Surrender a Pet - Panhandle Animal Shelter

Surrender a Pet

Surrendering a Pet
If you have time before you need to surrender your pet, click here to learn how you can avoid a shelter stay through Home to Home. 

Panhandle Animal Shelter helps thousands of dogs and cats find loving homes each year.

We will accept every dog within Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai County regardless of its health, age, breed, or behavior.

Due to our large cat population, we have a managed approach to cat intake. This ensures the health of cats currently in our care and of your cat once brought in to the shelter. At times, we may operate off a waitlist in order to effectively help everyone in need. If at any time you are placed on our waitlist, we are happy to supply you with food, litter, other supplies or medical care during this short waiting period.

Community or free-roaming cats are accepted under our TNR Community Cat program where they are spayed or neutered, ear tipped and then returned to their homes where they can live a stress-free life eliminating additional litters of free-roaming cats.

Last year, 99 percent of the animals in our care were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other animal welfare organizations.

We understand that parting ways with an animal can be especially difficult and we’re committed to working with you to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.

Things you will need at the time of surrender:

A driver’s license or another government issued ID. In order for us to accept your pet as a surrender, you will need to provide a valid form of identification at the time of drop off. This allows us to evaluate your pet and move them on to the adoption floor without any holding period. If you cannot provide a valid form of ID, PAS will process your pet as a stray animal. Each stray animal that PAS receives is held for 5 business days. The day the animal comes into the shelter, weekends and holidays do not count towards the stray hold period. PAS will then follow the intake procedure for a stray animal.

Your pet’s surrender form. We would like to encourage you to print out the Owner Surrender Questionnaire form and fill it out in the comfort of your home. This information gives us valuable insight into your pet’s behavior, likes, dislikes and what would be a favorable future home and family. We understand this can be an emotional time. By filling this form out at home, it gives you thoughtful and uninterrupted time that is free from the distractions you may encounter at the shelter. This form can also be provided at the time of drop off. If you are unable to complete this process prior to coming in, please do not worry.

Your pet’s veterinary records. If your pet has any veterinary history, a hard copy of your pet’s medical records is greatly appreciated. You may also provide us with your primary veterinarian’s name and phone number where we can call for a transfer of records.

Your pet’s surrender fee. The cost to care for and rehome pets can cost hundreds of dollars for each animal. We ask for a small surrender fee to help subsidize this cost.

Canine Owner Surrender Questionnaire – Surrender Fee $45.00

Feline Owner Surrender Questionnaire  – Surrender Fee $25.00

Litter of Puppies – $65.00 (two or more)

Litter of Kittens – $45.00 (two or more) 

Stray Animals

Found a stray animal?
Here’s how to help them find their way home.

  • Check for identification
  • Tell the community about your lost pet
  • Post information on our Lost and Found Directory
  • Search our Lost and Found Directory
  • Post and search other online resources:
    • Facebook, Bonner County Critter Finders
    • Local Lost and Found pet sites
    • Local yard sale sites
    • Craigslist
  • Post fliers around your neighborhood.
  • Tell your family and friends.
  • Talk to your neighbors and any neighborhood businesses.
  • Bring the animal to PAS

When you arrive, we’ll scan the animal for a microchip. If the animal is microchipped or has a collar with ID on we’ll attempt to get in contact with the owner. Stray animals are held for 5 business days to provide owners time to locate their lost pet. The day the animal comes into the shelter, weekends and holidays do not count towards the stray hold period. The animal is posted on to our Facebook page and an ad is placed in the Bonner County Daily Bee newspaper. If an owner doesn’t come forward and the animal is a candidate for adoption, the animal will be placed on the adoption floor.

Feral, community or free-roaming cats that do not tolerate human contact would not be appropriate or happy in a home environment and will be recommended for our TNR Community Cat program.

Stray Cats

A stray cat that is healthy and friendly likely belongs to someone in your neighborhood. Cats have a far better chance of reuniting with their owner when they’re left in the area in which they’re found. Less than one percent of stray cats brought into shelters are reclaimed by their owners. For this reason, we encourage you to leave healthy and friendly cats where you discovered them.

Before bringing in a stray cat, please call us at (208) 265-7297 ext. 100 to ensure we aren’t operating off of a cat waitlist.

Upon intake of a stray cat, we’ll scan it for a microchip. If the cat is microchipped or has a collar on we’ll attempt to get in contact with the owner. Stray cats who come in with identification (microchip or collar) will be held for 5 business days to provide owners time to locate their pet. The day the animal comes into the shelter, weekends and holidays do not count towards the stray hold period. The animal is posted on to our Facebook page and an ad is placed in the Bonner County Daily Bee newspaper. If an owner doesn’t come forward and the animal is a candidate for adoption, the animal will be placed on the adoption floor.

If the cat does not have any identification and is a candidate for adoption, the animal will be placed on the adoption floor with no hold period.