Surrendering an Animal

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At South East Animal Rescue, our goal is to see pets remain in their homes as cherished family members.

Please remember, you made a commitment to your pet when you took it into your home. Your pet has provided you with a gift of love and although sometimes there are circumstances beyond our control, you owe it to your pet to do all that you can to ensure that they are happy and healthy and remain part of your life.

Before making the decision to surrender a pet, please consider all of your options. We often see pets surrendered to rescues for behavioural problems. Many problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. It is worth remembering that if the behaviour has only started recently there may be something physically wrong with your pet. Please contact your Veterinary Surgeon for a full physical assessment of your pet. If there is nothing physically wrong with your pet, please contact a Dog Trainer for professional training advice. 


Remember that if you are moving abroad you may be able to take your pet with you. Please see for more information.

We do understand that sometimes life gets rough and we have to make difficult decisions. In some cases, that means giving up a beloved pet.


If you have adopted a pet from South East Animal Rescue that you can no longer look after, we will take it back into our care. You will need to complete a surrender form click here.


If you must give up a pet, please follow the advice below:

DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment that you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.

DON’T give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be neglected, abused, used for breeding, or used as bait to train fighting dogs. Your pet could end up having to endure endless suffering or a horrific death.

DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend, one who you are confident will love and care for your pet properly and will keep you informed of its welfare. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home. Shelters receive many pets from people who knew the previous owners and wanted to help them by taking in a pet, but who did so without realising the efforts involved in keeping the animal.


If you have tried all other options and have decided to surrender your pet, we are here to help. We may not have the space immediately to accept surrenders but please submit a surrender form click here and we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss. 


Please note that we do require you to neuter/spay your pet prior to surrendering it and to ensure that its vaccinations and worm and flea treatments are up to date. Alternatively, we require a minimum donation of €50 to be made towards the costs of all vaccinations, micro-chipping, worm and flea treatments and neutering/spaying.