Surrenders & Returns

We support families that have adopted animals. But when an adoption match fails, contact us to see how we can help.

We hope that every animal adopted from the San Francisco SPCA will enjoy its lifetime in a loving home. And we support families to help ensure the longevity of the relationship. If you are having issues with your cat or dog, here are some resources that may help:

Returns for Animals Adopted from the SF SPCA

If you have exhausted all reasonable efforts to keep your pet, the SF SPCA accepts the return of any animal adopted from our facility. Adoption returns must be scheduled in advance at our Mission Campus and are accepted seven days a week by appointment only, based on staff availability. Guardians who wish to return their adopted cat or dog should call (415) 554-3000 or email to schedule an appointment.

Although we provide rehoming free of charge to our adopters who make appointments, donations are welcome to offset the cost of intake.

Please complete a Dog Intake Form or Cat Intake Form and attach both a medical history and a picture of your pet. Right-click the form name and select “Save link as” to save the form to your desktop. Once you’ve filled in the form, please print it out and bring it with you or email and include the form as an attachment.

Surrender of Cats and Dogs Not Adopted from the SF SPCA

If you are a San Francisco resident with a cat or dog that you did not adopt from the SF SPCA, please contact San Francisco Animal Care & Control at (415) 554-6364 or visit ACC’s shelter. ACC is open every day from 11am–6pm (7pm on Wednesdays).

For additional resources, email:

201 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-3000



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