Surrendering Your Dog


You want to find a new home for your Pit Bull, but before giving
your dog up, are you certain you've made ALL reasonable efforts
to keep him or her?

*Is money for health issues a concern?  There are options as some
organizations will provide financial support, such as

*Can't afford spay/neuter?  Try:

*Having behavioral or training issues? Other problems? Talk to us!  
We might be able to help.

If you have determined that there is NO WAY you can keep your
dog, and now you need options, here's the sad truth:

1) GOOD homes for Pit Bulls are in short supply.  You don't want
your dog ending up in just any home - Pit Bulls too often are the
victims of abuse and negligence and for that reason potential
references, home checks, personal references, and grilled on their
breed knowledge before a dog is placed in that home.

2) Think shelters are an option?  Think again.  Most shelters are
full of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes that they CANNOT PLACE. A large
percentage of these dogs will end up euthanized after an
extended, stressful, scary stay, with strangers who may or may
not offer them even a small amount of solace at their deaths.  Is
that the sort of end you'd want for a dog that gave you love,
loyalty and trust?

3) Thinking about utilizing a rescue to place your dog?  Sorry to
burst another bubble, but ethical Pit Bull and all-breed rescues are
overflowing.  Many will not consider taking in guardian surrenders
because dogs that are in risky situations get first priority - and
there is a never-ending supply of the latter.  Some rescues may be
willing to take your dog but oftentimes a rescue that jumps on a
guardian surrender has issues of its own - like a lack of knowledge
and ethics, and your dog could very well end up in a really bad
situation if placed through such an organization - abused,
neglected or worse.

4) What about sanctuaries and no-kill shelters?  Frankly, there are
things worse than death, and for many dogs, being warehoused in
kennel runs for months, years, or until their deaths, at a facility
that is 'no-kill' is a miserable fate far worse than humane
euthanasia.   Dogs are social creatures who crave the company of
their humans.  They weren't meant to live in kennel runs, forced to
endure the confusion of strange people and dogs coming and
going on a daily basis, the confinement, lack of social interaction,
and endless barking and whining.  The stress and fear inherent in
such places is contagious, and your dog is likely to spend most of
his or her time in an aroused state, never comfortable and
constantly wondering where his/her loved person went and when
they are coming back.

So you see, the options for a dog about to lose his or her home
aren't really all that great.  In fact, they are mostly pretty crummy.

You know you have to give up your dog, so what else can you do?
At the end of the day, as your dog's guardian, he or she is YOUR
responsibility, no one else's.  So RPB recommends the following:

* Keep your dog and actively embark on a mission to find a new
home for your dog.  Your dog stays in your home with you,
someone you trust, OR at a boarding kennel (absolutely last

In addition, we recommend you only consider rehoming your dog if:

a) Dog has not bitten or shown aggression towards a human at
any time

b) Dog has not seriously injured another dog or animal at any time

c) Dog has been evaluated by a qualified individual

RPB can help guide you in the process of new home selection.  You
contact us if you'd like pointers.

(The three a-b-c criteria listed above are always met before any dog is
brought into the RPB program.  However, only you can decide what
the best option is for your dog and his future in either your home or
another home. These criteria and other information on this page are
presented here for educational purposes only.)