The Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC) has the capacity to care for approximately 122 animals – about 93 cats and 29 dogs at a time. There is additional space in the lobby for other species.
Once the HSDC reaches maximum capacity, staff will not intake animals since we do not euthanize animals for length of stay or overcrowding. This is called a limited admission facility. We use species-specific surrender wait lists to manage intake. As animals are adopted, staff will contact individuals on the wait list to offer admissions assistance.
By limiting the number of animals admitted, the HSDC is able to (1.) provide acceptable care for existing animals and (2.) control population without resorting to euthanasia.
Surrendering a Pet (Intake Process)
We understand how difficult and emotional it is to surrender a pet. Our customer care staff are here to help – with kindness, compassion, and without judgment. We will take the time to understand your individual circumstances and help you make the best decision for you and your animal. Sometimes, temporary support or guidance is all that is needed to help keep your pet.
If it is in the best interest of your family and your pet to seek other options, our staff can provide the assistance you need to ensure the pet receives the highest quality care. All intake is done by scheduled appointment so we can dedicate the time and focus on helping you and your pet.
For dogs only: First, fill out the online Dog Surrender Request Form HERE.
Completing this form is the first step in the process; it does NOT guarantee that we will be able to accept your dog. After you get an email confirming a successful submission, send firstname.lastname@example.org a few current pictures of the dog. We’ll email back about next steps as soon as we review your request form – usually within the next few work days.