Owner Surrender

We believe that pet ownership is a commitment that lasts for the life of your pet. However, we do understand that there are some circumstances that may prevent you from being able to keep your animal, and we are here to help you through this difficult time.

If you can answer “YES” to any of the questions below, please take the time to explore those options before surrendering your dog.

Did you acquire him as a puppy from a breeder?
If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned if you decide to no longer keep him. If you do not want to keep your dog, contact your breeder first.

Did you acquire your Dog from a Rescue Organization?
If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.


Are there behavioral issues?
Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Send us an email – we can most likely recommend a trainer. If you didn’t socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enroll him in obedience school. It’s fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time!


Please be aware that we’re a network of foster homes and volunteers without a building, and with limited resources. Before accepting any dogs into our foster care program, they must be matched with an appropriate foster home. This is why it is crucial that you provide as much detailed information about the dog as possible, as well as a high quality picture.

We request a minimum $50 surrender donation, at the time of intake as well, in order to help offset some of the costs associated with accepting your dog.  Please note that surrenders are only accepted with an appointment, not at events. Paws It Forward has the right to refuse to accept your animals at our discretion.  FAQ for surrenders


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