Surrender a dog
At this time SDR is not accepting surrender applications.
In the meantime here are a few suggestions we recommend you follow:
- Consider contacting a behaviorist or a dog trainer before surrendering your dog if you are surrendering due to behavior problems. (see our Training Resources page for recommendations)
- If you are unable to keep your dog, try to find a trustworthy friend or relative to care for your dog until we can find placement at SDR.
- PLEASE do not take your dog to a public shelter or Humane Society where they could be evaluated and deemed "unadoptable". Many dogs are euthanized because they are seen as "too old", "too sick", or "too difficult to care for". Many of our most successful adoptions have taken place with dogs that would have been euthanized in a public shelter.
- Remind yourself that you are your dog's guardian. They depend upon you for their entire safety and well-being. They are used to a secure life with you. When brought to a public shelter, they are placed in an unfamiliar environment, often in a small kennel with a metal or concrete floor, and left alone for many hours. This experience can be traumatizing for a dog and instill fear that is both heartbreaking and unnecessary.
- Inquire about surrender opportunities with other local no-kill rescues.