Please read this information in it's entirety, so that you can give our facility the very best opportunity to help your pet. Below are the steps we ask that you take:


Research other solutions first. Many minor behavioral problems can be corrected quickly and inexpensively by asking the right person. Spaying and neutering can reduce destructive/aggressive behaviors as well as running at large. If your income is insufficient to care for a pet you can seek assistance through various local charitable entities.

Try to re-home the pet yourself. Social media is a wonderful thing! The perfect home for your pet may be right in front of you.
        ​For Sale - Clay County (Facebook Page)
        Lost/Found Pets Clay Center (Facebook Page)
        Lost/Found Pets Clay Center (Facebook Group)


Call Ahead. It is a big help if you can call ahead when planning on surrendering a pet. In many cases, your pet may require vaccinations and/or spay neuter surgery prior to adoption and our facility does not have a veterinarian on-staff. You can reduce the time your pet spends in one of our kennels if you call ahead and learn the best day and time to surrender. View our "Contact Us" page to see our hours of operation and contact information.

Honesty is the best policy. Claiming your pet is "a stray that you found" rather than admitting you can no longer keep it is never the answer. Keeping our doors open depends on our community being truthful. If we receive your pet as a stray, it will be kept for 3 business days waiting for someone to claim it, before being prepared for adoption. Not only will your pet experience stress during this time, it will be occupying valuable space for animals that are available for adoption.

Once you have disclosed you are the owner of the pet, you can also provide us with important details about your pet that will help it find the right home. If your pet is a spayed female, you can notify us, preventing your pet from undergoing unnecessary additional surgeries. For these reasons, it is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended for the purposes of having it impounded as a stray.

Fees. The fee to surrender your dog is $50 for a Clay County resident with dog current on all applicable vaccinations. For all other surrenders, the fee is $75 and is subject to our discretion based on the situation. CCARE may spend up to $400 preparing your pet for adoption. We try to keep your fee low to discourage the dumping of owned animals.

Follow up discussion. It is common for pet owners to request follow-up phone calls. Please understand that due to the number of intakes and our staff of one, this is not possible. Your pet will be listed on the adoptable animals page of our website until it leaves the facility. Once you see that it has left, you are more than welcome to contact us to learn the outcome.

Euthanasia is unlikely, but possible. Since our shelter is privately run and a "low-kill" facility, we strive to find homes for every adoptable dog. However, this does not guarantee a live outcome for every animal that enters the system. CCARE has developed guidelines to provide live outcomes for our dogs, and does not euthanize animals due to space or length of stay. There must be a severe medical condition and/or severe behavioral problems for an animal to be euthanized.