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 Full Circle 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 a reputable rescue to take the animal into care and find them a new, loving home. Full Circle Rescue requires that all dogs undergo a behavioural assessment by a certified trainer at our partner facility in Fort Erie, Ontario. This is to determine IF we have the resources available to intake your pet into foster care. If you are unable to attend - please reach out to other rescues/shelters in your area.

Based on urgency and foster home space availability, Full Circle 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. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to intake your pet.

Surrendering your pet to Full Circle Rescue is a permanent decision.

Full Circle Rescue knows that surrendering your dog is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. 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 Full Circle Rescue. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the dog to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.

Steps to surrender your dog



Complete the Surrender Form.



Our Team will review your application. If we feel we may be able to assist, you will be contacted and provided dates/times that our certified trainer can see you and your pet for a professional behavioural assessment. The assessment is a mandatory requirement.


Our Decision

We will contact you and let you know our decision.

Upon approval, we will

Make arrangements to get the dog

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


Provide you with alternative resources

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

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