Surrendering Your Pet
Many pets when surrendered to the shelter do not know how to respond. Most stay in the back of their kennels, avoid contact with people, and do not want to eat. We suggest trying to rehome privately if you must get rid of your pet that was not adopted from us. While we try to make them feel as comfortable as possible, many times they are so shut down they will not interact with staff and become behaviorally insecure. Shelters are loud with lots of people walking by and making noises at the animals which can often times frighten dogs who are used to living in a quiet home. While we understand not all pets can be rehomed privately, we ask that you do take steps to attempt to keep them in the home when possible.
Things to do prior to requesting to surrender your pet:
- Check if breeder or shelter where they came from will take them back
- If pet has a problem that is medical, have them checked by a veterinarian (we can refer you to one if needed)
- If pet has a behavioral problem, consult a trainer or behaviorist (we can refer you to someone if needed)
- Try reaching out to family or friends if anyone is looking for a new family member
- Post on local rehoming sites for a greater audience
We may not always have space
We can only take in animals when we have space for them. We are a small scale facility and do not want to stress out our animals by having kennels too compacted. We are not a government run facility therefore we are not required to be open intake and are not required to accept each animal that comes through our doors.
Surrenders are only done by appointment
Appointments must be made in order to surrender an animal because they must be able to pass a health and behavior evaluation. If they cannot pass the evaluation, we cannot accept them into our adoption program.
Animals adopted from us have first right for surrender
Per our adoption contract, any animal adopted from us is required to be returned to our facility. These animals have first right to open kennel availability because we do not want them ending up elsewhere. If your pet was adopted from a separate facility, please reach out to them first to see if they have the clause of taking back animals adopted from them. If your animal was adopted from our facility, please send us an email to inform us of your return.