The Last Resort - Surrendering Your Pet to a Shelter

Giving up a pet is a very difficult decision to make, but we are here to support you. The process may take a little bit of time to ensure you find a loving home that is a good fit for your pet. Many shelters/rescues are operating at or near capacity, so you may need to contact those not in your immediate area. There are shelters/rescues that specialize in specific ages, breeds, behaviors, and medical conditions. Click here to view the complete list of licensed shelters/rescues in Illinois.

Surrendering Adopted Animals

Many shelters and rescue organizations will take back an animal that is originally from the shelter if the owner is no longer able to care for them. Please reach out to the original adoption agency before contacting our shelter.

If your pet was adopted from Aurora Animal Control, please call the shelter at 630-256-3630 for next steps.

Surrendering to AACC

If you are unable to rehome your pet, Aurora Animal Control accepts animals residing in the city limits of Aurora by appointment only. While we do our best to re-home as many animals as possible, humane euthanasia is a possibility. Each animal is unique and evaluated on a case-by-case basis when evaluating potential outcomes.

There is a fee associated with the surrender of animals. This fee helps us provide daily care for your pet. To schedule your appointment, please call the shelter at 630-256-3630. Please note that due to shelter capacity, appointments are currently scheduled out a month or more.

Open Admission Shelters

If you are unable to wait for an appointment or live outside of the City of Aurora, there are shelters who accept walk-ins. These shelters, called open admission shelters, will accept any animal that walks through their doors. 

DuPage County Animal Services – Currently closed for surrenders due to shelter renovations

The Anti-Cruelty Society