Please refer to this page if you are in the following situations:
- You have a pet that you can no longer keep and that needs a new home,
- You have found a pet and you do not know who it belongs to, or suspect it was abandoned,
- You have lost a pet and would like to post its photo / description on our website.
If after reading this page, you have additional questions, please leave a message at: (509) 248-3113.
If You Wish To Surrender Your Pet To YVPR…
There are many reasons a person or family decides they can no longer care for a pet. We at YVPR encourage all pet owners to explore all other options before surrendering your pet. Please refer to these following sources for information on how to deal with common reasons people often feel they need to give up their pet.
- Can We Help You Keep Your Pet?
- Alternatives To Surrendering Your Dog
- Resources For Common Pet Problems
If your pet is exhibiting behavioral problems, a trip to the vet may be a good next step. Often health issues can lead to behavioral ones. If after exploring these alternatives, you still feel you can no longer keep your pet, please carefully read and follow these directions. They also apply if you are looking for a home for a pet you have found (please read “If You Have Found A Pet” below).
PROCESS FOR RELEASING A PET TO YVPR
1) Pet Assessment
The first step in getting assistance from YVPR in finding a new home for your pet is to make an appointment to have your dog or cat assessed by a YVPR volunteer. Our office hours are Wednesday or Saturday mornings. To make an appointment you can call (509) 248-3113 to leave a message. We will get back to you shortly.
To expedite the assessment time, please print and fill out the YVPR Assessment Form. Answer those questions you are able to. Weight and size measurements can be made at our office. If you are unable to print out the form, one will be made available during the assessment.
- Dog Assessment Form
- Cat Assessment Form – not currently available – please check back.
2) Releasing Your Pet
Please keep in mind that YVPR is an all volunteer organization and that we do not have an animal shelter. We rely on a network of foster homes who care for our pets until they are adopted. Finding a foster home for your pet can take a little time. You may have to take your pet home after the assessment. We will try our best to find a foster home immediately, but unfortunately we have far fewer foster homes than pets that need them, and you may have to wait until a foster home is available, until your pet is adopted, or until we can transport your pet to one of our wonderful partner shelters. When it comes time to physically release your pet to YVPR, you will be required to sign a Releasement Form.
3) Do Not Drop Off Your Pet!
We must make you aware that it is illegal to dump your pet on YVPR property. Please do not do so. We cannot accept a pet unless you follow the procedures above step by step. We must also make you aware that we will not provide assistance in any way if you threaten harm to your pet or to us. In those cases, we will inform the proper authorities. Thank you for understanding!
4) Litters – Kittens & Puppies
YVPR will accept litters of puppies or kittens. If you are bringing us a litter of puppies or kittens from a pet that you own, we strongly recommend that you have the mother spayed. We can assist with reduced cost spay (& neuter) certificates, but for kittens/cats only, but not for dogs at this time. The Humane Society does provide additional spay/neuter assistance for dogs and cats through SNAP (Spay & Neuter Assistance Program). For more information, go to: Humane Society SNAP.
Before we can accept puppies and kittens, they must be free of illness before they can be placed for adoption. If they have goopy eyes or patches of missing hair, they must get medical treatment before they can be assessed. We can help refer you to a veterinarian to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
5) Feral Cats (aka Barn Cats)
If you have unfixed feral cats on your property, we can help provide you a cage to catch them (if you cannot yourself), and reduced cost spay / neuter certificates to help you get them fixed. An unfixed feral cat can, over a few short years, turn into many feral unfixed cats. This can be a big problem for local wildlife, especially if you live in the country. Feral cats can also have short and difficult lives. We encourage you to get them fixed immediately. We have a Barn Cat Adoption Program, but there is very little demand for them at this time. Instead of trying to get them adopted, we suggest you have them fixed, get them their vaccines, and keep them to catch mice.
If You Have Found A Pet
If you find a pet that you believe to be homeless or lost, please leave a message at: (509) 248-3113, and provide a description, gender, and place found. Someone will contact you. Our policy is to place an ad in a local paper for at least 3 days before we take possession of, or adopt out, any pet that is found. After the third day you can make an appointment to have the pet assessed following the pet release procedure above. We will also provide vaccines to the pet if needed, or set up a medical plan if the pet is in need of medical attention.Once you have had a pet assessed and placed for adoption, we ask that you not give the pet away or sell it. Having it adopted through YVPR will assure it the best home possible.
Many of the rescues we handle come to us from members of the community who find pets that are lost or abandonded. We appreciate your assistance in helping us get these pets off the street. However, we highly discourage anyone from putting themselves, or their family, in a potentially dangerous situation. Lost, abandoned, and abused animals are often very fearful and may bite if approached. Even if they are friendly when found, if you take them home, they may become unexpectantly aggressive with another pet or child. You must be very cautious when introducing a strange pet to other animals or people. If there is any question about the temperment of a pet you have found, please do not attempt to approach it or take it home. You may call our message line to inform us of where the pet is, or you may also contact the Central Washington Humane Society.
Also, if you see a wandering pet on the road, make sure that by trying to rescue it you are not putting yourself, your car, or others in a dangerous situation. Take all precautions when dealing with lost pets. YVPR cannot be held responsible for any injury that comes from rescuing or keeping a lost or abandoned pet.
If you repeatedly see a pet that you believe to be homeless, but it will not come to you, we have live traps that you can borrow. Please leave us a message to also inquire about these.
If you have witnessed a case of what you believe to be animal abuse or neglect, please refer to the “Dangerous or Abused Animals” section of our Resources page. The only resources available is City or County Animal Control and the Central Washington Humane Society in Yakima. None of the rescues can do anything other then contact animal control.
If You Have Lost A Pet
If you have lost a pet, we would be happy to post a photo and description of that pet on our Facebook page. Please send all information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, utilize these other resources for advertising or looking for your lost pet:
- Central Washington Humane Society – Post and See Lost Pets
- Craig’s List (Yakima)
- Your Local Vet
- Your Local Newspapers
Make sure to post photos of your pet in your neighborhood, where they were last seen, and at public places close to your home. YVPR wants to see your pet back in your arms!!!