Pet Rescue By Judy
401 South Laurel Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 302-4497
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Surrendering A Pet

What do you do when you can no longer keep your pet?  Well, first, please ask yourself if this is a temporary problem.  If so, can you find a friend to keep your pet while you get things squared away?  Offer to cover the associated expenses.  You don't know until you've asked.  If your decision is motivated by a behavior issue, have you exhausted all options?  Have you consulted a vet?  Inappropriate urination is often the result of a urinary tract infection.  In healthy cats, it can often be resolved by using a litter with an attractant in it ~ sold at most pet stores and guaranteed by the manufacturer.  Other issues?  Have you reviewed the training advice available under our Information dropdown?  Most behavior issues can be resolved with the assistance of a trainer.  Basic problems can be addressed through group classes at locations such as Petsmart.  More severe problems may require one-on-one training with a professional.  Please do not walk away from your pet over behavior issues until you have made every attempt to resolve them!

If you are a deploying member of the military who needs to rehome a pet, please contact Dogs On Deployment first.  This organization works with a network of volunteers who foster pets of deployed personnel until they return.  Visit 


Pet Rescue by Judy’s shelter is currently at capacity.  However, we are taking surrenders on a space by space opening.  In order for us to consider taking your pet you will need to send an e-mail to with the following information:


  • Name of Animal
  • Breed and age
  • Spayed/Neutered, up-to-date on shots?
  • FIV status (cat)/Heartworm status (dog)
  • What day of the month your dog receives its monthly heartworm pill.
  • Reason for surrender – be as honest as possible
  • Name of vet and clinic where your pet has been a patient.  Phone number required. Current up-to-date records will be required at the time of surrender.
  • Photos -- this is very important!
  • Your name and phone number.

Please provide a detailed description of your pet, including personality traits, games it plays. . .  This is your chance to help us quickly find a new home. The description is what will make your pet stand out from the hundreds of others that are looking for new homes. Do not be shy ~ the more information, the better!

Please remember that Pet Rescue by Judy is a non-profit, no-kill shelter.  It may take us months to find a home for your pet and a donation to help us is strongly encouraged.

Other resources for re-homing your pet:

  •, the second tab over on their title bar says “Animal Shelters.”  If you click on it, a drop down will appear.  Choose “By Distance” and type in your zip code.  A listing of all pet rescues in the area will appear.
  • has a courtesy listing site for cats.
  •, if you animal is of a specific breed (ex. Shih Tzu) type in the breed of the animal, plus a word like “rescue” and “Orlando.”  Usually you will be surprised to learn that there is a rescue dedicated to a specific breed.