Updated May 14, 2014
Few things are more traumatic for a dog than losing his/her family.
Regardless the reason, you should follow a few guidelines to ensure your dog is placed in
a safe home.
If you are considering surrendering your dog because of problem behavior:
1 Is the dog spayed or neutered? This simple procedure
can have a dramatic impact on some behaviors, and there are
low-cost spay/neuter operations in the Central Ohio
Keep in mind that if you don't want to deal with the problem, a
stranger won't want to deal with it either -- and might even become abusive to the dog.
If you are considering surrendering your dog for any other reason:
1 Be responsible enough to have any dog spayed/neutered
before he/she leaves your care.
2 Post a flier with the dog's picture, height, weight, breed, personality traits, at your vet office, groomers, pet stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, work place etc.
3 Contact a dog rescue group for assistance and advice. There are breed specific rescues. Rescue groups get many calls every day of people wanting to surrender their dog who is like their "child" and must deal with good and bad reasons for surrendering of dogs...You must help yourself to help this dog. Rescues can only do so much. We are regular working people just like you, who do rescue because we love dogs. Rescue is a volunteer activity and rescue people commit countless hours helping homeless dogs.
4 Contact local shelters/humane societies about their owner surrender policies. Remember, if you must place your dog in another home, you are in a better position to do this than most rescue groups. Knowing the dog's temperament, you can screen potential families and identify the best match for your dog. And you can ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible, without time spent in strange/temporary/stressful circumstances.
You are in the best position to find your dog a new home that is right for him (and be
sure his new family feels the same way).
Central Ohio has many individuals who abuse and neglect animals. There is an active network in central Ohio that funnels hundreds of pets from "free to good home" fliers and ads into laboratory research and dog fighting rings, where they suffer slow agonies and a painful death. YOU OWE IT TO YOUR DOG to get him/her spayed/neutered before they leave your care. Don't add to the problem of overpopulation that rescues are fighting so hard everyday. And by spaying/neutering your dog, you decrease their health risks.
1 Visit at their house, making it clear that this is just a visit. Do not plan to leave the dog!
2 Ask questions! Keep in mind that this not only gives you some additional information, but it also makes sure that they have made a thoughtful decision. Ask:
a Have they ever had a dog before. If so, what
happened to the dog(s)?
3 Give potential families a realistic picture of the dog's
temperament/history, and be sure that you are comfortable with their ability
to work with it.
4 Verify their contact information. Try to get a home and a work phone.
5 Ask potential families what veterinarian they have used in the past, and call him/her. Ask if the family has consistently provided required health care (vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc).
6 If the family rents, verify that dogs are allowed.
7 Charge a fee (if you'd prefer, donate it to a rescue/shelter). This helps ensure that the potential adopter isn't a buncher (a person who collects free dogs and sells to research) and the person/family is willing to pay for necessary medical expenses, food etc.
Columbus Dog Connection.com
2761 Johnstown Rd Columbus