How Do I Surrender My Catahoula Leopard Dog?
If you surrender your Catahoula Leopard Dog, it means that you're giving him up to a shelter or a rescue. The process for surrendering your dog to one of these facilities can vary from one place to the next. You need to understand the policies of the organization you're considering before you give up your dog.
Check the Site
The first thing you should do is to check the shelter or rescue's website to learn more about them. Does the shelter have a specific policy on how long they hold dogs before euthanizing them? Does the rescue specialize in certain breeds? Does the shelter offer sales and adoptions? Check out the site to learn as much as you can about the organization and to get their contact information.
Get in Touch
Once you have learned about the facility, it's time to call them. During the phone call, they'll want to know about your dog. They'll need to know things like his health condition, age, temperament, and the like. This will give them a better idea of what to expect with your dog, and they may get a sense of how easy or difficult it will be for someone to adopt him.
Additionally, they may ask you why you need to give up your dog. They want the best for the animal, and sometimes that means keeping your dog with you. For example, if your dog has behavior issues, they may know some trainers in the area that could help. Often, shelters and rescues will have a list of resources that they can provide.
Of course, we know that it's not always possible to keep your dog no matter how much you love him. Maybe you have to move and the new place won't allow dogs of his size. There are countless reasons that you might need to give up your dog. In those cases, the shelter can make an appointment for you to drop him off. They'll also let you know the cost of the surrender fee.
These fees are generally $50 and up. However, just like the policies, they can vary from one organization and location to the next.
Consider Other Options
While surrendering your dog to a shelter or a rescue is a possibility if you don't have another choice, take some time to think about your other options. For example, you might have people in your inner circle, such as a friend from work or a cousin across town that's been thinking about adopting a dog. See if they might be interested in your Catahoula Leopard Dog.
Also, you can find online pet adoption sites that help to make finding a great new owner easier. Rehome is part of Adopt-a-Pet.com and could be a great choice. You can create a profile with images, videos, and a bio of your dog. Interested people can then submit adoption applications that you can review. This gives you the ability to choose a great new owner for your dog that will match his needs.
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