SURRENDERING AN OWNED OR FOUND DOG TO A RESCUE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Whether you found a dog, or own a dog that you want to re-home, we hope that these tips will help you get started on the right foot.
The first thing to understand is that most rescues are short on fosters and funds. Offering either of these things will help your chances of getting the dog into a rescue.
Save-An-Angel will usually only take in owner surrenders if the owner is willing to keep them until a loving home is found, the owner makes a generous donation or a foster home is available. If the surrendered dogs are over 6 months old they must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Heart worm positive dogs are evaluated on a case by case basis. Once the dogs are deemed healthy and adoptable (see notes about temperament below) the dog is then place in a home. The adoption fee goes back to Save-An-Angel.
Save-An-Angel will usually only take in found dogs, if the person who found the dog is willing to keep them until a loving home is found. This is due to the fact that we don’t always have fosters waiting in the wings, however we are always happy to consider helping people who take the time and effort to rescue and care for a dog. Once the dogs are deemed healthy and adoptable (see notes about temperament below) the dog is then place in a home. The adoption fee goes back to Save-An-Angel.
If you cannot keep the dog, we recommend you take the dog to the nearest shelter. Get 3 clear pictures of the dog and the kennel number. Next, share that info everywhere you can think of. Facebook, craigslist, Instagram and fliers are great places to network dogs that need rescue. Most groups leave their foster homes open for urgent animals, so if you can’t keep the dog your best bet is to network them until a rescue that has space is found.
Save-An-Angel has a no aggression policy. This means we will not take in dogs that have a history of aggression towards people; food, toys or other animals. If you surrender a dog with a history of aggression to SAA and the dog injures someone, you could be held liable. Please protect yourself and the community by being honest and disclosing all behavioral issues in advance. We are always happy to recommend a trainer or resources that might help you and your dog stay together.
We are always happy to accept requests. If you have a dog you’d like to surrender, please send us an email with as many details as possible Including the age of the dog; location, health info, if it’s up to date on vaccinations, chipped or has any history of aggression. Again, we temperament test dogs before they are accepted into rescue and we will not consider dogs with a history of aggression of any kind.