Surrender your pet

Life does not always go to plan and making the decision to surrender your pet can be extremely difficult. However in extreme circumstances this is often the best option for them. There are many reasons why a pet needs to be surrendered but the important thing is that they are adopted into another loving home.

Finding another home for an animal through an organisation is not as easy as rehoming them through a personal network and we highly recommend that you first reach out to people you know including friends and family. In addition try other, larger organisations who have more room, such as the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home or the Cat Protection Society as they will probably be able to help you sooner than we can.

SAFE is a small charity and we can only take a very limited number of surrenders. It is especially difficult to take in dogs at this stage as we have no premises to keep them in and a severe lack of foster carers to take them. If you want to surrender due to a behavioural issue our qualified behaviourists can offer advice to help you to keep your pet at home.

If we have the capacity/space to take your animal we guarantee we will make the process as easy as possible to reduce stress for you both. We we will treat each and every animal as if they were our own so you can rest assured that your beloved pet will be in good hands.

Please bear in mind however, that there are many people who want to surrender their animals and often the best we can do is put you on a waiting list. In this case we will not be able to give you a time-frame for surrender as this depends on many variables.

If we have helped you in any way we would appreciate some recognition through a donation to help other animals.


Dogs – Due to a severe lack of dog foster carers, at this stage we can only wait list dogs needing surrender. We will not be able to give you any idea if we will be able to take your dog and chances are a larger organisation will be able to help you sooner than we will. We recommend reaching out to friends and family as well as trying other organisations, such as Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. If undesirable behaviour is the reason you want to surrender your dog we are happy to provide behavioural advice to keep the dog with you.

For more information or if you need to surrender your pet please click here to enquire.

Behaviour and training

SAFE has two experienced, qualified behaviourists who can help you with any pet issues. For $60 they will visit your home & spend an hour or so observing your pet’s behaviour and discussing the problem with you. They will put together a behaviour modification programme for you to work through and follow up to check on your progress, answering any questions and if necessary suggesting modifications. This once only visit and follow-up should be sufficient to solve your issues, however in the rare case that a follow up home visit is required the cost will be a further $70.

If you work all day and this is thought to be part of the behavioural issue we can provide a dog walking service.

For more information please contact us.