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Thinking of surrendering your pet?

We understand that life can throw unexpected challenges your way, and there may come a time when caring for your dog becomes difficult. Our primary concern is to prevent people from resorting to desperate measures like giving or selling their dog to strangers. Without the thorough vetting and home checks conducted by rescue groups, dogs may end up in potentially harmful environments. Our goal is to ensure that your beloved companion finds the loving home they truly deserve.

Before making the tough choice to surrender, rehome, or sell your dog, we encourage you to reach out to us. We may have solutions and suggestions that could help you keep your dog as a cherished part of your family. While we can't promise miracles, our extensive experience with a variety of situations allows us to provide valuable insights and alternatives to relinquishing your dog.

Surrender Process


Submit an Application

If the decision has been made to surrender your pet, please complete the surrender form.


Application Review

Our team will assess your application to determine the availability of an open foster spot and the suitability of your dog for our rescue.


Our Decision

Once our team has completed the review and a decision is made, we will contact you to coordinate next steps.


  • What does my adoption fee include?
    Your $150-$750 adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines current to the age of the dog/puppy. If you adopt a puppy under six months old, a refundable deposit for a spay/neuter is required. This is to ensure all of our puppies are set up for success in their new homes.
  • Can you hold a dog for me?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve dogs. Our process operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and we schedule meet and greets with approved applicants accordingly. If you have your heart set on a dog, please complete the application promptly. If there is an adoption event, we suggest arriving early to increase your chances.
  • Do you offer discounted rates?
    We do not provide discounted adoption rates. As a nonprofit organization, our adoption fees directly support essential expenses such as medical bills, training, food, and the overall care of dogs in need.
  • When should I expect to hear back after I apply?
    Given the high volume of daily emails we receive, we strive to respond promptly, usually within 1-3 business days. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
  • Do you know the history of my dog?
    Unfortunately, a significant number of the dogs we rescue come from shelters as strays or with minimal background information after being surrendered by their owners. We make every effort to provide any available history in their profiles. When information is lacking, we prioritize sharing details about their personalities, health, and training, based on their progress within our program.
  • When will I receive my dogs's paperwork?
    Within three days of adoption, we will email our welcome letter, paperwork, verification of contact information, etc. If for some reason you need the paperwork sooner, please email and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • How do I license my dog?
    Rules and requirements for adoption can vary depending on your location, and we may not be able to stay updated on all the specific regulations for every area we serve. To ensure accurate information, we recommend reaching out to your local animal services department for confirmation.
  • Is my dog microchipped?
    We microchip all the dogs that come into our care. If you adopted your dog from DAFR, then they are most likely microchipped. However, if you're unsure, we recommend taking your dog to the vet to get scanned for a microchip. If you find that your dog is not microchipped, we strongly suggest getting it done as soon as possible. Microchipping is a simple and effective way to ensure your pet can be identified and reunited with you if they ever get lost.
  • Is my dog potty trained?
    We may not have immediate information about a dog's housebreaking habits, as shelter conditions often limit our knowledge. Details about a dog's behavior at home typically become clear once they are in a foster or adopter's environment. Adjusting to a new home and routine can sometimes lead to initial accidents, but most dogs adapt within a few days.
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