I Want to Surrender My Pet
If you feel you can no longer care for your pet and must surrender him/her to the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter (TPAS), you must be a Terrebonne Parish resident with a valid ID and make an appointment with TPAS.
Before surrendering your pet, we strongly recommend having a veterinarian give vaccines (particularly distemper/parvo and bordetella) to help
protect your pet’s immune system, as your pet will be stressed and exposed to other animals with unknown medical histories in the shelter environment.
Before you make an appointment, please review the surrender alternatives below to see if there is chance you can keep your pet.
Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet to Shelter
Many pet owners face challenging situations where they feel surrendering their pet to a shelter is their only option, but there may be alternative options that would allow you to keep your pet or find it a new home.
Find a New Home for Your Pet
As the pet’s owner, you have the best chance of finding your pet a new home. By making a determined effort and not surrendering to our shelter,
you’ll also be creating a future for another animal by leaving a spot open at our shelter.
Home To Home™
Behavioral Issues, Reasons, and Resources
Listed below are common reasons people surrender pets and how to get help.
My pet has behavior issues that I don’t know how to deal with.
Let's face it, even experienced dog owners sometimes need the help of a professional. Here are some local dog trainers that may be able to help:
Local dog trainers for behavioral issues:
Local pet stores that offer basic obedience classes:
Common Dog Behavior Issues
Common Cat Behavior Issues
I’m moving and can’t take my pet.
There are many pet-friendly housing options for you and your pet in our area. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time when you know
you’ll be moving to check around for pet policies that will allow your pet.
My pet is injured/sick and I don’t know where to take them.
TPAS does not provide veterinary services to pets; however, there are many veterinarians in our area. There are also several emergency vets who see sick/injured pets after hours and on weekends and holidays.
Our local emergency veterinary offices include:
I can’t afford to take my pet to the vet.
CareCredit – The CareCredit healthcare credit card helps to manage veterinary expenses, everything from routine exams to unforeseen emergencies. It is subject to credit approval, the amount of credit extended depends on your credit rating, and you must make sure the veterinarian you’re using accepts CareCredit.
My pet needs to be neutered/spayed but I can't afford it.
TPAS offers low-cost spay/neuter through our partners at the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans. For more information or to fill out an Admission form, visit our Spay/Neuter webpage.
I'm going through financial tough times right now, and I can't buy food/supplies for my pet.
TPAS may be able to assist with you in a time of need with our Pet Pantry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (985) 873-6709 to request assistance.
For more information and/or to make your owner surrender appointment, please call (985) 873-6709.
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