If you're considering surrendering your pet, but you're torn because you don't want to relinquish them to an animal shelter, we suggest you try the following items listed below first.
- Have you spoken to friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who might consider taking your pet? Ask them if they know of anyone who is looking for a pet.
- If buying food is the issue, local food pantries also offer assistance with pet food. Please consult your county government, local church or food pantry in your area for further details.
- If veterinary expenses are the problem, talk to your vet and discuss what services are absolutely necessary, and which ones can maybe wait.
- Visit the American Humane Societies website: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/animals/pa-pro-foreclosure-homeowner-tips.pdf. They have a "Tips for Homeowners" with pets who are facing foreclosure.
- If your pet is just not adjusting or seems hard to handle, consider taking your pet to an obedience class or consult a professional trainer.
- You must be the legal owner of the animal you are surrendering, and the pet must have been in your custody for the past 30 days.
- You will need to fill out our Owner Surrender Form, include a picture of the pet, and submit via email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . email@example.com.
- Once we have received your Owner Surrender form we will call you or contact you via email to further discuss your situation.
- An appointment will be made for you, your pet, and a volunteer from Magnificent Mutts at our preferred veterinarian's office. At this appointment, the overall health and disposition of your pet will be assessed. **Magnificent Mutts reserves the right to not accept animals we feel would not be suitable for rehoming.**
- All medical records and information about the health and care of your pet should be brought to the veterinarian's appointment. This will help us assess the overall health of your pet, and also prevents unnecessary expenses.
- Although it is difficult, a lot of people surrender their pets when they are elderly or sick, and the only option might be euthanasia. Euthanasia fees will be at the owner's expense.
- Dogs For Life has a $50 surrender fee oper dog. This fee helps provide food, shelter, and other expenses for the animal until itwe can find a new home. Please consult the chart below.
**Dogs For Life reserves the right to not accept animals we feel would not be suitable for adoption.**