Owner Surrender/Intake

  HSGS is a managed admission animal shelter, meaning we take in animals surrendered by owners as well as animals from other licensed shelters and rescue groups. Please understand that HSGS cannot accept every animal brought to our shelter. We respect the difficult decision of owners to relinquish their pets, but we will not euthanize to control the number of animals at our facility. Therefore, we can only accept the surrender of owned pets and transfers from other licensed shelters and rescue groups as our capacity and resources allow. HSGS also accepts small exotics/mammals such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters as our resources allow. These animals must be surrendered with habitat and food. For more information on surrendering a pet or transfer, please contact the HSGS at (912) 354-9515 x107.   We know that the most common reason for owner surrender is behavior problems. If the reason you are thinking of surrendering your pet is behavior, please click here to read behavioral help information from a certified animal behaviorist that may help resolve your problem.


If you have come to the decision to relinquish your pet, we do require that an appointment is made for the surrender of owned pets (provide proof of care/ownership) and transfers from other licensed shelters and rescue groups, so we can better manage our intake and ensure we have the resources available to adequately help them.  Pets previously adopted from HSGS will be considered for surrender if kennels are available. Please notify staff as soon as possible if you are faced with returning an adopted pet. We will do everything we can to speed up the process; however, please be aware there could be a one month or more waiting period due to space availability.


Why does HSGS ask for a fee when an animal is surrendered?

When we admit a pet to our shelter, we are committed to providing for his or her care until they are adopted, regardless of the length of stay. The expense of providing care seven days for so many animals can be staggering. HSGS is a private, nonprofit organization with no government or corporate funding. As such, we rely on donations to keep our doors open to offer a wide range of community-focused programs and services.

By devoting time, effort and money to saving animals, we are euthanizing fewer than ever before (1.26 percent of our intakes for severe medical and behavior issues), and we have boosted our save rate to 98.74 percent. These are admirable statistics, but they come at a price. No pet is turned away if we have space, even if the owner cannot pay the surrender fee or the pet has a known medical condition.


Intake fees are as follows:  $35.00 or more per pet; $75.00 per litter; $10.00 microchip registration fee (none 24petwatch microchips).


Call today to make an appointment (912) 354-9515 x107. Surrender appointments will be scheduled daily 11 am-1 pm.  Due to the volume of calls, we receive per day, a return phone call could take up to 24-48 hours.

If you need pet supplies (food, litter, kennel) during your wait, please stop by the shelter for assistance.

After you have made your appointment, please select an option below to complete the paperwork required for the surrender process and for more details on what to expect during your appointment.

Here is a list of other local rescue organizations who may be able to help >


Information for Stray Animals

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is a private, non-profit animal welfare agency and, as such, we are legally prohibited from taking strays/found animals directly into our facility. Per Georgia state law, stray/found animals must be taken to the municipal animal control facility that provides for such service in the jurisdiction in which the animal was found.

Each facility has varying stray hold times. Some animal control agencies may allow the finder to hold the animal for the mandated time, but the finder must file a found pet report and make a good faith effort to reunite the pet that they have found with its legal owner.

Owners who have lost a pet need a central location to find them, and the best location is their local municipal animal control facility.

Please contact your local Animal Control Agency for information on their acceptance policies for stray animals.

Below is a list of the animal control agencies for our area.

Chatham County Animal Services: 912-652-6575
Effingham County Animal Shelter: 912-754-2109
Bryan County Animal Control (Pembroke): 912-653-3816
Bryan County Animal Shelter (Richmond Hill): 912-727-3884



Microchipping is a great way to make sure lost pets can find their way home, and it costs only $25. A microchip is a permanent form of identification implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. A special syringe is used to implant the chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice: the procedure only takes a few moments. It may sting the pet momentarily, but is over quickly. The benefits of having your pet microchipped far outweigh the few seconds of discomfort. Most of the time required is to complete the owner information needed to register the pet in a national database.

If a microchipped pet is found and taken to a shelter or veterinarian, a scanner will detect the presence of the chip. Looking up the chip number via computer produces the pet owner's contact info. It is imperative that owners of chipped animals make sure their registry information is complete and updated.

Microchips have reunited pets with their owners even after years of being lost and at great distances.

$25 - no appointment necessary at HSGS during normal hours >

Low-Cost Shot Clinics

Keeping your pet's vaccinations current is critical to prevent contracting or spreading potentially deadly and highly contagious diseases.

Pet Fix Savannah hosts walk-in shot clinics Monday - Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

The following services are offered at our shot clinics:

1 Year Rabies - $10
Bordatella - $15
DA2PPV (canine distemper) - $15
FVRCP- $15
Microchips - $25
Heartworm tests (dogs) - $25
FIV/FeLV tests (cats) - $30

Heartworm and flea prevention available based on weight.

Hurricane Evacuation


June 1 through November 30 is hurricane season. It is essential to plan ahead for your family and your pet in case of an emergency. Start by deciding where you will go. Family or friends are good options. Otherwise, identify a city or town outside the threatened area and select a hotel there. Here is a list of hotels that accept pets. Decide where you will go in advance; choose a hotel or motel and learn about its pet policies.

In case of a hurricane, fire, or other emergency, you should have a “Go Kit” for each pet that includes the following:

  1. Ample supply of food and bottled water and bowls
  2. Pet medications
  3. Carrier and blankets or towels
  4. A 4’ or 6’ leash for your dog
  5. Pet first aid kit
  6. A copy of your pets vet records and emergency contact number
  7. A photo of you with your pet in case you get separated

Your pet should wear a collar with ID tag at all times. And, be sure to have your pet microchipped ($25 at HSGS).

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