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Often a pet is surrendered because an owner feels they have no other choice or is unaware of resources that can keep their pet in their home. We may be able to help you find alternatives to surrendering your beloved pet.


We want to help you in any way we can to keep your dog in your home.  Our advanced training partner, GoodPup can help resolve behavior issues, and provide understanding, support, and a plan to keep your dog a happy member of your family. Please contact them before you submit an application for relinquishment.  We've seen some amazing transformations happen and we hope you'll give GoodPup a try. 

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Sometimes, individuals find it necessary to surrender their pets due to unexpected life changes or unforeseen circumstances. We understand that this is a difficult decision to make, and can help your pet find a new home.

MSRPAC is able to accept owner-relinquished animals only; any lost/stray animals must be brought to your local county animal services.


Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, relying solely on the support of our local community without any city, state, or federal funding. Our dedication to meeting the diverse needs of every animal in our care ensures their well-being until we find them a loving home. It costs an average of $1,125 to care for a pet until they are adopted. 

While our admission fees do not fully cover the comprehensive costs of caring for your pet, they are essential in providing the necessary resources to keep your pet safe and healthy during the rehoming process. To help facilitate the admission of a pet into our care, the following fees are in place:

  • Relinquishment Fee: $175
  • Litters: A fee of $50 covers the first pet, with a nominal charge of $5 for each additional pet.
  • Mama and Babies: We provide nurturing care for both mother and offspring. Mama has a general surrender fee of $175, plus each precious baby has a modest fee of $5.

Your support and collaboration are vital in sustaining our mission and ensuring that every animal in our care receives the love and attention they deserve. Together, we can provide second chances where all the wonderful pets that come to us find the love and care they need until they find new and loving homes.

Thank you for being a part of this important journey with Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.


For your pet to be considered for admission to the Pet Adoption Center, please fill out the form below.  If your pet meets our criteria, you will be contacted by email for a health and behavior assessment appointment (please add  to your address book or check your junk folder).



The admissions process will take 1 hour. Our Intake Team performs a behavior assessment on every dog and puppy to determine their temperament. If the dog being surrendered fails our assessment, we will not be able to admit them into our care and will provide you with alternate suggestions.


The admissions process will take 1 hour. Please bring your cat in a carrier if possible, however, we do not accept surrenders of cats or kittens in traps. We do not admit feral cats or feral kittens. For information on our feral cat TNR program, click here.


  • Animals who have been attack-trained
  • A pet showing aggressive or unsociable behavior during the administration of a behavior assessment
  • Health examination determines that the animal is physically unsuitable for adoption
  • Feral Cats
  • Lost/stray animals must be brought to your local county animal services.
      • How long before a dog is legally yours in California?
        If you decide against taking the animal to a public shelter, you must place ads in local newspapers and place Found flyers in the area where you found the dog for at least ten days before you can legally claim ownership of the animal and attempt to re-home it.


What is Admissions by Appointment?

Admissions by Appointment is an industry-leading admissions program designed to give every pet surrendered to the Mary S Roberts Pet Adoption Center (MSRPAC) its best chance for success by way of a simple, 30-minute intake appointment.

Admissions by Appointment marks an end to long lines, long wait times and the crowded and chaotic counter process.  Under this industry-leading admissions model, individuals will call MSRPAC’s Pet Resource Center – an empathetic staff member will conduct one-on-one phone consultations – and hear about options available beyond relinquishing their pet that may allow them to keep their pet in their home or out of the Adoption Center environment.

Should an owner determine that alternative resources do not best address their situation and want to continue with the relinquishment process, they will schedule an appointment time. During their appointment, an MSRPAC team member, including an intake specialist and behavioral and medical staff members, will have a transparent conversation with the pet owner explaining their pet’s likely outcome should the pet be surrendered, which will help determine the best option for both the pet and owner.

We believe that the pets, as well as the owners, will have a far less stressful exchange, and most will ultimately have a better chance of getting necessary care, adapting and finding a new home. Most importantly, Admissions by Appointment will help us save the lives of thousands of animals each year.

Why did the Pet Adoption Center move to Admissions by Appointment?

MSRPAC has made a commitment to save the lives of thousands of more pets. This is an exciting, yet challenging initiative that requires us to take action with a sense of urgency and move beyond the status quo. We must think outside the box and look toward innovative new programs and services that help us become the animal welfare agency of the future and save more lives.

Admissions by Appointment is the next step in implementing a variety of new initiatives to help us achieve this goal. The Admissions by Appointment process has already been successfully implemented at many leading adoption centers and shelters across the country and it’s saving lives. After moving to Admissions by Appointment, these agencies have experienced a decrease in euthanasia, an increase in adoptions, and a reduction in owners surrendering their pets, ranging between 15 – 30%.

The appointment process allows us to be better prepared for the number of cats and dogs that we take in. Every day, we will determine how many animals we can accept without exceeding our healthy capacity, so we can provide the safest and best possible environment for the pets in our care.

Prior to and during the appointment, we will also be able to gather very specific information about the animals coming into our care so we are able to determine the best adoption plan.

Why Now?

Our goal is to end needless euthanasia and save the lives of as many pets as we can. Admissions by Appointment will also give us the opportunity to provide additional helpful resources to individuals who desperately want to keep their pet but may be struggling so they don’t have to part ways with their loving family member.

Admissions by Appointment will help us better treat our customers with compassion, transparency and respect, and ensure that we are providing each pet who comes through our doors with a healthy and loving environment that offers them their best chance for success.

Most importantly, Admissions by Appointment will allow us to save the lives of thousands of more pets.

How will Admissions by Appointment save lives?

Admissions by Appointment will help us save lives by only taking the number of pets that we can properly and humanely serve given our available resources. If our resources are stretched too thin, we may not have the ability to provide a shy or fearful dog who needs a little extra help before going up for adoption. This can increase that dog’s length of stay, which in turn increases the likelihood that it will become ill or behaviorally unsound.  

In the case of cats, without Admissions by Appointment, it’s far more likely that we won’t have an open space in our often full cattery.  

Additionally, studies from UC Davis have shown that the longer a healthy dog or cat stays in a shelter environment, the higher the chances they become infected with a disease.

How will Admissions by Appointment increase adoptions?

By providing appropriate resources early in a pet’s stay, we prepare them more quickly for adoption, which reduces their length of stay. That ultimately opens up additional kennel space for more pets to more quickly reach our adoption floor and find their forever homes.

Last year, 1,994 dogs and cats were adopted into loving new homes – we want to increase that number. Through an Admissions by Appointment process, we believe we can help even more pets find their forever families.

How will Admissions by Appointment benefit pet owners?

Admissions by Appointment will allow pet owners to receive the high-quality service and critical attention necessary to make the most informed decision about their pet’s future.

Prior to their appointment, pet owners will have a private, one-on-one phone consultation with one of our trained Pet Resource Center specialists. We’ll be able to gather important information about their pets, discuss any problems they may be having and provide helpful resources that may allow pet owners to keep their four-legged companions in their homes.

If the owner then determines that relinquishing their pet is the best available option, they will be able to schedule an appointment, allowing them to avoid extended wait times and the chaos that can exist when surrendering a pet through a walk-in process.

During the 30-minute appointment, each pet will receive a behavior and medical evaluation, and owners will be informed of likely outcomes should they continue with the relinquishmentprocess. This transparent conversation will help owners determine what is best for both their pets and themselves.

We’re confident Admissions by Appointment will help many pet owners save time, money and heartache while we save lives.

What services will you offer owners who are struggling to keep their pets?

By moving to an appointment process, we will be able to gather medical and behavior history for each pet prior to their arrival at our Center. We can then discuss any potential issues that may result in a pet being unsuitable for adoption and can provide resources that may allow the owner to keep the pet or other outlets that would offer the pet a better outcome. 

Prior to making this change, we consulted with UC Daviswho has worked with countless other agencies who have recognized the incredible benefits of Admission by Appointment.

How long will you have to wait for an appointment?

Wait times will vary throughout the year. Wait times will likely be longer upon the program’s initial implementation while we are still educating the public on the new appointment process. We also suspect wait times will be longer during the summer months, when we experience high intake volumes of puppies and kittens.

Because we will be able to consult with pet owners and gather detailed information about each pet prior to their arrival at our shelter, we expect most appointments will last no more than 30 minutes.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Admissions by Appointment.  The first step is to fill out the Pet Relinquishment Form and a staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Will there be a fee to relinquish my pet?

While the needs of each animal in our care differ, it costs an average of $1,125 to care for one cat or dog until he/she finds a forever home. While our relinquishment fees likely won’t cover the full cost of care for your pet, they will help provide us the necessary resources to keep your pet safe and healthy while we search for a new, loving family. The surrender fee is:
  • $150 for the first pet and $25 for each additional pet
  • For litters of kittens/puppies: $50 for first pet and $5 for each additional pet
We do offer assistance for low-income individuals.

How will you know if the system is an improvement?

MSRPAC carefully tracks annual intake and adoption numbers.  We will closely monitor the changes in these key indicators and will make any necessary adjustments we see fit, if necessary.

RELINQUISHMENT FORMS (you will need to submit a form for each animal you are requesting to relinquish to MSRPAC).