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Thinking About Re-homing or Surrendering Your Dog?

First, please review some of the resources available below that could help keep your four-legged family members stay in their loving home.

Have you made the hard decision to re-home your dog but can continue to care for them till a new family is found (a minimum of 3 months)? Then please look into our Friends of METTA Re-homing Assistance program below (in blue).

Cannot continue to care for your dog and must surrender? We often do not have foster homes available to accommodate the vast number of surrender requests we receive each day. Please use the search tool on the bottom (in orange) to search for a no-kill shelter near you.

Behavioral Issues?

Consider working with a Trainer on Behaviorist. There are even low-cost/no-cost options available.

Training Resources

Veterinary Care Cost Too Much?

There are several low-cost clinics available throughout the U.S. Find one near you.

Low Cost Veterinary Care

Veterinary Care Cost Too Much?

There are several organizations that can help with veterinary bills.

Veterinary Care Financial Assistance


Here are some recommendations to try first.


Moving or Landlord/Insurance Restrictions

Nationwide database of rental properties that accepts all breeds of dogs. And a list of insurance providers who do not discriminate based on breed.

Moving/Landlord/Insurance Issues

New Baby?

Here are some helpful hints on how to introduce your new baby to your dog.

New Baby?

Military Deployment?

Locate a volunteer to take care of your pet while deployed.

Military Deployment?

Not Getting Along with Other Dogs in the Home?

In addition to reaching out to a trainer, have you considered crating and rotating? It keeps everyone safe and happy, and most importantly keeps all family members in the home:

Dogs Not Getting Along in the Home?

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Not Enough Time?

Friends of METTA Re-homing Assistance Program

Have you made the difficult decision to re-home your dog?

METTA Rescue Family is not currently accepting surrendered dogs.

Instead we'd like to help you re-home your dog with our Friends of METTA Rehoming Assistance Program.

This program is limited to residents of the state of FL and guardians committed to caring for their dog for a minimum of 3 months. Dogs must be spayed/neutered and up to date on their rabies vaccine (or have a medical waiver).  If you do not qualify for our rehoming assistance program, we would encourage you to still create an Adopt-a-Pet profile for your dog (through the link found in step one below) to help you rehome your dog.

How does it work?

Step One: Sign up the pet you need help re-homing for Adopt-A-Pet's Re-homing program at: Be sure to save your pet’s Adopt-A-Pet public profile link as you will need it for the Friends of METTA application in step two.

Step Two: Complete the Friends of METTA application found in the button below (only for FL residences that can keep their spayed/neutered dog at least 3 months).

Once approved, YOU continue to provide a loving home for your dog while:

Adopt-A-Pet will help you find, screen, and meet potential adopters for your pet, as well as collect the re-homing donation.

We make an introductory post for the dog on Metta Rescue Family's Facebook page. (only for FL residents that can keep their spayed/neutered dog at least 3 months).

We will share the dog in our monthly newsletter, as long as their Adopt-a-Pet profile remains active. (only for FL residents that can keep their spayed/neutered dog at least 3 months). Please note, Adopt-a-Pet will periodically inactivate profiles that have been dormant for a while, but you can request to activate them again.


We will provide you with a re-homing checklist for things you can do to help get your dog into a safe new home (only for FL residents that can keep their spayed/neutered dog at least 3 months).


Please keep in mind, it takes on average about 6 months for a dog being cared for in a private home to be adopted. 


Let us know when your dog has found its new loving home!

Friends of METTA Application

If You Must Surrender Your Dog, Look for a Closed-Admission Shelter

As a final option, a closed-admission shelter (often referred to as “no-kill” shelters) would be a safer option than a county open-admission shelter. Open-admission shelters don't have the luxury of turning any animals away, so unfortunately, they often must euthanize animals for space. Closed-admission shelters can turn animals away when they don't have space (usually require an appointment), and therefore don't have to euthanize due to space. However, they may euthanize for certain medical issues and if an animal shows aggression towards people or other dogs. Keep in mind, even if your dog has never shown any signs of aggression previously, you never really know how some animals may respond to being in such a stressful environment. We recommend you contact the no-kill shelters near you to find out more about their specific protocols.

Best Friends Network

About 800,000 homeless dogs and cats are killed each year in America’s shelters. That means around 2,200 animals are killed every single day. They are being killed because they don’t have a safe place to call home. Those dedicated to no-kill want to end the killing of animals in shelters. To be considered no-kill, a shelter must save 90 percent or more of the animals it takes in.

The Best Friends Network, is made up of over 2,600 no-kill shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and other animal welfare groups across all 50 states (including METTA Rescue Family). Every partner in the network has one common goal: to save the lives of homeless pets.

Click Here to Search for a No-Kill Organization Near You