Resources for Rehoming Your Dog
Love And Puppy Paws is a foster-based rescue, which means we can only accept dogs into our rescue if we have space in a foster home or if you are able to foster until the dog is adopted. We do not have a facility to intake animals into like a standard shelter environment, which means we assess which dogs we will be able to accept into our rescue on a case-by-case basis. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it is necessary for us to prioritize the dogs we take into our rescue. Shelter dogs in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. We are unable to take cats or kittens into our rescue at this time.
If you are looking to rehome your dog, we always recommend that you first try to find a new home for them before considering surrendering to a shelter. Finding a new home for your dog allows you to play an important role in the next chapter of their life.
By responsibly choosing a new home for your dog they will be much less stressed and confused by avoiding a stay at the shelter, and you will be helping save space in our rescue for animals who truly need our help.
Surrendering your dog to the shelter should be your last resort, so consider finding them a suitable new owner, completing a home check, and also verifying vet records to ensure your dog is going to be taken care of in their new home.
If you decide that rehoming your dog is the best option, keep in mind that despite the best efforts of shelters and rescues to care for their animals, your home is usually the best place for your dog while you search for an adopter. By taking on the task of finding your dog a home, you can also reduce competition for limited space and resources in shelters or rescues, and prevent overcrowded animal control facilities from needing to euthanize for space.
Before requesting LAPP Dog Rescue to help rehome your dog, you must provide vet records showing the dog is spayed/neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, is on heartworm prevention and have a recent heartworm test showing heartworm status.
If you choose to surrender your dog, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the dog to Love And Puppy Paws Dog Rescue. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the dog to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.
Steps to surrender your dog to LAPP Dog Rescue:
1. Fill out the Owner Surrender Form through link below
2. Email full body pictures and vet records for the dog you are requesting to surrender to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Once we have received and reviewed the owner surrender form, photos, and vet records, a LAPP Dog Rescue representative will contact you to discuss the surrender of your dog if we are able to help.
Here are some tips for placing your pet in a loving new home.
Make your dog more attractive to potential adopters. Have your pet vaccinated, spayed/neutered, on flea and heartworm prevention, and checked by a veterinarian.
Advertise through friends, neighbors and local veterinarians. Your personal network is the best pool of adopters for your dog. Ask your veterinarian if you can place a poster advertising your dog’s need for a new home. Place flyers promoting your pet at work, school, church and other public places you frequent. Include a good-quality photo and appealing description of your dog.
Leverage your social network. Post your dog’s photo and story and ask your friends to share it on their social media profiles.
Be transparent with potential adopters. Be prepared to share details about your dog's personality and how they get along with other pets and people. Share your dog’s favorite things and not-so-favorite things. And share any medical or behavior issues your dog is experiencing so that potential new owners will have the information they need to determine if your dog would be a good fit for their family and if they can afford extensive veterinary care if needed.
Get help from shelters and rescue groups. Some sheltering and rescue organizations may post your pet’s picture and profile on their website as a courtesy listing, while your dog stays in your home. Your local agencies may have other programs to help you rehome your dog.