Surrender An Animal


Stray Animals

If you find an animal within Springfield city limits, please contact Animal Control at (417) 833-3592.  We generally do not take in animals found within city limits since that is what we have an Animal Control for.  Since we do not have a facility of our own, it would be impossible for owners to come and see if we have their pet.


Leigh’s Lost and Found

Humane Society of Southwest MO  ||  (417) 833.2526

Haven of the Ozarks || (417) 835.DOGS (3647)



You may also fill out our form to see if we have room in our foster care program.  Please exhaust the options above first.

Please be aware that they may have a waiting list or you may be required to make an appointment to bring in the animal.

Surrender Your Pet

Regrettably, we realize that sometimes the need for owners to surrender their pets arises. Since we operate solely based on the generosity and availability of volunteer foster homes, we cannot honor every owner surrender request we receive.

If you are considering surrendering your pet, ask yourself HONESTLY why you have come to this conclusion? The first step is to make sure that you have exhausted all possible options.

Did You Acquire Your Dog From A Rescue Organization?

If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.

New Baby In the Family?

Lucky for you most dogs are fantastic family pets! If you can take care of your new little human baby, you can take care of a dog.  Some of our educational materials are listed below to help you ease the transition:

Introducing Your Pet and New Baby

Kids and Dogs: Safety Tips


There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept pets. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent. Please see our helpful resources below for more information about renting with pets:

Renting With Pets

Pet Friendly Apartment Search

Think You Don’t Have Enough Time For Your Dog?

Make time by playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog!  Springfield, MO has it’s very own dog park with lots of doggies for your pet to play with. Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life – make the time for you AND your dog. 

Are There Behavioral Issues?

If behavioral issues are the root of the problem, we may offer training suggestions or tips, or offer to put you in contact with a reputable dog trainer. Even for seemingly insurmountable behavioral issues, there may be training or modification that can help keep your family intact.

Are You No Longer Able to Provide For Your Pet?

Please let us know if you are unable to afford food or vetting for your animal. Having a financially hard month does not mean you need to get rid of your pet, you may just need a little help.  Please email us at with a detailed description of the hardship you are having.  We will do our best to help or provide you with other resources.    



When you contact us we will need to know the reasons behind your decision to surrender your pet. We will offer all owners considering surrendering their animals as many alternatives as possible in order to give every family a chance to hold onto their beloved companion. If you feel as though you have no other option but to surrender your pet, please fill out our surrender application.  Please note that filling out an application does NOT guarantee we will be able to take in your pet.  We will however get back to you as soon as possible and will offer any resources we have at that time.