Re-Homing/Surrendering Your Pet

Please consider every available alternative to admitting your pet to a shelter before you schedule an appointment for admission. This might include re-homing your pet to a friend, neighbor or family member who is interested in having a pet, or if your pet has a behavioral issue, working through that problem with our trainer Diann Andress.  Our pets are our lifetime responsibility, and we must do all that we can to ensure that they are happy, healthy, and loved.

Re-Home Your Pet

Find your pet a new home by completing the Re-Home Your Pet form.  All pets must have a picture submitted to show on the website.  Owners full name, phone number, address and email. In the description area Please write all of the wonderful things about your pet that will help to get them adopted!  We can all think of many things about their personalities that are adorable that we want the world to know.  This is the place to brag about your baby and help them find a home. 

Surrendering Your Pet

We will accept the surrender of owned cats and dogs by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 863-324-5227.

We schedule appointments Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.

Please understand that, as a no-kill humane society, the Humane Society of Polk County cannot accept every animal brought to our shelter immediately.  Animals who will not be accepted include those who are so viscious that we cannot safely handle or adopt, cats who test positive for feline Leuk/Aids or canines who test positive for heart worms.  

We encourage you to take stray animals to Polk County Animal Control so people only have to look one place for their missing pet.  
The Humane Society does take animals from Polk County Animal Control on animal hoarding cases.  We treat every animal's life as precious and will not resort to euthanasia to control the number of pets at our shelter.  The only time we send animals to Polk County Animal Control is when they have been dumped as strays at our facility!

When you bring your pets

When you bring your pets, please have:

  • All veterinary records
  • Your pet's medications
  • Special food or treats that your pet needs
  • Your pet's bed, toys, leash and other belongings from home to make their stay more comfortable.
  • Your pet's crate or carrier
  • Your surrender fee $25 per pet - 5 months and up.
  • $75 per litter of 3 to 6 pets.
  • Over 6 pets results in a fee of $20 per additional pet.
  • Other fees may apply. 


When you arrive

  • We will test your cat for feline AIDS and leukemia, or we will test your dog over 6 months of age for heartworms.  If positive we cannot accept your pet.
  • A staff member will evaluate the temperament of your pet and may reccomend some behavioral training before your pet can be accepted.
  • After we screen your pet, if we can accept him or her, we will collect your surrender fee.