Surrendering Your Pet: Info


We consider educating the public about dogs, to be just as important as rescuing. Our goal is to keep as many dogs as we can, out of rescue and shelters and in the loving arms of their families.

Most people who contact us erroneously, think they would be doing their dog a huge favor by finding him a home that “has more time for him” or “can give him the home he deserves.” In actuality, most dogs are better off remaining in the home they know and love, if their owners can provide 15 minutes a day of attention, a safe environment, food and water.

If you can answer “YES” to any of the questions below, please take the time to explore those options before surrendering your pet.

Did you acquire him as a puppy from a breeder?

  • If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned if you decide to no longer keep him. Please contact your breeder first before contacting Pawsitive Restorations Animal Rescue.

Did you acquire your Dog from a Rescue Organization?

  • If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.

New baby in the family?


  • There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept medium and large breeds of dog. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent.  Here is a list of rentals that allow pets:

Think you don’t have enough time for your dog?

  • Experts in the animal field agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with his master per day, to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted! That could be simply spent laying in bed at night watching t.v. together, playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog! Surely you can spare 15 minutes per day.  Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life – make the time for you AND your dog.

Are there behavioral issues?

  • Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Send us an email – we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area. If you didn’t socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enroll him in obedience school. It’s fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time!

Experiencing financial issues?

Things to know before requesting to surrender your unwanted pet to PRAR:

Your unwanted pet is not a donation. There is NEVER a shortage of unwanted animals in our area. High-kill shelters are overflowing with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all ages, sizes and breeds. This includes purebred pets. PRAR gives priority to animals that are in those shelters. Owner surrenders are accepted only when space is available.

It is YOUR responsibility to care for your old, dying pet in their final days. Rescues are not free clinics for dogs and cats. We barely get by as it is. Vet care is part of pet ownership, just as pediatric care is part of parenting. If your pet is old and suffering, please, end that suffering. Yes, it is hard to do, but you have to look at the quality of the pet’s life. If they can no longer get around on their own, they are not enjoying their life. They deserve to have you, their family, be there at the end. They do not deserve to be handed over to strangers for their confusing last weeks/days of life. Please, do the right thing and take responsibility for your furry family member and euthanize them with dignity.

If accepted into PRAR, you lose all rights to your unwanted pet. You will not be able to visit, receive updates, or have any decision-making power in the pet’s future care and arrangements. If PRAR agrees to accept your pet into the program, you must complete an Owner Surrender Form that severs all ties between you and your unwanted pet.

Your unwanted dog must be social and non-aggressive with people and other dogs. It would be nice if we had a magic wand to wave and make every dog non-aggressive. Unfortunately, no such wand exists, and sometimes, bad genes, poor training, or lack of socialization combine to create an unpredictable dog who will bite. Certainly, not all dogs that bite once are vicious, but don’t endanger others by not taking responsibility for your own dog.

If your unwanted pet is not already “fixed”, a monetary donation is requested (but not required) to help offset the cost of your pet’s needed vet care. While every dog we adopt out is spayed/neutered and current on vaccines, we are a non-profit group that cannot pay for all of your unwanted pet’s needs without your help. We request that you make a donation to cover the spay/neuter expense and/or the cost to make vetting current. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please explain your situation in your email. PRAR will consider your circumstances. If any questions are left unanswered, it will prolong the review process. If we have any further questions, we will contact you by phone or by email.

Even though PRAR is an all- and mixed-breed rescue, we are foster-home-based and cannot accept all breeds at all times. If PRAR is unable to take your pet into the adoption program, visit for the contact info of other local rescues or email us again in a few months.

If you still want to find your pet a new home, please complete the Animal Surrender Request Form below with as much detail as possible.