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, 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 91 percent; 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. Nine percent of the animals are euthanized because of medical or behavior problems that we do not have the resources to treat.
Animals can be relinquished during normal business hours; use the Client Service Entrance.
$40 per animal for Boulder and Broomfield County residents
$60 per animal if you live in Longmont, CO or any other area outside of Boulder or Broomfield County
$100 per animal if you live outside the state of Colorado
What if I need to return my pet?
Our adoptions are Satisfaction Guaranteed! While there is a person for every animal, we know that not every animal is for every person. If you adopt an animal from HSBV and discover that 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.