Owner Surrender

Owner Surrender

We understand that the choice to surrender your beloved pet is a complex and heartfelt one. This decision is far from simple, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. We encourage you to carefully review the content provided on this page, where you’ll find valuable advice and useful resources to assist you in this process. Should you ultimately determine that surrendering your pet is the best option, kindly utilize the link located at the page’s conclusion to access our owner surrender application. Your pet’s well-being remains our top priority throughout this journey.

Thinking about surrendering your dog?

Financial issues, pet behavior problems, pet allergies, and finding housing to accommodate your pet can all be challenges that you may be facing and you may feel that re-homing/surrendering your pet is the only solution.  Before you decide to re-home or surrender your beloved pet, please consider the following resources/tips: 

Breeder or Rescue​

If you adopted your dog from a breeder or rescue review your contract. It may state they will take them back if you are no longer able to keep them


Make sure to inform your real estate agent to look for pet-friendly listings. Ask if they allow you to spread the payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent.


Experts in the animal field agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with his human per day to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted!  That could be simply spent laying in bed at night watching t.v. together!


Many behavior problems can be caused by a treatable medical condition.  For example, a house-trained pet may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection that a veterinarian can diagnose and easily treat.

If there’s no physical cause for the problem, remember that many common pet behavioral issues have simple solutions.  Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog?  If so, let us help you. Send us an email – we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area.  

If you didn’t socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enroll him in obedience school.  It’s fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time! 

New Baby​

“When you bring a new baby home, your dog will face an overwhelming number of novel sights, sounds, and smells. She may find some of them upsetting, especially if she didn’t have opportunities to spend time with children as a puppy.
You’ll drastically alter your daily routine, so your dog’s schedule will change, too. And, out of necessity, she’ll get less of your time and attention. It may be a difficult time for her, especially if she’s been the “only child” for a while.” – ASPCA
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There are all the following groups exist to assist people who truly want to keep their pets but are experiencing financial difficulties. They may be able to help you.

The Process​

Once you have decided to surrender, we ask that you complete the Owner Surrender Form as this gives us most of the important information about the dog and his/her individual needs.  We ask that you complete as much information as you can and be as honest as possible as we need to know as much as possible so we can determine how best to help.

If your dog is not fully vaccinated there is a $25 fee so we can get them current on their vaccines. 

The dogs we can accept are taken into one of our foster homes, we do not have a kennel or shelter.  So before we will commit to taking any dog into our rescue, we prefer to have one of our volunteers go meet him or her first (if possible).  All of our dogs live indoors, as part of the foster home’s family, and while in rescue we work with each dog on any issues he/she might have — such as improving manners, obedience training, etc.  Each dog is seen by our Vet, brought current on shots, if needed, spayed/neutered if needed, and any other medical problems are taken care of.  We keep each dog for a minimum of two weeks for evaluation and determine what type of home that the dog needs and then we work to match them up with the most suitable home.  

We carefully screen all applicants, to help ensure that the dogs are going to a loving, secure home and that the dog’s needs match those of the prospective home.  We have an adoption team that reviews all applications; that include home ownership or landlord checks as well as a veterinarian reference to make sure adequate care was provided to past and present pets.  Finally, we do a home visit to ensure the home is secure and ready for a Giant Breed.

When we place each dog, we do quite a bit of education, regarding feeding, raised feeders, bloat, etc., to try to help limit any problems the new owner might have with the dog. We also are available for help with questions or problems that the new owner may have.  We strive to have a high success rate of adoptions as we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the adoption match is solid and get very few back into rescue.

Owner Surrender Application​

Once you have made your final decison to surrender, click th button to the right. A volunteer will be in contact with you within 72 hours.