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How Do I Give up My Golden Retriever?

You have several different methods you could use to give up your golden retriever. You may want to help rehome her, and find a new home for your dog on your own, or you may need to surrender her to a shelter. Below, we'll look at the various methods you can use when you have to give up your golden retriever.

Giving Your Dog to Someone You Know

This is the best option if you're fortunate enough to know someone who is looking to adopt a dog. They might already know your sweet retriever and want to bring her into their home. This could be a friend of yours, a coworker, or a family member, for example. One of the biggest benefits of giving your dog to someone in your life already is that you'll know they're a good option. You'll know that they have space for her, a good home and that they can take care of her financially.

Using Online Sites to Give Up Your Golden Retriever

If you don't know anyone who can take your dog, there's still the option of rehoming using the Internet. Just make sure that you don't use the typical classified ad sites like Craigslist. You never know who is looking at pets on those sites, and they may not have the best intentions for your dog.

Consider using Rehome. This is a peer-to-peer platform from Adopt-a-Pet.com that will make it easy to connect with people looking to adopt. It's easy to use and it's a safe option to find the right new owners. You can create a profile for your golden retriever that mentions all of the wonderful things about her, as well as any issues she might have. It's important to be transparent about any problems, such as health issues, so the new owners understand whether she's the right dog for them.

Surrendering Your Golden Retriever

There's also the option of surrendering your dog, which can be done to a shelter or a rescue. When you surrender your dog, you're giving legal rights for her to the facility. Keep in mind that you can't just show up with her. You'll have to get in touch with them first. They'll want to know her age, temperament, and whether she has any health issues, among other things.

They might also want to know why you have to give her up. The facility might have some resources that could help you keep her. For example, if you aren't able to spend time with her during the day because of work, they could put you in touch with a dog daycare facility. The shelters and rescues want what's best for your dog, and that often means staying with you if possible.

If you can't keep your dog, you can set up an appointment with them. They'll let you know what paperwork you may need to bring, as well as the surrender fee. This fee can vary but will often be somewhere between $50 and $150.

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