelter, Angels of Assisi cannot accept every animal brought to our shelter. We utilize every tool at our disposal, and will not resort to euthanasia to control the number of pets at our Adoption Center. Therefore, we will accept the surrender of owned cats and dogs by appointment only, as space allows.

We understand that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet, but before making the decision to give up your pet, please consider all of your options. When you surrender a pet to any shelter, the transition can be difficult. Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal.

Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, please do these things:

  • Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems.
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
  • Re-home your pet to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that he is going to a good new home.

You have a number of choices, and just one of them is surrendering your pet to Angels of Assisi. If you have exhausted alternatives to relinquishment, here is how our admissions process works.


Angels of Assisi will accept the surrender of owned cats and dogs by appointment only. If we have space available in our shelter, we will schedule you an appointment. If there is not space available, you will be placed on our waiting list and will receive an email when space becomes available. This could take between 1 week to several months depending upon the type of animal and the time of year. We suggest using every method possible to rehome your pet on your own. Adopt-a-pet’s Rehome program is an excellent resource for marketing and processing potential homes. Please let us know if you no longer need to surrender your pet to us so we can remove you from the list.

We currently have no space available and are working off of the waiting list.
To be placed on the list:

    1. Click here to for more information on the admissions process.
    2. Place your pet on Adopt-a-Pet’s Rehome service.

Angels of Assisi does not accept stray animals from the public. Guardians who have lost their pets need a central location to find them, and that is the local municipal agency (pound). Under state law, stray animals must be held for a mandatory stray period in order to provide guardians adequate time to locate their lost pets. Angels of Assisi must fully utilize all available shelter space to save as many lives as possible. This is best achieved by allowing animal control agencies to perform the function of impounding stray pets as is required of them by law. If you have found a stray pet, please contact the animal control for your locality, contact information is provided below.


Each day Angels of Assisi staff assess the amount of space available in the shelter as animals find homes through the Adoption center. Based on the number of adoptions and available cages and kennels, a staff member will email you based upon your order on the waiting list to schedule appointments for the week. Appointments are scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Each appointment should take approximately 30 minutes.


  • Your cat will be tested for FIV and leukemia, or your dog over 6 months of age will be tested for heartworms.
  • A staff member will evaluate the temperament of your pet.
  • Once your pet has been screened, and Angels of Assisi decides to accept your pet, you will legally sign your pet over to Angels of Assisi
  • An appointment for screening does not guarantee that Angels of Assisi will accept your pet.

If you opt not to wait for space to become available at Angels of Assisi, you may want to consider other options.

1. Find a new home for the pet yourself with friends, neighbors, family or co-workers.

2. Place your pet temporarily with friends, family or possibly a boarding facility until space becomes available at Angels of Assisi.

3. Surrender your pet to your county or city animal control. Agencies may vary, so please ask them about their policies surrounding adoption and euthanasia of owned pets. A shelter should be your last resort.


Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection:344-4922
Roanoke City Animal Control:853-1690
Roanoke County Animal Control:562-3265
Botetourt County Animal Control:473-8230
Vinton Animal Control:562-3265
Salem Animal Control:375-3038