Surrender your Pet

Owner Surrender

We understand that it can be a very difficult decision to surrender a family pet. Normally the best home a pet can have is the one its already in. Often it's best to try to rehome your pet yourself as you may know the perfect person for your loved one.  

If you've come to the decision that you cannot keep your pet and are not able to rehome it yourself, please give us a call at 907-459-1451.  We can discuss potential options/alternatives to surrendering your pet to the shelter, at your request, or we can help you through the surrender process.

Please bring any veterinary records and/or proof of ownership with you when you deliver your animal to the shelter.  Animal Care Staff will immediately begin to look for a new home for the pet.  Completely filling out the behavior portion of the surrender form helps the staff find a good match and an appropriate home for your pets behavioral character.  

Remember to fill in your personal information and sign the form. Without a signature, a surrendered animal must be held as a stray, This will extend the animals time at the shelter and delay the adoption process.  

There is no charge to surrender your pet if you are a citizen of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  For non-borough residents there is a 30.00 dollar fee per animal.  

Protective Custody

22.16.030(A) In accordance with state law, Animal Control may accept an animal that has been seized by a peace officer and placed in protective custody in order to shelter, care for, and provide necessary medical attention. 

Euthanasia and Cremation


Animal Control is charged with the responsibility of enforcing Title 22.  For more information on surrendering your pet, please read 22.16.020