Surrender & Rehoming Pets

IMPORTANT: Scheduling an appointment to surrender your pet helps OAHS better serve you and your pet. Please call our Care Giving Department at 920.424.2128 to discuss your situation and other possible, available options.


Surrendering Your Pet to OAHS

Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) understands there are sometimes circumstances preventing you from keeping your pet. OAHS is here to help you; whether it means surrendering your pet to us, offering advice, or referring you to resources outside of our organization. Our staff can help you explore available options that may help you keep your pet in your home, instead of surrendering them. We are here for you as a resource during this difficult decision. Please call our Care Giving Department at 920.424.2128.

When you call, a member of the Caregiving Department will help you determine the best way OAHS can help you and your pet. They will also go over what you need to bring with your pet. Information about surrender fees will be discussed over the phone. Fees vary, depending on the type of pet you have and where you live. Appointments are required to allow our staff adequate time to gain information about your pet that will help us find a new home for them, as well as ensuring OAHS has adequate space for housing. The surrender fees asked for only cover a small fraction of cost of care provided for your pet during their stay at OAHS. We do accept additional donations at the time of surrender, and greatly appreciate all donations.

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is a lifesaving shelter, which means animals are not euthanized based on length of stay or space constraints. Euthanasia is considered a last resort and is only considered due to severe medical or behavioral challenges, and after all other alternatives are explored. Animals at OAHS receive full medical and behavioral assessments before being placed for adoption, so you can be sure your pet will be well cared for while at OAHS.


Alternatives to Surrendering

Rehoming Resources

OAHS hosts a rehoming page on our website where you can post your pet for adoption. Nobody knows your pet better than you! You can provide the best description of their personality and pictures of them in a home setting. Additionally, you would be most knowledgeable when talking to a potential new owner about whether the animal would be a good fit for them. Rehoming your pet this way allows them to stay at home in comfortable surroundings while you select the home that you think will be the best for them. This also leaves one more opening at OAHS for those animals without someone to advocate for them.

OAHS Rehome Your Pet Form

Rehoming suggestions by the Humane Society of the United States
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/need-find-your-pet-new-home