Thinking About Re-homing or Surrendering Your Dog?

Please review some of the resources available that could help you keep your four-legged family members stay in their loving home:

Behavioral Issues?

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

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Veterinary Care Cost Too Much?

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

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Veterinary Care Cost Too Much?

There are several organizations that can help with veterinary bills.

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Here are some recommendations to try first.

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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.

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New Baby?

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

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Military Deployment?

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

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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:

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Not Enough Time?

Try to make the time you do have together more exciting for your dog on both a physical and mental level. Things such as going for walks, car rides, playing with toys, or teaching them new tricks. Even though you might not have much time, making the most of that time will make a big difference. You can also look into taking them to doggie daycare, day boarding, having a pet sitter drop by, or even a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member who can drop in and give them some attention.

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Friends of METTA Re-homing 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 Program.

How does it work?

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

2. Complete the Friends of METTA application below.

3. You continue to provide a loving home for your dog while:

     - We courtesy post your dog on our social media

     - Adopt-A-Pet will help you find, screen, and meet potential adopters

       for your pet, as well as collect the re-homing donation

     -You are welcome to bring your person-friendly/dog-friendly dog to METTA Adoption events 

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 (and 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 and 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. Every partner in the network has one common goal: to save the lives of homeless pets.

Click Here to Search the Best Friends Network