Need to Give Up Your Dog?
If you are looking to surrender your dog that you adopted from DAWG please contact us immediately to discuss your options.
Before you surrender your dog to a shelter please think about why you are considering giving up a family member. Are you: having a baby, moving, don’t have time for a dog or your dog is acting out. All of these reasons are NOT reasons to surrender your family member. They are managable with a little effort which will save your dogs life. You can contact one of the trainers we work with to discuss how to integrate your dog with a new baby or any behavior issues. Look into dog walkers or doggie day care if you’re away from home for long hours. If you need a place to live that allows pets ask a friend or check online resources such as craigslist.org for places that specifically allow pets.
The reality is that if you bring your dog to a kill shelter there is a good chance he won’t make it out alive. Every year millions of dogs die in shelters around the country because they cannot find homes. Spaying and neutering is critical to reduce the needless deaths of thousands of dog annually. There are very few no kill facilities meaning that shelters and privately held facilities do euthanize for space, they euthanize animals that the public has not shown any interest in and they euthanize animals with minor illnesses that are easily treated. The public is under the misguided impression when they surrender their dog to a shelter or facility that they will find a home. This leaves a heavy burden for rescues to save as many dogs as they can. Because of this DAWG is rarely able to take in owner surrenders that were not adopted from our shelter.
If you have a situation you feel is unavoidable and need to rehome your dog please e-mail us with a description of the dog including age, breed, medical needs, and behavioral needs and photos of the dog.
Please note, because we are the ONLY no-kill dog shelter on the Central Coast we are always very full and we often have a waiting list of several weeks to several months.