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Things to Think About before Surrender:
There is a $25 Surrender Fee per animal.
Please know that if you re-home an aggressive dog & it bites someone, you can still be sued even though you are no longer the owner, because you knowingly passed on an aggressive dog. Everytime a dog is re-homed, their stress level goes up, increasing his/her aggresiveness.
If surrendering a particular dog is being considered because of a behavioral problem, health concern, or increasing age, it should be noted that this is merely passing the problem on. Problem dogs are not typically adoptable and failure to disclose a problem is unfair, both to the shelter, and the dog itself. No one would want an aging parent to live their last years in a small nursing home room with a concrete floor & walls, a blanket on the floor, & limited access to the bathroom to relieve their bladder. Please don't expect your pet to do the same. Senior animals are less adoptable than younger ones.
What this is meaning is if you have two dogs, and must get rid of one, keep the one with the problem and work with it, let the more adoptable dog be placed in the shelter. If you must get rid of a problem dog be upfront and honest with the shelter.
What to Bring to the Assessment:
Although you do not need to bring anything with you when you surrender a dog, there are some items you should bring to make your dog more comfortable in the shelter, and some items which may even help your dog to be more adoptable.
Veterinarian Records: A dog who is up to date on its vaccinations can be placed into adoption fairly quick with no expense to the shelter. If the dog has any medical needs a short note from the vet explaining those needs should be included.
Food: A sudden switch to a new food often results in stomach upset.
Medication: Flea & Heartworm medication that was prescribed for your dog
Toys: If your dog has some beloved toys, bringing them will help it feel more at home.
Bed and Crate: As above if the dog has anything familiar it will be more relaxed in this transition. The shelter can mark some items as belonging to your dog.
Written Description of Dogs Daily Routine: This will prove very helpful to anyone who adopts the dog, or provides foster care for it. By sticking fairly close to the routine you followed, they can understand the dogs patterns and not run into problems brought about by confusion and change. This should include when it eats, how much, how many times it goes out, favorite toys, does it sleep in the crate or on the bed, and so forth. What kind of training does it have? Does it know tricks or commands?
Your Honesty: No dog is perfect, some dig, some bark, others may not be house trained. There are owners willing to work with problem dogs if they know the dog has a problem. Being honest about a dogs good, and bad, traits will help the shelter find it a permanent home.
Money: Yes, most shelters ask for a relinquishment fee when accepting surrendered dogs. This is because they are usually non-profit. Some shelters will accept pets even if their owner cannot pay the relinquishment fee, but would appreciate any financial consideration.