- Did you acquire your pet from a rescue organization, animal shelter, or breeder?
If so, you more than likely signed a contract stipulating that the pet can/should be returned if you decide or can no longer keep them. So you must first contact that organization.
- New baby in the home?
- Are you moving?
There are apartments, rental homes, and condos that accept pets. Many places will even allow you to spread a pet deposit over multiple months. Check out Pet-Friendly Rentals in our county!
- Are you being evicted?
Moving into housing that doesn't accept animals is stressful and a common occurrence. Please tap/click here to support services.
Also, consider asking a friend, coworker, family member to care for your pet on a temporary basis. That way, the animal can still be in your life!
- Don't have enough time for your dogs?
Experts agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with his/her owner each day to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted. Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life and even decrease the amount of medication you take - try to make time for your AND your dog.
- Are there behavioral issues?
Many problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. Please call our shelter directly to find out ways we can assist with this, 704-878-5424.
Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals, or are there other behavioral issues that have led to your decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can recommend a local trainer. Take a look at some of these wonderful ASPCA articles as well: