Finding A Local Shelter – If your only choice is giving up your pet to a shelter, here are some local resources that may be able to offer assistance.

  • No Kill Networks – Consult, or CARE for a list of no-kill shelters in your area.

  • Adopt-a-Pet Self Rehome Option & Resources — Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress-free both for you and your pet. Experts at have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another. Visit

  • Other Resources, including other Local Shelters — You can find other local rescues, along with animal control facilities and some breed/species specific rescues on our WCHS Contact Resources document.

Surrendering Your Pet to Will County Humane Society

Founded with the No Kill mission at heart, we are committed to each and every pet in our care.  And we are committed to our pets for their entire lives.  If anything should happen where their adopters can no longer care for them, we ask that they are returned to us.

PLEASE NOTE: Owner surrenders are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Surrender Fee

We ask that families giving up their pets provide a Surrender Fee to help cover the cost of caring for, treating and finding a quality home for your pet.  Surrender Fees are:

– $100 per dog

-$50 per cat

Each pet we save costs an average of $500 over our adoption fee per year in vet costs, food, and shelter. Surrender Fees only cover a small part of the cost of taking in your pet.

Please understand that completing this form does not guarantee we are able to accept any pet. We are also unable to keep a waiting list, as the demand for owner surrender is at an all-time high.

Surrender Form

Please submit this application along with your pets medical records.

Once your application is submitted, management will contact you once intake space becomes available.

You will be required to schedule a meeting with management to review your pet’s medical history and evaluate their behavior. If approved, a surrender fee will be taken upon intake.

Owners Personal Information

Pet Information

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Friend, Shelter, Pet Store, etc.

Vet Information

REMINDER: A complete set of vet records is required to be submitted with this form.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 20 files.