Surrendering an Animal to DHA

We do our best to accommodate the dozens of daily requests we receive to admit stray, abandoned, or owned animals. However, since we are a no-kill organization that does not euthanize to make room for more animals, we are constantly balancing the needs of our current residents with the welfare of animals seeking admission. In an effort to help the most animals in the fairest way possible, our intake procedures are based on a behavioral and health assessment of candidates for admission.

To protect our current residents, animals that are spayed/neutered and free of major health problems will have a better chance of being admitted to DHA. If possible, please make sure that all vaccinations and screening tests are up to date, and provide written documentation of all medical history procedures, including proof of spay/neuter.

Animal Surrender Donations

Every animal that DHA intakes is provided with a basic standard of care to prepare them for adoption.The costs can add up to a significant amount for DHA, and our adoption fees help us recover only a portion of these expenses. For more information read our Adoption Fee Fact Sheet.

Animals requiring vaccinations will need to be assessed by our staff veterinarian. If tests and/or vaccinations are needed, our staff will administer these treatments at the following cost:

FeLV/FIV (Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS) Test (cats/kittens only) $25
Heartworm Test (dogs/puppies only) $25
FVR-CP (Feline Distemper) Vaccination $15
DHP-PV (Canine Distemper) Vaccination $15
Rabies Vaccination $15
Bordetella (kennel cough) Vaccination $15

If you are unable to give a donation to help pay for vaccinations and/or testing, please consider a smaller monetary donation or items such as laundry detergent, bleach, blankets, towels, paper towels, etc.

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Scheduling an Assessment

To have one or more animals admitted to DHA, please call our Client Services staff at (302) 571-0111 to schedule an assessment. We are NOT able to take walk-in animal surrenders. Assessments are performed on select week days from 11 am to 3:30 pm. We cannot guarantee in advance that we will be able to accept any animal.

Home to Home pet adoption connects pet owners who need to give up a pet directly with pet adopters.


Lost & Found Animals/Animal Control

DHA does not have any animal control contracts, so we do not have legal authority to do any kind of animal control or investigation of animal abuse. We also do not have the staffing or resources for this type of activity. Please click here for information about what to do if you are a Delaware resident who wants to report or get assistance with:

  • Found pets
  • Stray dogs/dogs at large or dangerous/vicious dogs
  • Animal abuse, neglect, fighting, abandonment
  • Concerns about animal housing/general care
  • A person or animal who has been bitten or scratched by an animal, including vicious dogs

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