Surrendering a pet
We understand that giving up a pet can be difficult
When Tails was established, we made the philosophical decision to limit our admission based on available space and overall resources, rather than accepting all animals as they come to us. The limited admission philosophy allows us to focus on the individual needs of the animals in our care. Sadly, because space and other resources are limited, we can’t accept all the animals who need our help.
We will always accept animals who were adopted from us and we will try our best to immediately accommodate very young kittens/puppies and sick or injured adults.
Pets not adopted from Tails will be accepted as space permits. Please fill out the appropriate online form below and we will contact you as space becomes available.
If you need to relinquish a sick or injured pet or very young puppies/kittens, please call Jon Koffenberger, Animal Care Manager, at 815-758-2457 x 102. Friday through Sunday: please call the front desk at Tails at 815-758-2457 x 0. Please leave a message which are checked frequently throughout the day.
If you have found a stray dog, please contact your local animal control department.
DeKalb County Animal Control: 815-748-2427.
If you need to relinquish a dog not adopted from Tails, please fill out the dog relinquishment form below. If you adopted the dog from another shelter, we recommend that you contact that shelter prior to contacting TAILS.
If you need to relinquish a dog adopted from Tails, please call Jon Koffenberger at 815-758-2457 x 102.
Please click here to complete the Dog Relinquishment Request Form.
We receive far more requests for assistance than we have the resources to accommodate. We will however, always accept cats who were adopted from Tails. We will also try to immediately accept very young kittens and sick and injured cats. If you need to return an adopted cat or have a sick or injured cat or very young kitten(s), please call Jon Koffenberger, Animal Care Manager, at 815-758-2457 x 102.
If you need to relinquish a cat not adopted from Tails, please fill out the cat relinquishment form below. If you adopted the cat from another shelter, we recommend that you contact that shelter prior to contacting Tails.
Please click here to complete the Cat Relinquishment Request Form.
Little Critter Relinquishment
Tails accepts pet birds, hamsters, bunnies, gerbils as well as other small pets, as space permits. Tails does NOT accept reptiles of any kind.
Please click here to complete the Little Critter Relinquishment Form.
With the start of the new year, we're thrilled to announce that we adopted 2,056 dogs, cats and little critters in 2016. These animals all came to us in need and because of YOU, we're here for them. To everyone who adopted, volunteered, fostered and donated to make this happen - thank you!
Tails recently received a $4,000 grant from the ASPCA in support of our 2017 Transport Program. This program partners with open-admission shelters and animal control agencies to transport dogs and puppies who are high risk for euthanasia due to space and resource limitations. Our network of amazing foster families open their homes to hundreds of dogs each year while they await their turn for adoption.
Thank you ASPCA for your support of this life-saving program!
Last updated 1/6/17