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Surrender your pet

*We are currently operating from a waitlist for both dog and cat intake* We are at capacity and adoptions have slowed down considerably so unfortunately our intake is very limited.

Finding a home for a pet you own through an rescue organisation is hard as rescues run purely on donations and have very limited resources to help. The people who run them are mostly volunteers and do the best they can but the demand is too great to be met. It is much easier for you to rehome your pet through your personal network and we highly recommend that you 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 or the NSW Animal Welfare League as they have more funds and 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. Please bear in mind 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 the hope that space will open up and your turn will come. We will not be able to guarantee that we can take your pet, especially if given a tight time-frame. In the event that we have the capacity/space to take your pet we guarantee we will make the process as easy as possible to reduce stress for you both. We treat each and every one as if they were our own so you can rest assured that your beloved pet will be in good hands.

We know that life doesn’t always go to plan and making the decision to surrender your pet can be extremely difficult and in extreme circumstances this is often the best option. There are many reasons why a pet needs to be surrendered but the important thing is that they are adopted into another loving home. As we are a charity, if you hand over responsibility to us we charge a surrender fee which contributes to the care of your pet until adopted. Please see the relevant enquiry form for details.

Our ability to take dogs into care is determined by the number of suitable foster homes we have available and finding them is a constant challenge.

Dog Surrender Enquiry Form – please download, complete and return as a scan/photo/attachment to and we will contact you.

Cat Surrender Enquiry Form – please download, complete and return as a scan/photo/attachment to and we will contact you.

If you find a healthy looking cat in the street it is probably owned by someone nearby or being fed by your community. If you see cruelty to animals please say something to your council. We can all do our best to contribute to the solution of urban strays by arranging to have all cats desexed. You may be able to access low cost desexing in your area and you may be able to help feed the urban strays in your community. Check out The National Desexing Network Don’t just hand the problem to a rescue – if you care be part of the solution!