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Surrendering Your Dog

We charge a non-refundable owner surrender fee for the dogs we take into our program. The owner surrender fee for intact adults is $50. The owner surrender fee for spayed or neutered adults and puppies under 6 months is $25. All surrenders over 4 months of age must provide up to date vaccination records.


Although we would love to help all dogs, we need to assess our current foster home situation along with other factors before making a decision. Filling out our owner surrender application does not guarantee that we will be able to re-home your dog. The process can take a couple of days up to a couple of weeks depending on foster availability.

Unsure about surrendering?

Giving up a dog that you can no longer care for may seem like a kindness, as you’d be giving that dog a chance at a new, better life. In actuality, most dogs are better off remaining in the home they know and love, if their owners can provide 15 minutes a day of attention, a safe environment, food and water.

We have included some common reasons for owner surrender and possible solutions below.

Next Steps

1.   Fill out the Owner Surrender Application. 

2.   After completing the application, you will be contacted by one of our volunteers via

      email. Please allow up to one week for a response from our team.

3.   Once your application is accepted your pet will need to pass an assessment.

4.   If the assessment goes well we will find a foster for your pet as quickly as possible.

      Medical records and owner surrender fee are required at time of surrender.

For questions regarding the application or the surrender process, email

Before You Surrender

Before You Surrender

Perhaps the most common reason for a dog being returned to the shelter is unwanted behavior. Whether it’s going potty inside, destructive separation anxiety, leash aggression, or any number of other behaviors that have you pulling out your hair, know that it can get better with training and, sometimes, with age. Older dogs tend to calm down a bit, and some bad behaviors can disappear over time. But as a dog parent, you need to be prepared to accept your dog’s flaws and work with them. Here are some common unwanted behaviors. You can click on them to find more information on how to train your pup and correct the problem.

If your training efforts don’t succeed or if you find that you are simply not up to the task of training your dog, you can find help from a dog training class or a personal dog trainer. Don’t get discouraged. Training can be a long process, but it’s very rewarding.

Not Getting Along With Children Or Other Pets?

If your dog has reactive behaviors, it’s important to understand the cause so you can correct the behavior. Your first instinct when a dog nips at a child or another beloved pet may be to get rid of him, but with training, time, and a positive environment, your dog can acclimate and start to relax. It’s also important for children to understand the do’s and don’ts of interacting with dogs, and make sure your pup can have some space during the training process. Some forms of aggression are easier to train away, while others take more time.

If your dog is aggressive to other dogs, you should read the advice provided here. If your dog is aggressive to people and children, you should click here for advice. In either case, it is best to consult a behaviorist to see what your options are for training.


A dog is a member of your family. You wouldn’t move to a place that doesn’t allow your child to be with you, would you? When selecting a home, a place that doesn’t allow your pup to come with should be a deal-breaker for you. Still, sometimes financial circumstances limit your options. It’s important to ask your potential landlord what you can do. Some will allow a dog to stay for an additional security deposit or monthly fee. If not, just try to realize that there are other housing options available to you. Some other place that allows dogs will come along. You can even use filters on most property search engines that will show only places that let pups come with you. It’s not worth surrendering your dog if you can find a place that allows dogs so easily.

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