SURRENDERING YOUR DOG
The decision to surrender your dog to rescue should never be taken lightly.
Unfortunately, life sometimes throws us a curve – divorces, deaths, ill health, changes in employment or financial situations, etc. And sometimes we discover we are simply not able to provide the proper loving home and care that a pet deserves, or that we’re not able to cope with a pet’s behavior.
In the latter case, we encourage you to explore the following before making “the decision”.
Has your dog been thoroughly checked by a veterinarian to rule out health issues that may cause a housebreaking problems or aggression problems? Your dog may have a urinary tract infection or in the case of female dogs, they occasionally become incontinent from early spaying – relatively inexpensive medication is available. Dogs can be stoic creatures and don’t always obviously show signs of injury or illness. But if he or she has a sore back, broken or infected tooth, ear infection , etc. and is handled the wrong way, they may appear to be “aggressive” because they’re in pain.
If your dog becomes aggressive or ‘cranky’ with children, is it possible your child(ren) inadvertently mistreat the dog? Young children can innocently but easily hurt or frighten a small dog by approaching too assertively, “hugging” too hard, picking the dog up the wrong way, trying to take away food or treats, etc. Children must be taught to respect and understand dog behavior.
For other behavioral issues, you might consider obedience training, a dog behavior trainer (check references and credentials!) or even agility – sometimes dogs need a LOT more exercise and mental challenge than we realize! Many humans do, too, so it might be an opportunity to exercise and challenge both of you while bonding with your dog.
Despite this, you may decide there is no option and you accept the reality that your dog would be better cared for with a new owner. If so, we will do our best to find a foster home within our approved volunteer group. You must complete a Surrender Form which is a legally binding contract giving full ownership and responsibility for the dog to Chihuahua Rescue and Referral. It allows us to provide veterinary care and legally adopt the dog to a carefully pre-screened home.
All our rescue dogs are vet-checked, spayed/neutered and brought up to date on vaccinations (as necessary) before being placed for adoption. If you are able to make a surrender donation, it will go towards the veterinary and other costs that Chihuahua Rescue and Referral will incur for your dog.
Please provide notes about your dog’s habits, daily routine, feeding schedule etc. as well as your dog’s belongings, bed, leash, harness, toys, supply of food, and veterinary records and medications to make his or her transition to a foster and ‘forever’ home an easier one.
To surrender your dog, please e-mail (click here) with your location, contact information and a brief description of your dog (name, gender, age, weight, shot record, spayed/neutered, health or behavioral issues) and a photo, if possible. This will help us start asking for foster homes, and we’ll do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.
Please understand we may not have room for every dog AND CANNOT ACCEPT AGGRESSIVE DOGS. We may be able to refer you to another Rescue, if we have no available foster homes. See our "Rescue Help" pager (click here).