Surrendering your pet to a local shelter should be the last resort in the rehoming process.  As many shelters are required to take in strays first, waitlists for owner surrenders can be long and the process stressful for your pet.

Please take the time to explore rehoming alternatives & ways to keep your pet through changes in lifestyle before surrendering your pet:

Surrendering to the SPCA Albrecht Center takes time through our owner surrender process because we are required to take in strays and provide space for them first.  However, we understand pet owners may be forced into a situation in which they need to surrender to a shelter.  The SPCA Albrecht Center is committed to educating and assisting local pet owners and are happy to council you and your family through this process if it is unavoidable.


  1. Pet owners must first schedule an animal evaluation with our Canine Behaviorist to asses whether your pet could thrive in a shelter.  Though we do not euthanize for space, there are situations in which a pet's physical or mental health could result in humane euthanasia.  We take these situations seriously, but sometimes, unfortunately, do have to euthanize for these situations.  When you sign your pet over to the SPCA Albrecht Center, you are stating that you understand that this may be the outcome, as decided upon by our team after thorough evaluation by our vet team and Canine Behaviorist.  The behavior evaluation helps ensure that your pet is both physically and mentally fit to spend time in the shelter.

  2. If your pet passes our evaluation process, you will be placed on a waitlist.  As stated above, space is given to strays first, and owner surrenders will be notified in order as space becomes available.  To help decrease your time on our waitlist, please ensure your pet is spayed or neutered and is up-to-date on vaccinations.  This cuts down on the time your pet will have to spend in the back before being placed on our adoption floor, thus moving them through the system quicker.  Please understand that our waitlist can be up to 6-8 weeks long depending on the time of year.  No exceptions can be made, as it is based on the space we have to adequately care for our animals.

  3. As space opens up, we will call you to surrender your pet.  Again, to help reduce any time your pet will have to be in the shelter, please make sure your pet's are spayed or neutered and still up-to-date on vaccinations.  Our Veterinary Care Center provides affordable, high-quality veterinary care and can assist you in preparing your pet for surrendering.   

  4. Bring your pet to the shelter to be surrendered.  To ensure a less-stressful transition, we welcome you to bring any bedding, blankets, toys or food to help your pet with their time in our care.  Please also bring copies of their up-to-date vet records.    


A 'surrender fee' will apply to help cover the costs of care. 

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your pet and we hope to be able to assist to the best of our ability.

Please call us at (803) 648-6863 for more information about our process,

or to schedule an evaluation (the first step in surrendering to our shelter).

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a

tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

EIN: 57-0329782

  199 Willow Run Road  Aiken, SC 29801      Shelter: (803) 648-6863    Vet Care: (803) 648-6864

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