Relinquishing Your Pet

Due to recent outbreaks of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in Colorado, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley must quarantine domestic rabbits with outdoor exposure for two weeks. If you are considering re-homing a rabbit to HSBV, please keep and confine rabbits in your home, or an indoor space, for a two week period before bringing them to HSBV. If you have questions, please call us at 303-442-3040 x657.

If you are surrendering a pet, we highly encourage making an appointment. Relinquishment services are also available by walk-in.

  • Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday + Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Walk-ins are accepted Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday + Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

You may experience a longer visit if we are currently assisting a client who has made an appointment.

If you have found a stray animal and wish to bring them to HSBV, or need to reclaim an animal, please call us at 303-442-4030 x657.

Before you relinquish…

Learn about our Safety Net Services

At the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, we understand that at times people are no longer able to care for their pets due to living situations, allergies or other reasons. HSBV offers Safety Net services to prevent relinquishment when possible. If you are experiencing a housing crisis, displacement or hospitalization, or other situation that temporarily impacts your ability to care for your pet, our team may be able to help! To learn more about our relinquishment prevention options, please visit this page. 

About relinquishing…

There are times when the human/animal bond breaks or circumstances change and a guardian must relinquish a pet. Please carefully consider the following if you are thinking about giving up an animal:

A health examination, behavior assessment, and/or history review will determine if your pet is suited for our adoption program. To offset the cost of this evaluation and the pet care we provide each animal, a fee is requested when you relinquish your pet.

You will be offered the option of receiving notification by a member of our team if your relinquished animal is determined not to be an adoption candidate at our facility. If you choose this option, you will be able to reclaim the animal within 24 hours of notification by the Society. Please carefully review the release statement if you are considering this option.

Some animals may need medical or behavior help, but would otherwise make a good companion animal. These animals may receive medical treatment and/or behavior management as determined by staff assessment.

Currently, the Society has a live release rate of 94% –  of the animals coming into the shelter more than 9 out of 10 animals are adopted, reunited with their guardian or placed through a rescue group. Less than 6% of the animals are euthanized because of medical or behavior problems we do not have the resources to treat.

Animals can be relinquished during normal business hours; please use the Client Service Entrance.

Relinquishment fee:
$65 per animal for pets residing in Boulder and Broomfield County
$80 per animal for pets residing in Longmont, or any other area outside of Boulder or Broomfield County within Colorado
$150 per animal for pets found or residing outside the state of Colorado

$30 per small animal (rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, small birds, etc)

What if I need to return a pet I adopted from HSBV’s Adoption Center?

Our adoptions are Satisfaction Guaranteed! While there is a person for every animal, we know not every animal is for every person. If you adopt an animal from HSBV and discover you are not compatible due to behavior concerns or medical issues, you may return your pet at any time and your adoption fee will be refunded.

Surrender Forms

HSBV provides forms for your use as you organize your pet’s relinquishment.  We encourage you to be as detailed and clear as possible as all information will be used during assessment and then passed along to your pet’s adoptive family.

Copies of pet medical records, including vaccination history, are critical in providing care for your pet.  We encourage you to contact your veterinarian prior to relinquishment to request a medical history report that you can share with us at the time of relinquishment.

You will be required to sign a document that releases guardianship of the animal from you to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

While all forms are available at time of surrender, we encourage you to fill out the surrender form before visiting our facility so that you may be as detailed as possible about your pet’s history.  Click on the appropriate form link below to open, print, and bring your completed your materials to your appointment, or fill out digitally and email to our team at prior to your relinquishment appointment.

Step 1.

Please compete the following Animal Release Form

Step 2.

Please complete the following Dog Surrender Profile form.

Step 3.

For dogs who experience separation anxiety and/or dog reactivity, please complete the following applicable forms.

Separation Anxiety

Dog-Dog Interactions

Step 1.

Please compete the following Animal Release Form

Step 2.

Please complete the following Cat Surrender Profile form.

Step 3.

If your cat also has litterbox issues, please complete this form.

Feline Litterbox Misuse

Step 1.

Please compete the following Animal Release Form

Step 2.

Please complete one of the following Small Animal Profile forms.




Other Small Animal

Please let the staff know if your animal has bitten anyone in the last ten days. Animals must be held ten days from the date of the bite for rabies observation if he or she broke the skin.

Completed relinquishment profiles may be submitted via email to prior to your relinquishment appointment.