We understand that there may come a time when your situation unexpectedly changes and you feel like you need to find your beloved furry friend a new home. We know how hard this decision can be for the whole family. We would like to share some tips or ideas for those who might be thinking of surrendering their pet. These steps might help to keep your pet in your home.
1. If you are surrendering your dog due to suspected allergies in the family.
2. You have just had a new baby and do not have the time for your dog.
3. My dog has become aggressive towards cats, dogs or people.
4. Financial difficulty
5. Moving to a smaller home
6. Divorce (life change)
7. Under socialized dog
DISCLAIMER: Freedom Dog Rescue, takes no responsibility for tried and failed possible solutions, we are only trying to offer solutions that may not have been tried or considered. Please contact your local veterinarian before making any decisions, as they are a wealth of information and can offer alternatives to surrendering your companion.
If you have tried everything that you can think of, including research on the internet and asking your vet, please know that most rescues have waiting lists. A rescue may be able to courtesy post your pet if you are able to keep your pet until it is adopted. Do your research about the rescue you are surrendering your dog to. Make sure they have a code of ethics that they follow, an adoption process and a contract as well as a return policy in the event of a failed adoption or life change. Sadly not all rescues are created equal, ask your local rescue if you can call their references such as past adopters. Satisfied adopters will let you know that you are doing the right thing, as they have been through the adoption process already. Please fill out our Owner Surrender Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to speak to someone at Freedom about surrendering your pet.
If you decide to surrender your dog to a shelter, please know there is a real possibility that your dog can be euthanized, and not always in a humane way. This is especially true of a dog with any aggressive or un-socialized behavior. Do your research about the shelter where you are intending to drop your family pet. Gassing shelters and heart stick shelters, which are more common in the states, do exist in Canada. Is this the way you want your pet and companion to leave this world?
If you would like to try and re-home your pet yourself, you can list your pet in classified ads and Kijiji ads BUT please NEVER list your pet for free. Even if you just request $100, it would show that the potential adopters are somewhat serious. Always make sure your pet is spayed or neutered prior to rehoming, otherwise a puppy mill/backyard breeder could pose as a loving family to adopt your pet and they could actually end up in a puppy mill. This is especially true for purebred dogs. Don’t be shy to ask for personal and veterinary references and even a home visit before handing over your pet. You can use our Home Visit Checklist for suggestions of things to look for in the new potential home.