Releasing an Animal

PAWS of Grays Harbor accepts cats and dogs during open hours at the shelter. Our ability to accept owner released and stray animals is dependent on available space. Normally, we have a waitlist for incoming animals. We are not able to accept aggressive or contagious animals into the facility for the safety of our volunteers and animals.

We wish we did not have to ask for release fees, but adoption fees only cover a fraction of the cost to care for your animal while here at the shelter. In order for us to provide the necessary care for your animal, we need to ask you to contribute a small portion to help us with their care.


What does No Kill Mean?

Our shelter does not euthanize animals in our care after a specific period of time. Animals in our care remain at the shelter or in foster homes until they are able to be placed in a new home no matter what length of time that may take. Animals may be euthanized only if they are critically ill and ending their suffering is in the best interest of the animal, or they are aggressive and are putting our volunteers or other animals at risk of serious injury.

Releasing Litters of Puppies or Kittens

We are able to help you find loving forever home for you unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Having them adopted out by our shelter ensures that they will receive all of their vaccinations, a health check, and be altered in their new home. We understand that sometimes an unwanted litter can happen, but please be a responsible pet owner and spay and neuter your pets.

Release Fees

  • Cat: $20
  • Kitten: $10
  • Dog: $30
  • Puppy: $10
  • Medical Issues: +$35 (on top of regular fee)
  • Senior Pet: $35

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