Surrender a Pet

Giving up a pet is a heart-wrenching decision, but sometimes there is no other option. Safe Place for Pets provides peace of mind to terminally ill pet owners residing in El Paso and Teller counties in Colorado by finding new forever homes for their beloved pets. We are committed to our mission and take pride in ethically caring for these beloved pets. For over 20 years, we served our community by successfully caring for and placing cats, dogs, birds, fish, and rabbits in loving, forever homes.

We also strive to keep pets with their beloved owners for as long as possible while maintaining the pet’s quality of life. Once placed in our care, we provide pets with affection, daily wellness care, food, shelter, and veterinary care while we work to find their new forever homes.

The Process of Surrendering Your Pet

We are a nonprofit pet placement organization that rehomes pets of terminally ill people, and we guarantee a safe-haven for pets placed in our care. Prior to being accepted into our program, we assess all pets to ensure they are healthy and behaviorally sound.

To prevent the spread of common diseases and to ensure pets are healthy for their new homes, we ask those who are surrendering pets to make sure each pet:

  • Is up-to-date on vaccines

  • Has a current wellness exam

  • Is spayed/neutered

  • Has dental issues addressed

The average cost of veterinary care is $300 per pet and we ask for your support and assistance to help offset these costs by either getting pets up-to date on veterinary care prior to the pet being relinquished or by making a donation.

If you meet our mission criteria and need to surrender your pet, please call us at (719) 359-0201 or email for a Surrender Application to be sent to you to provide information for our Placement Coordinators. Safe Place for Pets reserves the right to refuse admittance of any pet where we observe severe health and/or behavioral issues or in cases that do not meet our mission criteria. Pets are not euthanized except for severe health or behavioral issues and/or quality of life issues that arise while the pet is in our care.

Returning a Pet

If you need to return a pet you adopted from Safe Place for Pets, please contact us as soon as possible at (719) 359-0201 or email us at We welcome our adopted pets back into our care.

Additional Resources

If you do not meet our mission or your pet cannot be placed in our care, please consider the list of local rescue organizations below:

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
610 Abbott Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 473-1741

Happy Cats Haven
1412 S. 21st Street
Colorado Spring, CO 80904
(719) 362-4600

Look What the Cat Brought In
2129 E. Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 331-6852

Wild Blue Cat Rescue
5975 Burgess Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
(719) 964-8905

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary
16750 Thompson Rd.
Black Forest, CO 80908
(719) 494-0158

All Breed Rescue & Training
410 ½ E. Fillmore St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 264-6460

No Hound Unhomed
4295 Northpark Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 244-2208

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS)
308 Weaverville Rd
Divide, CO 80814
(719) 686-7707

Low Cost Veterinary Clinics


Hamlett Spay and Neuter

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Great Value Pet Clinic