Surrender / Rehoming

Surrendering or Rehoming Your Pet

Finding Solutions

LA Animal Services has alternative solutions to help keep pets and families together.

Events may take place in which you can no longer care for your pet, ranging from financial hardship or a change in your living situation.

Before surrendering your pet to a shelter, please consider the following options that may help to keep you and your furry family member together, and help to ensure life-saving space is available for injured or sick animals who are brought into our Centers.

Home to Home

Gives City of Los Angeles residents who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to surrender them to the shelter. Pets can go from one home right into another, which means less stress for animals and humans alike. In addition, this offers potential new owners the opportunity to communicate directly with the current owners, providing firsthand information about the animals.

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Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry is a community resource to assist low-income families and individuals in the City of Los Angeles experiencing financial hardship who need help feeding their animal companions.

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Resource Guides

LA Animal Services has created a Community Resource Guide which lists organizations and their programs throughout Los Angeles available to LA City residents. These organizations provide assistance with food, housing, pets, and resources and information regarding COVID-19; and a Pet Resource Guide, which features the resources and services available through LA Animal Services.

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Since 2018, HEART LA has been protecting people, pets, and their homes. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person deserves a sustainable and inclusive place to call home, HEART LA strives to address the immediate challenges of evictions and homelessness prevention, while also addressing systemic discriminatory barriers through tenant education, trainings, learning forums, workshops, and deliberate policy advocacy.

Click here for resources to help renters and their pets.
Intervention Groups

BetterTogerther Forever is dedicated to helping pet parents in Los Angeles communities that are under-served and under-resourced access valuable services to help them stay together with the pets they love, and to keep those pets safe, healthy, happy, off the streets, and out of animal shelters. They are located at the North Central Animal Shelter.



Downtown Dog Rescue believes in second chances for both dogs and people — rescuing dogs and providing services for low income pet owners in underserved communities in Los Angeles County.

1309 E 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021


The Rescue Train is a unique, 501(c)3 nonprofit, no-kill, animal-welfare organization based in Los Angeles, California. They are a small but mighty group of animal advocates, dedicated to making the world a kinder place for pets and the people who love them.


When Surrendering Is Your Only Option

Pet abandonment is a violation of CA Penal Code 897. 

If you need to surrender your pet back to a shelter, please make an appointment by calling


Do NOT abandon your pet in any building, enclosure, lot, street, or other public place.

Thank you to our lifesaving partners who help us care for #LACityPets