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Relinquishing to the Manhattan Location

Free Pet Supplies

The Manhattan location has free pet supplies available to the public to help you keep your pet when you are facing tough times. Call the front desk at 785-587-2783 to inquire about free pet supplies.

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Behavior Support

The Sorensen Scholarship provides free training support for pets in the Manhattan area who may otherwise need to be relinquished into the shelter.

Apply to Relinquish a Pet


Complete an Application

Plan to spend 10-20 minutes completing the application


Application Review

Our staff will contact you via email or phone to let you know if your initial application was approved, and schedule an intake appointment.


Intake Appointment

This is the final step, if your pet passes the intake appointment it will be accepted into the adoption program.


Are There Any Fees?

  • Only residents of the City of Manhattan & the City of Wamego can surrender to our facility and they are not required to pay a fee to surrender a pet. However, your donations are necessary to continue funding our program and we encourage you to make a monetary gift at the time of surrender.

Are There Any Restrictions?

  • If your animal has bitten or broken skin in the last 10 days, it cannot be admitted until after the 10 days has expired. Additionally: pets with serious behavior issues may be denied admittance to the adoption program.

  • All dogs or cats must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds.

  • Senior pets are often not a good fit for Prairie Paws due to the noise and stress levels, and you may be referred to senior pet organizations.

  • Pets with serious medical issues should be first seen by a veterinarian.

Will Prairie Paws Come & Pick Up My Pet?

  • You must bring your pet to the shelter, we cannot pick up your pet, and you cannot have somebody else bring your pet for you.

What Do I Need To Bring With Me To My Intake Appointment?

  • A photo ID.

  • Your pet’s complete veterinary records.

  • Any medications that the animal is currently taking and any special food or treats that they will need.

  • If possible please write a short descriptive bio of your pet to help us find the right home.

Is there anything I can do to help Prairie Paws accept my pet?

  • Getting your pet spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations not only reduces the expense of our program but opens up more appointment times for us to accept pets

  • If your dog is over 6+ months you could have it tested for heartworm

  • Having your cat tested for feline leukemia and FIV is also very helpful to us

Will I be updated when my pet finds a new home?

  • Please know you will be surrendering all owner rights. Once you’ve surrendered an animal, you cannot obtain information about current owner status, etc. However you can check the adoptable pet listing on our website and when you see the pet no longer listed give us a call and we can update you.

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