Surrendering a Pet
We understand how difficult it is to give up the family pet. Every day wonderful animals are surrendered into our care – victims of a broken bond between a human and his or her companion animal.
Problems that have shattered the bond between human and animal include:
- the animal was obtained without a firm understanding or acceptance of the commitment the relationship required
- the animal has a behaviour problem that the owner is unwilling or unable to resolve
- the owner is moving and is unable to find suitable housing that allows pets
- the animal has a medical problem that the owner is unwilling or unable to resolve
- the owner has a change in family circumstances
All of these problems lead pet owners to give up their beloved animals every day. But all of these problems can be addressed – and many of them solved – with the right interventions.
The process people go through to decide to surrender their pet is long and difficult. Before the decision is made to surrender, however, we want to let you know that we are here to help you repair that bond. Please contact the Staff at the shelter to further discuss surrendering your pet.
Here are some steps you can take:
- Check with co-workers, family and friends to see if they would like to have your pet. It’s always comforting to know where your pet is going to live and that he or she will receive loving care.
- Check with the source of the pet, ie: the breeder. Good ones will attempt to help you with any problems you’re having or will take their animals back.
If these steps aren’t successful, you can attempt to find your pet a home by advertising in the newspapers, at your vet clinic and local pet supply stores.
- Charge a nominal fee for the animal.
- Be honest about why you’re giving your pet up.
- Confirm that the potential purchaser is willing to provide the necessary veterinary care for the animal.
- Confirm that the potential purchaser will spay or neuter the pet if it hasn’t been done already.
- Ensure that the potential purchaser is looking for a companion animal as opposed to a guard dog/outdoor pet.
- Look for a purchaser who has as many questions to ask you, as you have to ask them. They will have a true interest in the personality of your pet and will be looking for a match.
- Talk to the potential purchaser about the importance of obedience training, exercise and grooming. Also make sure that all of their family members meet, like and want the animal.
- Don’t be afraid to refuse a sale if you aren’t comfortable.
When All Else Fails
If all else fails, contact us at 403-362-4323 to further discuss surrendering your pet. Due to BAPS not having an open-door policy, we are not always able to accept surrenders. If we are unable to accept your animal into the shelter, we will do our best to help you find a solution. Please keep in mind that your pet will undergo a medical and behaviour exam before being placed for adoption.
What to Bring With You When Surrendering
- Vaccination and medical records from your veterinarian
- Unopened bags of pet food
- Your pet’s favourite bedding or toy