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How Do I Surrender My American Staffordshire Terrier?

Are you wondering, "how do I surrender my American Staffordshire Terrier?" The answer depends on where you plan to surrender him. If you plan on going to a local shelter, it usually involves meeting with an intake officer and paying a surrender fee. If you go to a private rescue, the process will vary by organization. Be aware that once you surrender your dog, you no longer have any say over what happens to your pet, so it's good to consider all of your options before dropping him off at a shelter.

What Happens After My American Staffordshire Terrier is Surrendered? 

That depends on the rules and policies of the shelter. Most organizations work hard to find great home for the dogs in their care, but it's not always possible to find a home for every pet. Do some rehome_research about your shelter's policies and save rates before surrendering your pet, but be fully aware that whether you go to a shelter or rescue, his future is out of your hands once he's been surrendered.

Are There Other Options?

Yes, there are other options besides surrendering your American Staffordshire Terrier to a shelter. These include:

  • Keeping Your Dog: Many of the reasons people surrender their American Staffordshire Terrier, such as chewing or bad potty habits, can be remedied with help from a vet or qualified trainer. Ask yourself if you really need to give up your pet.
  • Private Rescues: Reputable private rescues are another good alternative as they usually limit the number of pets they will take and are able to keep your pet until they can find a good home, some will even keep your pet as a permanent resident if needed. The problem is many don't have space. That means even if you find one that can take him, you may be in for a wait.
  • Rehoming Your Dog Yourself: This is the best option if want to know exactly where your American Staffordshire Terrier ends up. You'll be able to choose the adopters and will know you did the right thing for your pet. Online resources, such as the Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com website, offer guidance and tools that help you find the perfect home.

Whatever you choose, be sure to rehome_research any organization thoroughly before surrendering your American Staffordshire Terrier in order to give him the best chance at a happy future.  

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