Can I Drop My Great Pyrenees Off at an Animal Shelter?
Should you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer keep your Great Pyrenees you can take him to an animal shelter. You can't, however, just drop him off and leave it at that. You'll need to contact them and set up an appointment so they can evaluate your situation. Every facility has its own policies and procedures in place, so it's not possible to show up at the door with your dog and expect them to take him.
Learn About the Animal Shelter
You'll want to learn more about the shelter before you contact them to set up an appointment. By visiting their website, you'll not only find their address, but they often have information on how to properly surrender your dog.
Make sure you review the shelter's policies and understand what will happen to your dog once you surrender him. Shelters do their best to ensure that the animals brought to them are cared for and that they get adopted. However, the reality of the matter is that not all dogs will be adopted, and some may be euthanized. It's not something the shelters want to do, but they are often forced to because of aggression or lack of space.
Contacting the Shelter
Once you know a bit more about the facility, you can contact them to set up an appointment. When you call, the employees will let you know about any paperwork that you might need to bring along with you. They'll also let you know more about the surrender fee and how much it will cost (most organizations charge at least $50).The money from these fees, along with adoption fees, help to keep the facilities operating.
The shelter will also want to know more about your dog including his temperament, if he has health issues, his age, etc. They will also ask why you need to surrender your dog. They ask this question because they might have some resources that could help you keep your Great Pyrenees.
For example, if you have a dog that has some behavior issues, they may have the names and contact information of some trainers. If you're worried that you can't spend enough time with your dog during the day, they might have names and numbers of dog walkers or daycare facilities for your pet.
Their goal is to do what's best for your pet, and that might mean staying with you if it's possible. Of course, we understand that keeping your pet isn't always possible. There may be problems that are out of your control, and you need to find a way to give up your dog responsibly.
Consider Other Options
Being unable to keep your dog doesn't always mean that you need to surrender your Great Pyrenees to a shelter. One of the first things you can do is talk with your relatives and friends. Maybe one of them would be interested in adopting your dog. This can be an easy and fast way to give up your dog without worry.
If you don't know anyone who can adopt, there's still the option of using peer-to-peer pet adoption platforms like Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com. With Rehome you can create a profile for your Great Pyrenees, and then publish his story directly on Adopt-a-Pet.com for millions of potential adopters to see. It's a safe, easy, and reliable option that will give you control over where your dog ends up.
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