Surrendering your pet is a very difficult decision to make, but we are here to support you. As the pet’s owner, you have the best chance of finding your pet a new home. If you do not know where to start, let us help you with these simple steps and tools that will connect you directly with people who are looking for a pet just like yours.

  1. Ask your network for help.
  2. Talk with your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Let them know that you need to find a new home for your pet to see if they or someone they know is looking to get a new pet.
  3. Share some cute photos of your pet on your social media channels and ask your friends and followers to share with their friends and followers.
  4. Ask your veterinarian if you can post signs in their clinic. This type of networking can have very positive results.
  5. Rehoming websites, which you should be able to locate via Google or another search engine. 
  6. Most people who want a new pet start out by doing their research online. Help them find you by listing your pet for adoption on one of these rehoming websites. They are free, easy-to-use and will get your pet’s profile in front of thousands of potential adopters in just a few minutes.
  7. Reach out to local no-kill rescue shelters.
  8. A quick internet search will pull up local shelters with intake programs. 
  9. Surrender your pet to Columbia Animal Services. Columbia Animal Services exists to help homeless and stray pets. You should consider surrendering your pet only after all other options have been exhausted. 

City of Columbia and Richland County pet owners who wish to surrender their pets should call us at (803) 776-PETS (7387) to schedule an appointment. Appointments are scheduled three weeks from the date of your request and there is no fee for surrendering your pet. If your pet is not safe enough to place in the community (example: displaying aggression) or your pet will likely have a poor quality of life due to untreatable/unmanageable medical illnesses/injuries, we may recommend humane euthanasia rather than surrendering your pet for adoption. There is no guarantee as to the disposition of any animal that is brought in.


Columbia Animal Services
127 Humane Lane

Columbia, SC 29209
Victoria Riles, Superintendent
(803) 776-PETS (7387) 

[email protected]