Surrendering Your Pet



We understand that sometimes owners are not able to keep a pet. Please exhaust all possible options before choosing to give up your pet, it is not a decision to be taken lightly as your pets depend on you.  Pet friendly housing is available if you are flexible on location/amenities and your pet is worth the extra effort.  However, if you have exhausted all options and the pet is not the best fit for your home/family, it is the best interest of the pet to be placed with a responsible rescue the instead of being dropped off at the shelter to risk being euthanized or placed into an unscreened home. We do our best to accept the dogs presented to us, given that we have the capacity to do so. We always want to accept as many as we can.   We are not able to accept all of the dogs who are looking for homes, but given some time to find a foster, we can accept many.

To begin the process of surrendering your dog to us, we will need a few items of information first:

  • Age • Sex • Breed • Does he/she get along with cats/dogs/kids? • Is he/she housebroken? • Is he/she calm, active, outgoing, timid? • Is he/she spayed/neutered? • Are the vaccinations current? • Are there any behavioral issues? • Are there any medical issues/concerns? • Why are you giving up this pet?
  • Please provide a picture of the pet so we can assess what we can do to help.  Please email all of this information to

Unfortunately we cannot take every pet that we are asked to take… but even if we cannot take your pet, we may be able to refer you to the right place or to list him/her on our Courtesy Listings page. Please note that to be listed as a courtesy listing the dog has to be altered. If you are giving up a senior dogs that time frame may be quite long as seniors take a while to place and are considered long term fosters. Our long term foster homes are very few and they have slower adoptions. Because our dogs do go to foster homes and are expected to be a part of someone’s family, we cannot take in very aggressive dogs as placing a foster home or their pets in danger is not acceptable.

If we cannot find a foster home for a dog, we do sometimes board them until a foster is found.   The cost of boarding (an average of $70-100/week per pet) as well as costs of veterinary care, we ask for a contribution to your pets’ care. Your inability to make a donation will not determine our decision to take the pet, however it will be greatly appreciated.

Dogs are with us an average of 2-6 weeks before they are placed, some lucky ones are adopted sooner and many stay with us for months and months until they are placed. Once we take a dog into our rescue, we do keep them until they are adopted.

Please understand that for confidentiality reasons we will not be able to give you the address/phone number of your pets new owners. We typically do not take pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers or similar mixes because of homeowner’s insurance policies.

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