Tips on surrendering a dog to a privately run rescue organization


Privately run rescue organizations generally rely on foster homes, although some have kennels. Others, as is the case with DogsOnly, may require you to keep your dog while they work to find a suitable new home. You'll need to provide your pet's veterinary records, and be prepared to provide honest, detailed temperament information about your dog. Describing Fido as"good with kids" when "good at nipping kids" is a better description doesn't help anyone, and has the potential for tragedy.

Some rescuers attempt to find homes in the area, others are willing to send a dog cross country, either to a new home or to another rescue organization who agrees to take responsibility for the dog until a suitable home is found. The amount of time a dog spends with a rescue group varies from a few weeks to many months. Ask the rescue group how often your dog will be shown for adoption.  Many dogs are adopted through the Internet, but in terms of overall numbers this is rare.  Your dog has the best chance of a timely adoption if the group has a regular public adoption showing. Many groups reserve the first few weeks with a dog for assessing its personality and needs before they will make it available for adoption. Be wary of any rescuer who regularly takes in pets and immediately send them to a new home. Other things to ask a rescue group before you surrender your dog to them: Ask them for a vet reference. Call the vet. Ask whether they recommend the rescuer, how familiar they are with the rescuer and how long they have been working with the rescuer. If you are surrendering your dog to a foster home visit the facility where your dog will be kept. Ask how carefully the foster homes are screened. Ask about the rescue group's financial status. Unfortunately some rescuers have demonstrated an inability to say no to any dog, whether they have the resources to care for it on a day-to-day basis or not. Ask about their plans in case of an emergency.
We understand that there are circumstances under which it may become impossible for you to keep your dog, and we will do everything we can to help you find a suitable new home.  DogsOnly does not maintain foster home, and so you will have to keep the dog with you until we can find a new owner, but rest assured that if your dog is accepted into the program, our efforts to locate your dog will be vigorous.


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