Rehome Your Pet

At the Cedar Valley Humane Society we strive to find the appropriate placement for healthy and treatable animals in our care. We are also committed to helping pet owners keep their pets with their families whenever possible. We understand that sometimes that is not an option and the decision to surrender is not an easy one, so we aim to make this process seamless.

Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet

Surrendering your pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. The Cedar Valley Humane Society may be able to help you keep your pet at home. Please review the following resources before surrendering your pet.

I can't afford to care for my pet anymore

My dog has behavior issues

My cat has behavior issues

I'm unable to find to find pet friendly housing

I found a litter of kittens 


After exploring all available options, you may decide that surrendering your pet is the best or only remaining option. If so, please follow the steps below.

Make an Appointment to Surrender Your Pet

  1. Schedule appointment. Call 319.362.6288 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet. Appointments can be made from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

  2. Complete an intake form. Please fill out these forms prior to your appointment. This information allows us to have as much information about your pet as possible.


  3. At the appointment. When arriving for your appointment please check in with the front desk prior to bringing your animal into the building. Intake staff will assist with collecting all information pertaining to your pet, we ask that all Veterinary and vaccination records are brought in at the time of the appointment. Please keep dogs on a leash and cats are in a carrier.

  4. Final Steps. Once we have gathered information about your pet and the animal evaluation has been completed, we will discuss the next steps.

Surrender Fees

While the needs of each animal in our care differ, it costs an average of more than $400 to care for one animal until he/she finds a forever home. While our surrender fees likely won’t cover the full cost of care for your pet, they will help provide us the necessary resources to keep your pet safe and healthy while we search for a new, loving family.

Cedar Rapids or Marion – $100

Unincorporated Linn County – $50

Unincorporated Benton County – $50

Contracted municipalities in Linn, Johnson, and Benton Counties – $50

Outside of contracted areas - $100

Cedar Valley Humane Society

7411 Mt Vernon Rd, SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


Shelter Hours

Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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