Surrenders & Returns

We support families that have adopted animals, but if 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:


The San Francisco SPCA provides members of our community with a private rehoming service. The best place for your pet is in your home until a new home has been found. If you need to rehome your animal, submit a private rehoming application. Once accepted, your pet will appear on the San Francisco SPCA’s rehoming page on the web site.

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. Fill out the form below to request an appointment. 

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 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (7:00 pm on Wednesdays).


Ready To Adopt?