North Star Rescue offers two programs to owners who can no longer keep their small animals under their care: Placement Assistance and Owner Surrenders. Please note that these programs are only available to individual owners who have personal pets they can no longer keep. If you are a breeder, intentionally bred your animals to produce more, are a broker or are otherwise affiliated with the sale of animals, you will not be eligible to participate in a Placement Assistance Program or surrender your animal to North Star Rescue.

Please note that due to space constraints, North Star Rescue is unable to accept the surrender of rabbits under any circumstances. Rabbit owners who need help placing their animals may enroll in the Placement Assistance program.

Placement Assistance Program
If you can no longer provide a home to your small animals, North Star Rescue offers Placement Assistance services to help you find your small pet a new home. Placement Assistance is a program for owners who can keep their small animal for any length of time and assist with the process of finding them a new home. While enrolled in the Placement Assistance program, owners are expected to continue to care for their small animals in their home and meet with potential adopters until a suitable match in a new home is found for their pets.

To help owners while they seek a new home for their pet, North Star Rescue offers the following services:

  • Advice on screening new potential homes
  • Referral of potential adopters in your area
  • Preparation of fliers or printable material for you to advertise your pet to a new home locally (PDF files are provided, printing is not included)
  • Online listings on NorthStarRescue.org for your small animal(s)
  • Listings on North Star Rescue's social media accounts advertising your new pet to potential owners
  • Advice and consultations for prospective adopters, support for both parties after the adoption

There is no fee to participate in the Placement Assistance program. Owners who enroll their pets in the Placement Assistance program may request to surrender their animal to North Star Rescue if space becomes available in the rescue, and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Owner Surrenders
North Star Rescue accepts owner surrendered animals into our program when space becomes available. Please note that our first priority is rescuing animals at public shelters who will be euthanized for lack of space, medical or behavioral issues. This means that owner surrenders are accepted when extra room becomes available at the rescue, and cannot be guaranteed.

North Star Rescue does not charge a surrender fee for animals who are not seniors, healthy and free of major behavioral problems at the time of surrender. Surrender fees may be assessed in the following situations:

  • Senior animals who are too old to go up for adoption may require a surrender fee for the expected cost of retirement at the rescue
  • Animals with major behavioral problems may require a surrender fee for the expected cost of food, bedding and medical care for the time it is estimated to rehabilitate them and get them ready for adoption
  • Animals with medical problems may require a surrender fee to help offset the cost of medical treatment

Surrender fees are assessed on a case by case basis, and are generally 50% of the rescue's estimated costs to either retire an animal, or rehabilitate an animal and get it ready for adoption. Surrender fees are waived with any proof of financial assistance from an outside agency (such as Welfare, Food stamps, etc.)

Surrender and Placement Assistance Forms

Please click on the link below for the species you need help finding a home for.

Rabbit Placement Assistance Request

Chinchilla Placement Assistance Request

Guinea Pig Placement Assistance Request

Rat Placement Assistance Request

Hamster Placement Assistance Request

Mouse Placement Assistance Request

Category: Rescue Services