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Pet Surrender


If you have found an animal in distress but are not the legal owner, legally, the first step is to contact animal control who has jurisdiction in your city or county.

If you are the legal owner of a pet but are unable to keep him or her, before you bring us the pet, please contact our Adoption Center at or 803-739-9333 to inquire about our intake procedure and to see if we have room. Limited space, limited funding, and a lack of equipment are some of the factors that effect our intake decisions.

PETSinc's foster program is limited to the pets who have gone through our intake and vetting procedure and have become our responsibility.

A donation to PETSinc is required to surrender a pet.

If possible, bathe the pet before you come. If you will need help, please let us know in advance. PETSinc is almost always understaffed, and it is sometimes difficult to find a volunteer available to groom an incoming pet.

We will have had a chance to get to know the dog or cat and will be better able to describe him to potential adopters who visit or call during the week. Often we arrange for interviews by appointment when we have someone who would be interested in seeing a specific pet. Additionally, we know what our adopting families are looking for and have waiting lists for specific breeds.

Veterinary records are very important. If the animal has not been to a veterinarian, please call before you come so we can make the necessary arrangements for vaccines, etc. Also, write a paragraph or two about the pet; likes, dislikes, and temperament. Write as much as you are able (good & bad) so we can be confident that we are representing him properly when we interview prospective adopters. The more information we have about the pet, the easier it will be to have him placed.

We accept pet surrenders on Monday and Thursday by appointment only. The process takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of animals you plan to enroll.

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