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Surrender Your Pet


Thinking of surrendering your dog?

We know that sometimes life happens and people find themselves unable to properly care for their dog. Our greatest fear is that someone will feel so desperate that they consider giving or selling their dog to a stranger.  Without the required references and home checks performed by rescue groups, dogs run the risk of being placed into unhealthy and abusive homes. We want to ensure your loved one gets the home they deserve.

Before you make the decision to surrender, give away, or sell your dog, we may be able to help you find solutions that will allow you to keep your dog as a member of the family. While we can't guarantee miracles, we do have extensive experience dealing with a multitude of issues and can certainly offer suggestions and alternatives to giving up your dog.

Criteria to surrender your dog to Compact Canine Rescue.

We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your dog. In this case, we feel the best solution is for Compact Canine Rescue to take the dog and find them a new, loving home.

Based on urgency and foster home space availability, Compact Canine Rescue does take in dogs surrendered by their owners. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the dogs we take into rescue. Shelter dogs in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. Next are dogs in need of immediate health care that their owners cannot provide. Then, owner surrenders are considered. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and well-being of your dog.

Surrendering your pet to Compact Canine Rescue is a permanent decision.

Compact Canine Rescue knows surrendering a pet is a very difficult decision, but sometimes it may be the best solution for both you and your dog. If you choose to surrender your dog, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the dog to Compact Canine Rescue. This allows us to provide veterinary care and legally adopt the dog to a carefully pre-screened forever home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed. This means we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your family’s privacy, as well as the privacy of the adoptive family.

Steps to surrender your dog



Complete the Surrender Form.



Our Team will review your application to determine if we have an open foster available and whether or not your dog is a fit for our rescue.


Our Decision

We will contact you to let know our decision.

Upon review, we will

Make arrangements to get the dog

If it has been determined your pet is a good fit for our organization, we will contact you to make arrangements to transfer the dog into our care.


Provide you with alternative resources

If your dog is not a good fit or we do not have room at this time, we will do our best to provide you with alternative resources.