Midwest Small Breed Rescue

surrender

First and foremost, pets are living creatures, capable of fear, love, pain, loneliness, and joy. They should never be considered disposable property, they should be considered members of the family.

We've heard just about every reason why people want to surrender their dog: moving, don't have time, having a baby, shedding, barking, health problems, behavioral problems,... the list continues to grow. There are VERY FEW valid reasons to abandon your pet and none of those listed above are among them.

Plain and simple, alternatives and solutions may exist for many of the health concerns, training issues and time constraints that generally lead folks to consider surrendering their dog.

The BEST solution, barring a true medical or aggression issue, is for you to take responsibility for your pet and try and find the resources to keep your dog. Rescues have always been overwhelmed and the economy has only increased the problem to unbelievable proportions. None of the rescues receive funding and are run by volunteers who have jobs, families, and pets of their own to care for.

You owe it to your pet to exhaust all other means before deciding to give them up.

If your dog's health is failing, and he/she is suffering, please consider euthanasia. Please don't send your dog to a shelter or us just to be euthanized. It is your responsibility to make decisions that are in your dog's best interest, as hard as that may be. If your pet's time has come, let him/her pass peacefully in your arms, and not on a cold table with a stranger.

While you ponder the decision to surrender your dog, we strongly suggest you to take a few moments to review this article: Can I keep my pet after all? http://www.wonderpuppy.net/canwehelp/index.html. On these pages, you will find advice and solutions to help you keep your pet. It only takes a few minutes of your time and you may be very surprised at what you read.

After reviewing this information, if you are still sure you need to release your pet, we will consider accepting the dog into our rescue only if it is a WELL TEMPERED, HEALTHY small dog under 20 pounds.

We do not accept any animals that are dangerous to the general public and reserve the right to ask for a professional evaluation at the owner's expense.

We ask for a minimum donation of $100 to cover basic medical and food expenses.

If you need to surrender your small breed dog (under 20 pounds) please send us an email explaining your situation. If MSBR should approve your request, we require proof of your dog's spay or neuter and that they are up to date on all shots and a heartworm check. You will also need to fill out a surrender form and mail it to us.

Midwest Small Breed Rescue • P.O. Box 36035 • Grosse Pointe, MI 48236