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: 

Did you get your Big Mutt from a breeder?

If so, you may have a signed contract stipulating that the dog would be returned if you decide to no longer keep him.  If you do not want to keep your dog, please contact your breeder first.

Did you get your Big Mutt from a Rescue Organization?

If so, you may have a signed contract stipulating that the dog would be returned if you decide to no longer keep him.  If you do not want to keep your dog, please contact your rescue organization.

New baby in the family?

Take a look at the following resources on how to prepare your Big Mutt for the new bundle of joy.


The Humane Society of the United States lists moving as the number one reason people surrender their pets to shelters.  There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept medium and large dogs.  Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent.  Please check with your real estate agent, or company relocation services when possible.

Think you don’t have enough time for your Big Mutt?

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, playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog!  Surely you can spare 15 minutes per day.  Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life – make the time for you AND your dog.

Are there behavioral issues?

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! 

Experiencing financial issues?

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.

Housing problems? You may not have to give up your pet.

If you are having trouble finding animal-friendly housing, or experiencing other pet-related housing difficulties check out the Humane Society’s resource info.

If none of the above resources fit your needs or resolve your issues, then you are welcome to read the surrender process to the right and submit an application.  

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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.

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 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.