Understanding Owner Surrender
If you are considering having
Canine Connections re-home your dog, PLEASE READ
THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY so that you
fully understand all the options available to you.
We understand that the decision to give up a pet is
rarely one that dog lovers make easily. Whatever the reason for this
heartbreaking decision, we commend you for trying to do the right thing
for your dog. We want to mention two very disturbing facts before we
explain our own policies here at Canine Connections.
Please be aware that many shelters are so
over-crowded that "owner turn-ins" are the first to be
euthanized to make space for the strays that must be kept a specified
number of days in order that their owners are given time to locate
them. If you must take your pet to a shelter, try and find a
Free to Good Home Ads in the newspaper and on the
Internet are NOT A GOOD IDEA! This is often how bait dogs (used
in dog fighting) are located, as well as pets used in medical
testing. We would not wish that end to come to any animal.
As Canine Connections has grown, we are receiving more and more requests to take
in dogs that come from owners and private individuals. In the past Canine
Connections has been able to accommodate many of these requests. However, our primary focus has
always been to take in dogs from
high-kill shelters where Canine Connections may be their only chance at
surviving. With limited openings in our all-volunteer rescue which we
operate out of our homes rather than at a physical facility, coupled with an increasing number of individuals requesting
that we take in dogs, we have revised our surrender policy.
Canine Connections may be able to assist in the process if you are willing to complete
this Application to Surrender (below). After we have received the application, we will call or e-mail you
to discuss the information provided in the application. If we decide
that we can help you, we will handle it one of 2 ways.
Our Courtesy Postings are dogs that are still living with their owners but need to find a new home.
A digital picture of the dog is required. We will list
your dog's photo and description on our
web site as a courtesy post and list your name and contact information (telephone number and/or e-mail address).
If you wish for Canine
Connections to screen any applicants, Canine Connections Rescue would be listed as the contact. However this option must be agreed to by both the surrendering party and
Canine Connections. And if this option is agreed to, we will require an
adoption Contract and our standard adoption fee from any applicant that we screened and forwarded to you whom ended up adopting the dog.
IN VERY RARE INSTANCES, DEPENDING ON EVALUATION AND THE AVAILABILITY OF A FOSTER HOME,
CANINE CONNECTIONS MAY TAKE A DOG INTO OUR PROGRAM FROM THE OWNER.
If you'd prefer this application to surrender sent to you via the post
office or via email, Email
Us to Request an Application. Of course, we will need a complete
Owner Surrender Application
Any Application not completed IN FULL will not be processed.
Also we do ask for a donation to our rescue in appreciation for helping you
re-home your dog and so that we may continue to help others in need.