Thinking of handing your dog in to rescue?
Giving up your beloved dog is never an easy decision to make, even when it's unavoidable. Many people who have to surrender their dogs to a shelter or new home never before imagined that they would be forced to make such a horrible choice. Feeling guilty is normal, but with some care the transition can be as smooth as possible for both you and your dog. We hope this article will somehow help you manage the rehoming process so that your dog has a better chance of finding the right new family quickly, and with minimal stress.
Time is of the essence
Time is the most important factor of all as it governs the number of options available to you - depending on your circumstances you may have a few months, or even just days to find your dog a new home. Once you have determined that you have no choice but to say goodbye to your dog, leave as much time as possible to find a new home - never wait until the last minute. The more time you have, the better your options. Carefully exploring your options will prevent problems down the line, and allow you to manage the rehoming process more efficiently. Most dog owners find three avenues the most promising: shelters, friends and acquaintainces, or temporary fostering.
Rescues and permanent rehoming shelters
Using a breed specific permanent rehoming centre like ourselves will ensure your dog has the best chance of adoption with the right family. Our staff are all volunteers and take great pride in what they do and give lots of love and affection to the dogs in our care. Although we may ask you why you need to give up your dog, rest assured that we are always sympathetic and want to help you as much as we can. We have the resources to know our intake, and are able to use your input to find a suitable new owner. Because we know so much about animal care, we are happy to accommodate any special needs your dog may have, as well as provide support to your dog's new owners if they need it. Most importantly we vet any prospective new owners to make sure they have adequate space and time to properly care for your dog. Home-checks are an integral part of the adoption process, therefore you can be confident that your dog will be sent to a safe, loving home. Getting your dog admitted can sometimes be difficult due to demand for space and may require you to wait a while or put your dog into boarding kennels first. We have a waiting list in place and all we ask for is a minimum £40 donation. Alternatively, we can help you rehome your dog whilst you continue to care for him or her via direct rehoming. We will not put healthy animals to sleep, while others may have varying euthanasia policies.
Coping with guilt
You wouldn't be making this decision if it weren't absolutely necessary, and it's important to take solace in the fact that you have done everything in your power to find your companion a new home. It's ok to ask for occasional updates on your pet if you would like to, but try not to linger too much on what could have been. After all we will find your dog a great home, you've set him or her up for many more happy years of kibble and cuddles.
Before you proceed please check out our section 'Is this the right thing to do?' to see if other options are available to you.