Considering Surrendering or Rehoming Your Dog?

Making the decision to surrender your dog is never an easy thing to do. First and foremost, make sure that rehoming him is the right decision. Is it possible that you and your dog could benefit from basic (or more extensive) training? Sometimes a little training is all it takes to repair your relationship with your dog. Consider enrolling in some kind of training/obedience class before you make the final decision to find him a new home. Please give him a chance. You may be the only one he gets.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make sure that your dog is placed in an appropriate, loving home, with a setting that will be beneficial to him. No one knows your dog better than you, so please make sure that you’re exploring every avenue and option available in an effort to find him a new family. Do your research, and make the decision based on what you feel is best for him.

Never offer your dog “free to good home” under any circumstances! You should always ask for a rehoming, or adoption fee. This increases the chances that you’re placing your dog into good hands. Asking for personal and veterinary references is also a good idea.

If you’d like for a rescue organization to take your dog, please do everything possible to make sure that you start searching for rescues well before the date that your dog needs to be rehomed. Many rescues simply can’t come and pick your dog up tomorrow. They must have an appropriate foster home for the dog to be placed in. Please be patient and give them time. Making sure that your dog is up to date on all vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered will also increase the chances of a rescue being willing to accept him.

Keep in mind that many rescue organizations are limited intake facilities and are likely running at full capacity, so will only be able to take in an animal provided that they have a foster home available.

Many shelters are also at full capacity, and are unable to make space for your pet. Many times when a dog enters a county shelter as an owner-surrender and that facility is full, the dog never makes it to the “adoption floor,” but is instead added to the euthanasia list. Please keep this in mind when you make the decision to drop your dog at the local shelter.

Please see the “Resources” section for listings of local shelters.

I Found a Stray Dog. What Do I Do Now?

**Never approach or attempt to pick up an animal that has been badly injured, or that seems to be acting in an aggressive manner. Even a highly fearful dog can turn aggressive. Use caution, and call animal control!**

It’s happened to us all at some point, and it’s hard to know just what to do! You’re driving along and see a dog running the streets. Being the good person you are, you stop and get him into your car. Have you really thought this through? Do you have the space to keep him until you find him a home or a rescue to take him? Do you have other pets at home? Will they get along?

First thing is first. Make a trip to a local vet or animal shelter to see if the dog has a micro-chip. This can be done at no cost to you. If you’re lucky, your search will end there and the owner will be located. If the dog isn’t chipped you may want to have him checked out to be sure that he doesn’t have a serious illness, and at the very least get him a rabies shot (preferably before you take him home).

You should file a “Found Animal Report” with the county shelter. That way, if the owner is looking for their dog, they have a way to know that you’re taking care of him. This will also protect any rescue that is able to help you if needed. Shelters and rescues are required to hold a stray for 72 hours before it can be vetted or adopted out. That time starts the second the “Found Report” is filed.

If you bring the dog home with you, keep it separate from your other animals. It’s not a good idea to expose your animals to anything that the stray may have picked up, not to mention that you don’t know how this new dog will interact with your current pets. Remember, you do not know this dog. Not all dogs like other dogs and/or cats. Even your own dog may not be so keen on the new kid coming home with you. If you have small children, I advise against letting the dog interact with them. If you must let them meet, you need to be extremely careful, and keep any interactions brief and supervised! Play it safe.

Try to make a comfortable area in the garage, sunroom, or other safe area where the dog can stay until you figure out what your next step will be.

If you’re not able to keep the dog as your own pet, or house it until a proper home is found, it’s time to start contacting rescues for assistance. Keep in mind that many rescue organizations are limited intake facilities and are likely running at full capacity. That means that they will only be able to take in an animal provided that they have space.

You can find a list of local rescue organizations in the “Resources” section.

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