We understand that there are many reasons why you may need to surrender your dog, and that every case is unique with differing circumstances.

Before surrendering, we ask that you consider the following:


Have you asked your landlord if a pet bond could be paid? Can a family member, friend or boarding kennel look after your dog while you find alternative accommodation?

New baby?

It can take some time to adjust to the new changes in your home but well worth the transition. Have you sought assistance from a reputable trainer to help your dog adjust? We can recommend a few reputable trainers if needed.

Did you acquire your dog from a breeder or another rescue?

Reputable breeders and rescues often have a stipulation in their contract signed at the time of adoption stating that the dog must be returned to them if you ever decide you can no longer keep it. Have you checked your contract or contacted them?

Are there behavioural issues?

Often behavioural issues can be reduced or eliminated with the assistance of a reputable trainer or vet behaviourist, and this should always be attempted prior to surrendering. We also recommend a thorough check up with your vet to rule out any medical problems causing the issues. We are more than happy to point owners in the right direction when it comes to reputable trainers and vet behaviourists.

If you still need to surrender your pet, it is vital that you do not leave it to the last minute as it can take some time to find a suitable foster care placement. The actual surrender can be last minute, but please, give us enough time to find a spot to fit them in.

If you have no other option and need to surrender your pet, complete the form via the button below.

Upon receipt of the completed form, we will assess whether we have any available homes or capacity to assist you. Please understand that completing the surrender form does not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate or accept the dog.

Please note that if SABBR are able to accommodate the surrender, a $100 surrender fee per dog will apply.

Complete surrender form