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How Do I Give Up My Chihuahua?

Have you decided you can no longer keep your pet, and are you wondering "how do I give up my Chihuahua?" You'll have three basic options: surrendering your dog to a shelter, working with a private rescue, or rehoming your Chihuahua yourself. We've taken a look at the pros and cons of each.

Surrendering to a Shelter 

The process of giving up your Chihuahua to a shelter is fairly simple. You talk to the intake specialist, pay a fee, and give up your rights to your dog. What happens from there is out of your hands. Shelters work tirelessly to find good homes for every dog, but it's not always possible. Also consider that many dogs don't adapt well to shelter life and find the experience traumatic, which may affect their behavior and chances of adoption.

Working with a Rescue

Surrendering your Chihuahua to a rescue is another option, but it could be difficult to find a quality rescue with room to take your dog. Most private rescues take as long as is needed to find the perfect home for the pets in their care, but that also means there is a limited amount of space. That's why it can be difficult to find one with open spots. 

Rehoming Your Dog Yourself

More pet owners are realizing the many benefits of rehoming a Chihuahua themselves; it's better for the dog and for the owner. Here's why:

  • You'll choose the home, so you can pick the perfect adopter.
  • Your dog won't have to go through the trauma of a shelter, making his transition to a new home easier.
  • You can communicate your dog's personality and quirks to potential adopters to maximize the chances of him finding a forever home.  

Not sure where to start? Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com offers valuable tips and advice, allows you to create a pet profile and communicate with adopters, and more. Resources like this help you find the ideal situation for your Chihuahua so that you can have peace of mind that your pet will be happy and loved. 

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