Relinquishing to the Ottawa KS Location
Despite widespread myths, rehoming your pet privately is not irresponsible, and is actually the recommended approach by animal welfare professionals. You can provide the new pet owner with accurate information about your pet, and stay in touch with their new family if you want to. It might surprise you to know that animal shelters do not do in-depth background checks on adopters, and rehoming fees to do not guarantee a good home.
Free Pet Supplies
Hope House has free pet supplies available to any pet owners that are facing financial hardship. In many cases this is all a struggling pet owner needs to keep their pet.
Apply to Relinquish a Pet
Our staff will contact you via email or phone to let you know if your initial application was approved, and schedule an 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 Franklin County 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 Age or Size Restrictions?
All dogs or cats must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds.
Dogs over 80 pounds that are not spayed/neutered may be denied or incur additional fees (this is because of the significant expense for our facility to spay/neuter very large dogs).
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.
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.
What if my animal has bitten someone?
If your animal has bitten or broken skin in the last 10 days, it cannot enter our facility, please contact your local animal control agency. In Ottawa, KS animal control’s phone number is: 785-242-2561 Ext 445
It is uncommon that Prairie Paws would accept a pet with a bite history into the adoption program and you should seek out a facility with a very robust behavior program.
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.