If You Feel You Must Surrender Your Dog
Lately we have received enough requests from local people asking us to take their dogs that we decided we have to put information up on our web site. We are a tiny organization with VERY limited space. Over the last 7 years we have been rescuing dogs from kill shelters and offering them a second chance of knowing human kindness, belonging to a forever family and knowing they will be loved and cared for all the days of their lives.
At any given time we have 25 + dogs in our care at the farm in NY and an equal amount in southern boarding waiting for a spot to open up in NY.
Locally we have rehomed several dogs, taken in sick dogs from local vets, scared dogs from SPCA of Westchester that are having a hard time dealing with shelter life.. and taken in dogs when their human friend has died...
Some of our dogs have stayed with us for a year or more.. we have several who have been with us for 3-4 years.. we dont ever give up!!
We do understand that sometimes things happen that are beyond our control and we are faced with making a hard decision about a beloved family member.. our dog.
There are so many DEVASTATING CRISIS in shelters across the nation.. the horrors that take place in the lives of so many dogs is such that you can't believe a nation like ours could permit such abuse, neglect and disregard for the AMAZINGLY generous kind playful joyous forgiving LOVING creatures known as DOGS!! We are moved to act to save a perfectly beautiful and sweet dog from death countless times.. we hear horror stories that make it hard for us to sleep at night.. we've seen too many dogs that have suffered terribly in the hands of humans.
This is our mission.. to rescue rehabilitate and adopt into loving homes dogs who were facing certain death.. there seems to be a growing number of people in our area that contact us with a request to take their dog because their circumstances have changed.
Its hard for us to accommodate an owner surrender when we have so little space.. taking one in, aside from many other factors means we pay board for a longer period of time on other dogs we've already pulled and who have been waiting.. until that surrendered dog is placed.. in some cases this means over a year with us before they are adopted to a loving home... we have paid staff to care for our dogs and they all receive medical attention they need and as much handling and training & LOVE as we can provide.
So when you ask us to take in your dog it affects many other dogs, our budget and our resources.
Very often you have more solutions to problems than you think you do. An important part of our mission is to help improve dog human communications... you can get help as there are a number of organizations popping up with the specific mission of helping people find ways to keep their beloved doggies.. theres a lot of on line sources for that kind of information and support. Please let us know if we can guide you...THERE IS A LOT OF HELP AVAILABLE AND WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU IN ANY WAY WE CAN TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR DOGS AND IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM!!!
WHATEVER YOU DO DO NOT POST YOUR DOG ON CRAIGS LIST.. or other on line markets!!! We could tell you stories that will make your hair stand on end. Unfortunately people who shop for bait dogs for fighting rings shop on these sites!!!
If you MUST give up your dog we encourage you to visit your local humane society.. be responsible for what happens to your dog after he/she leaves your home. Don't assume your dog will be cared for.. he/she depends entirely on YOU to care enough to do the right thing! Take the extra time and effort to be 100% certain your dog will be well cared for and treated with love. DO NOT ASSUME someone else will do that... no matter what they say! It is very difficult for dogs to be separated from their pack.. even though dogs by design are determined to be HAPPY they deserve to be carefully and lovingly placed.
There is a whole world of RESCUE.. full of extremely hard working, devoted people who spend much of their lives and resources saving dogs.. We are all often working on "fumes" because there is so much to be done and yet still at the end of the day there are too many dogs.. thousands of wonderful sweet dogs who will perish because theres just not enough people who are willing to do something to stop the flow of unwanted animals.. we respectfully ask that you do EVERYTHING in your power to take care of the dog you took into your home whether it means finding a way to keep that dog or finding another truly loving home who will..