Giving up your dog
Life rarely goes according to plan. Sometimes we need to make tough decisions which can be difficult at the time but turn out for the best in the long run. If you are thinking of giving up your dog for adoption, then please call us on 0300 303 2188 or email us. Our staff are there to help, and will direct you to your nearest Dogs Trust rehoming centre, and they’ll advise you from there.
How to give up your dog
Step 1 – Call us on 0300 303 2188 or email us. We know that life has twists and turns along the way and that no one sets out getting a dog thinking they will have to give it up. Our fully-trained staff understand what a difficult call this could be. They’ll listen and will give you all the advice you need to make the right decision for your dog. We are only interested in doing what’s right for your dog, so there’s no need to feel awkward or embarrassed. We’ll be in touch within 72 hours to arrange an appointment, for a pre-intake assessment at your local centre. This normally happens within a few days but could be as soon as the next day.
For some people, we are able to give advice on managing the issue that has led to the dog needing a new home and this can change the situation for them. Whatever your worry; please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Step 2 – Once you’ve booked an appointment, visit your nearest rehoming centre. Bring your dog, together with any veterinary records you have, including vaccination certificates, and microchip details. If they have a favourite toy or blanket, please bring that too so they can feel right at home. This is just the pre-intake assessment and usually we wouldn’t take your dog at this point, though that could be an option.
If we don’t have a space free immediately, then we will ask you to wait until one becomes available. We’ll try our very best to help you and your dog but this may take a few weeks and we thank you for being patient with us. Our care is second-to-none so we promise it’ll be worth the wait.
‘I gave my dog for adoption after I had to change my job. It meant I was no longer home-based and I also had overnight stays. My dog developed problem behaviours and became so unsettled, it was horrible to see. I felt bad at the time but the right decision was to return him to Dogs Trust.
I’ve heard that he is now in the most wonderful home. It had got to the point where he wasn’t comfortable around other dogs and now he has a little doggy friend; and has someone that can give him the love and attention he deserves. It was hard but it was the best thing for him and I’m grateful to Dogs Trust for all that they did to give him a happy life, and for not making me feel judged at all through the process. They could not have been more supportive.’
Unfriendly or aggressive dogs
If you know your dog is a little unfriendly or aggressive towards other dogs we may ask you to wait longer, as we will need to find them a kennel to themselves. Usually our dogs share kennels, so waiting for a single occupancy kennel may take a little time. Our expert canine carers and behaviourists will do everything they can to make sure your dog is happy in their new environment.
Don’t think twice about coming in to see us
Please don’t tie your dog to the gate or leave him outside. It can be dangerous and distressing for your dog. It’s far better if you come in and speak to a member of staff, who is trained to provide support. Plus, if we can speak to you about your dog’s likes and dislikes, that helps us find them a great new owner even faster. The more we can understand about your dog, the sooner we can help them be adopted into a loving home.
Giving up your dog is free
Giving up your dog for adoption is free. It won’t cost you a penny.
If you would like to make a donation, no matter how large or small, you’re very welcome to but the most important thing is that anyone, whatever their income or personal situation, knows that we are ready to welcome them.
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