Surrendering a Pet

In order to manage our shelter population, we are scheduling incoming animals (both owned and found strays) and booking appointments to best serve our clients and animals. For pet medical emergencies, please contact your veterinary clinic or the Animal Emergency Clinic of Mid-Maine. If a stray needs medical care, please contact your ACO.

GAHS contracts with twelve municipalities in the greater Androscoggin County area to provide animal care services for strays and pets in need.  We also take in animals who can no longer be cared for by their owners.   If you live in Auburn, Canton, Greene, Hebron (cats only), Leeds, Lewiston, Livermore, Minot, New Gloucester, Turner, Rumford, or Wales and can no longer keep your dog, cat or small animal, please fill out the relevant form below, or contact us at 207-783-2311 or

Experiencing behavior challenges? Check out our behavior resources before you decide to surrender!

Experiencing medical challenges? Check out our veterinary resources before you decide to surrender!

Whenever possible, we ask that you submit the below form, call or email in advance so we can schedule a time with you, as space allows at the shelter.  This is to ensure that we can provide the best of care to every animal who enters our doors.

Owners will be asked to provide us with as much information as possible about the pet, to help us determine the best path for the animal and assess their needs as they enter our facility.  We ask for honest information and please be as detailed as possible. This sets your pet up for success on the path to a new home! Please note that a photo ID is required to surrender a pet to the shelter.

While GAHS does not charge a fee to surrender an animal, we do ask for a financial donation of any amount to help us provide care for that animal and the thousands we help each year. We are also grateful to take any food or supplies along with the animal, to help provide them an easier transition to the shelter.

Animal Intake Form

Type of animal(Required)
Your Name(Required)
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      Please share any veterinary records.
      Sex of Animal(Required)
      Please indicate approximate months or years
      Is this animal up-to-date on vaccines?(Required)
      Is this animal spayed or neutered?(Required)
      Was the animal adopted from GAHS?(Required)
      Does this animal have special needs?(Required)
      Animal has lived with:
      If a dog/puppy, is he or she housetrained?
      If a cat/kitten, is he or she declawed?