Section 4: Surrendering
Before we start, many surrender situations arise due to Military Deployment.
<Dogs on Deployment's Pet Chit Program may help.
- I have a dog I want to surrender. What should I do?
- Is there a fee to surrender my dog?
- My dog got loose and bit my neighbor. He’s demanding that I find a new home for the dog or put him to sleep. Will you take him?
- You’ve agreed to take my 8 year old GSD, but I’ve heard that some rescues euthanize dogs they have trouble placing.
- I love my dog and I’m just sick about giving him up. Is there anyway I could get some follow-up on him?
- If I sign your surrender papers, then I don’t have to move or my brother can take the dog after all, do I HAVE to give her to MAGSR?
MAGSR Frequently Asked Questions
I have a dog I want to surrender. What should I do?
Please call or e-mail MAGSR to discuss your particular placement. We do not automatically take every dog, although we do take as many as we feel we can place--as long as we have the funds to cover it.
To increase your dog’s chances of being accepted into our program and adopted, here are some tips:
a) Notify us in plenty of time. Don’t wait until the week before you need him placed. Some people understandably delay the decision--often hoping their situation will change or they’ll find someone they trust to take the dog. But don’t count on that happening.
b) Plan to keep the dog at your house until we find a home. It’s easier for us and better for the dog. When our foster slots are all filled, then we can only take your dog if you can keep him until he’s placed.
c) Spay or neuter your dog. Get him current on shots. If she isn’t housebroken, work on it. In short, do everything you can to make him more adoptable.
d) Be available with the dog. If you have the dog at home and we make an appointment to see him, please be there to introduce us. Plan to bring your dog to MAGSR adoption functions.
Begin the surrender process HERE
Is there a fee to surrender my dog?
We do not charge a surrender fee, although we do ask for a donation whenever possible. Most people do make a donation at the time of surrender--and often follow up with a second donation later.
My dog got loose and bit my neighbor. He’s demanding that I find a new home for the dog or put him to sleep. Will you take him?
No. We cannot assuming the liability of a dog known to be aggressive to people. However, if you do not want your dog euthanized, there are a limited number of alternatives--please contact us to discuss the situation.
You’ve agreed to take my 8 year old GSD, but I’ve heard that some rescues euthanize dogs they have trouble placing.
Some rescues do; we do not. We euthanize only for the same reasons you would--a medical condition or deterioration too grave to correct.
I love my dog and I’m just sick about giving him up. Is there anyway I could get some follow-up on him?
Absolutely. Just call or e-mail MAGSR. We’ll be happy to pass along an update. Of course, we can’t give you private adoption information (unless the new owners are agreeable), but we can tell you all about his new home and how he’s doing.
If I sign your surrender papers, then I don’t have to move or my brother can take the dog after all, do I HAVE to give her to MAGSR?
Absolutely not. The goal is to find a good home for your dog--if you’re able to do that, terrific! Obviously, if we’ve already placed the dog, life gets more complicated. But if the dog is still living with you and you change your mind, that’s fine.
Begin the surrender process here
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