For a pet, few things are more traumatic than losing his or her family. The sad reality is, if a dog goes into a shelter, there is a good chance he or she may never be adopted. Additionally, in a shelter that has run out of space, the kennel your pet takes up may mean death for another who has now run out of time. For these reasons, please weigh this decision carefully.
Things to Consider:
Considering surrendering your dog because of problem behavior?
- First, discuss the problem with your vet. They can rule out medical issues and suggest training methods or medication.
- Is your pet spayed or neutered? Getting them fixed can have a dramatic impact on behaviors. Please contact us if you need assistance.
- Consult with a professional dog trainer. There is almost no behavior that can’t be modified with the help of a qualified trainer.
Keep in mind that if you don’t want to deal with the problem, a stranger won’t want to deal with it either. In the end, if you don’t solve the problem, the pet might be considered unadoptable and killed. That cute puppy you adopted a year ago is now an out-of-control adult because you didn’t train him, and he is not going to be appealing to someone else either. Do what you can to fix the problems before surrendering or re-homing your pet.
Have your pet spayed or neutered before they leave your care. If you re-home them without being fixed, you may be responsible for many other lives being lost.