Frequently Asked Questions - (and Answers)
Can I relinquish a pet to HSCI?
Yes, if we have space to place the pet at the Pet Adoption Center. Please call our office first at (309) 451-1000 during our office hours. For a variety of reasons, there are times that we are unable to take in pets.
- Our adoption staff will ask you some general questions about the pet to determine if we can help.
- If we are unable to help immediately but think we may be able to help at a later time, our staff will either put you on a waiting list or ask you to call back. Our ability to take pets in greatly depends on how pet adoptions are doing at the time.
- If we are able to take the pet in, we often will ask that you bring the pet in on a specific day to coordinate the timing with our vet, surgery schedules, and cage openings.
- When bringing in a pet, please provide as much information as possible. If you have vet records, please bring them with you.
- You are welcome to donate the pet's belongings (bedding, food, medication, toys).
- When relinquishing a pet, you give your consent to transfer ownership of the pet to HSCI, which allows us to medically treat and adopt out the pet as we see fit. You also terminate your ownership of the pet. No follow-up information is provided to you about the pet once you have relinquished it.
- There is a relinquishment fee of $25 for cats and small dogs, and $50 for dogs 50+ pounds to help offset the medical and basic care expenses in caring for the relinquished pet.
If you decide not to relinquish a pet to HSCI, please consider the following:
- If you found the pet, call us at (309) 451-1000 to file a "found" report over the phone with us. We are often called when pets are missing and we maintain a record of these lost pets. Post the pet on lost/found websites and Facebook pages, but please do not post on Craigslist.
- If you decide to keep the pet, please ensure it is spayed or neutered to help reduce pet overpopulation.
- If you decide to relinquish the pet to another organization, please visit the facility before taking the pet there. Standards of care vary considerably.
- If you decide to find a pet a home yourself, check out our tips to do so.