Sometimes the decision to part with a pet can be simple frustration with
a behavior or issues requiring training. Before you give up you
might want to investigate getting some training. If training is
the issue, contact us for
help with and suggestions with the behavior issue before things get to the point that you are
ready to surrender your pet.
If, for any reason, you have made that final decision in
parting with your pet, here are some suggestions that will allow you to
place them in a wonderful home. If you are unable to place that
pet or circumstances make it the only option you will find our surrender
information on this page as well.
Advertise through friends, neighbors, and local veterinarians
first; then try the newspaper, if all else fails. A
carefully worded classified advertisement in your local or
regional paper, or online at PetFinder, EBayClassified Ads or Craigs list will generally work - it may take time; however. Please
do not give your pet away "free to a good home." You
have invested time, energy, love as well as provided for basic
needs and medical care. Asking a small fee ($75 to $200) will not deter good
families but may stop unscrupulous folks. Even if you
waive the fee once you find that perfect home, asking a fee very
often helps to eliminate those who are not looking to the best
interest of the animal.
Ask Questions -
Your work does not end when an interested caller phones. Do not
be shy about asking questions. These are all questions that
animal shelters ask prospective adopters in order to find the
- Find out if
they have children
- What do they
expect of this new pet?
- Have they
had other pets?
- What do they
expect to pay yearly for this pet's care?
- Where will
the pet be during the day and evening?
- If your pet
has special needs or behavior issues ensure that they have
the proper knowledge to deal with those situations.
desirable dogs are:
- Will your
pet get along with small children?
- Will your
pet get along with other pets?
- Is the
family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch
- Will the cat
be kept only as a mouser?
- Does the
family have a veterinary reference?
We encourage you
to visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel
for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain
that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make
sure she will be cared for properly and that you want to see how
the animal responds to the new home.
Ask for a valid
form of identification (preferably a driver's license). Record
the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a
contract stating the requirements of adoption on which both
parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to
contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must
give up the pet.
Always Spay or
Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the
new home and be prepared to share all medical and behavior
information with the new adopter.
Portland Oregon Spay & Neuter Assistance.
Ensure that you
clearly disclose, in writing, any behavioral issues; such as food or fear
aggression. Finding the right family fit for your pet is one of the
most important things you can do. Make sure that the family you find
is prepared for specific responsibilities your pet brings into their family
dynamic. For instance, a family with very young children may not be the best
fit for a very frightened or timid dog, nor would be the right fit for a
aggressive or extremely dominate dog.
Your Pet to Displaced Pets
- If relinquishment seems to be the best option you are welcome to contact
us. We need to understand the situation and your pet in order to be
able to place them in the best loving home possible. Our first
priority is to attempt to help you in overcoming the issues you are having.
Dogs can't talk,
so they can't tell us where or whom they would like to live. To ensure
that their home is a safe, happy and appropriate place we need you to fill
out this form in as much detail as possible. Detailed and honest
information from you is crucial to the process, so please fill this out with
care and accuracy.
and medical issues do not necessarily create problems in placement,
however, not disclosing those problems definitely does.
Dishonest or incomplete responses can undermine the safety and
happiness of your dog and the new adopting family.
are questions that are unclear or that you are uncomfortable
answering, please ask. We do our best in finding the right
home for your pet, do your best in enabling us to do that by giving
us as much detail as possible in your answers.
We are a small rescue so
we have to be very strict in these policies. The following are
conditions of dogs who cannot be considered for surrender.
- Animals with a
history of biting humans, or have been attack-trained
- A pet showing
very aggressive or unsociable behavior during the initial
examination determines that the animal is physically unsuitable
If you change your mind
after you pet has been surrendered - Please contact us to discuss
options that may be available to reclaim your pet. Note, once a pet has been
place with a new family you will not be able to reclaim it. If your
pet is still in our system you do have options for reclaim, dependant on our
approval. No animal
is released from Displaced Pets Rescue without being spayed or neutered. If
you choose to reclaim your pet you will be responsible for the expenses we
requested donation to Displaced Pets Rescue for
surrendering your pet to us is $175.
This donation is used to help cover costs of Vet, food, bedding, cleaning
products, electricity, drinking water, toys and much much more.
surrendering your pet, keep in mind the health issues
that they may have that need to be taken care of before they can be placed.
Things to consider are if the need a dental, are they spay/neutered, are
they current on their vaccinations, and if they are older than 8 they will
need a senior blood panel before dental or spay/neuter.
Also, please consider the age of your pet. Generally a dog that is older
than 9 years takes much longer to place.
A dog that is over 10 may be here for several months to a year and one that is
over 13 may remain here the rest of their lives. Also keep in mind the
breed of your pet. For instance, Chihuahuas and Terriers take much
longer to place than other breeds. Please remember that senior dogs
don't do well with transitions and with your senior surrender they will not
only have a longer a longer stay here, they will have to transition again
into another home.
We are a 501(c)(3)
Non-profit Corporation so your surrender donation is tax deductible.
Email me with the following
Note that we are strictly limited to
dogs under 10 lbs.
NOTE: The dog must be brought to us and we are located in the Pacific Northwest, near to Portland Oregon.
and actual weight of the dog. Weight must be accurate.
of the pet.
long have you had the pet, where you got the pet and how many homes has
this pet had.
history and any known health issues.
the dog been spay/neutered, current on vaccinations and had a recent
Behavioral history - has the dog bitten and drawn blood recently - when
and what was the circumstances.
this dog have a history of biting.
Describe the dogs behavior with children, other people, other dogs, cats
this dog been house trained and crate trained. Describe to what
level of dependency.
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