Surrendering a Pet to the Shelter

When you release your pet to the Everett Animal Shelter, the animal becomes the property of the City of Everett. You do not need an appointment to bring in your pet, but the owner needs to be present or have written permission authorizing the pet's release. You will also need to bring a driver's license or other identification. 

We will ask you to complete a written pet profile when you arrive. This provides us with information about the animal's health and behavior to find the most appropriate placement. The intake process generally takes 20-30 minutes; please plan accordingly.
All healthy and behaviorally sound animals will either be placed out for adoption at our shelter or transferred to another rescue organization to help find its new forever family. We do not have time or space limits, but we cannot make any guarantees that we can place an animal. Please also be aware that the Everett Municipal Code prohibits us from adopting out pit bulls or mixes. If you are trying to find a home for a bully breed dog, we strongly suggest you choose other options.

We are currently unable to accept small animals
Our Critter Room is at capacity! We do not have space for rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils, or chinchillas. 

Surrender fees for dogs and cats

The Everett Animal Shelter accepts cash, Visa or MasterCard. We are unable to accept checks.
  • There is a $45 per animal surrender fee for residents of the City of Everett; and $25 for Unincorporated Snohomish County to surrender an animal to our shelter. 
  • The surrender fee for all other areas is $185 per animal.