Surrender Information

Before you Surrender your Pet

We understand that sometimes it's just not possible to keep a pet, but before making the decision to give up your cat, please consider all of your options. When you surrender a pet to any shelter, the transition can be difficult. Shelters can be very stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal.

Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, please do these things:

Please also consider the following advice:

If you have exhausted all other avenues, and you still need to place your pet, you can call MetroWest Humane Society to discuss surrendering them to us. We are a no-kill shelter so our admissions are limited to available space and resources. We generally cannot take a surrender immediately. We accept cats from the greater MetroWest area on a case by case basis. Please call the shelter at (508) 875.3776 to speak with our shelter manager about your situation.

Necessary Documentation
If you choose to relinquish ownership of your pet, we will ask for the following:

MetroWest Humane Society requires that the petís actual owner relinquish custody of the animal. If you are bringing in an owned pet that is not yours, we require the animalís actual owner to sign the animal over to MetroWest Humane Society.

If your pet has any special food, supplies or toys, (no litterboxes) please bring those in at the time of surrender.

We do request an owner surrender fee to help offset the costs of caring for your animal. Our surrender fees vary and are contingent upon the medical history of your cat while in your care.

What Happens Next?
At our shelter, all animals receive necessary veterinary care, nutritious food, exercise and plenty of love and attention from our experienced staff and volunteers. Animals accepted into the shelter are up for adoption after a brief holding period to assess behavior and health. We may put some animals who are sick, underage, or who would benefit from behavioral intervention in foster care and return them to the adoption program at a later time. We do not euthanize an animal to create space, nor do we have any time limitations for adoption. We work hard to give second chances to every potentially adoptable animal.

MWHS Adoption Application

Download MWHS Surrender Profile Form (PDF 24 KB)

Adoption Hours

TUE & FRI 1:00- 4:00 PM
WED 6:30 - 8:00 PM
SAT & SUN 12:00 - 4:00 PM


30 Pond Street
Ashland , MA 01721
Phone:(508) 875.3776

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1068
Framingham, MA 01701

We are located on Rt 126 South (Pond St), across the street from the Market Basket Plaza.
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