Surrendering Your Pets 2017-04-12T21:21:02+00:00

Surrendering Your Pets

Surrendering Your Pet To Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue

Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue has the right to accept or deny any cat, kitten, dog or puppy, based on this rescue’s criteria for admittance. Dog must be social with people and other dogs, and must be able to be handled safely by our organization to be placed through our adoption program.  We will evaluate the dog to be sure the dog is good with people and other dogs prior to accepting the dog.   We can’t accept dogs with a bite history,  aggressive history, or who are not good with other dogs or people.  We can’t accept felines who are not using the kitty box or feral.  Since we are a foster based rescue, we likely won’t have room right away, and will need to put you on a wait list.

We understand that sometimes circumstances may arise that require individuals to relinquish their companion animals. Before you decide to relinquish your pet, please look into other options first such as finding your animal a new home through family, friends and co-workers etc. Angels On Wheels sometimes has a food bank from donated food so if the reason you are giving up your pet is because of financial reasons, please let us know and we may be able to help with that. If you’re having behavioral issues, you should contact an animal behaviorist or professional trainer first. Many times, behavioral problems can be resolved with the help of a professional. Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue is not equipped to handle behavioral issues such as aggression, fear, anxiety, biting, marking, and thus will not accept any of those temperaments. Acceptance of your animals into our program will be depend upon the animals overall health and behavioral assessment. If your cat is urinating outside of the box, we will not be able to take him/her into our program.   Please know that it is very difficult on your pet, especially the seniors, to be uprooted. You are the only family they know, they will become confused and depressed. Please, please, think about this very carefully before you decide to give up your pet.

You must follow the guidelines below before we will consider your surrender.  Please be very detailed.  The information you provide will help us find the right foster home for your dog.  We  ask for a $150.00 intake fee (cash only) when surrendering an animal.    Adult felines 7 months and older must be spayed or neutered and all feline owner surrenders must be tested negative for FeLV and FIV in order to be considered for our program.

If you need to return an animal that you adopted from our program, please remember that you are contractually required to contact us and discuss the return.  You will still need to follow the guidelines listed below,   We will usually accept the return of any cat or dog adopted from us, depending upon the reason.   It is important that you provide us with proper notification as we will need time to find a foster for your animal.  You will be responsible to transport the dog or cat to us, and you will need to bring along your original health records as well as any other vetting records from your vet.

  1. If you are needing to surrender your pet, before we can consider your request we need you to email infor@angelsonwheels.org the following information:  A picture of your pet, age, weight, if spayed/neutered along with other medical that has been done. The vet name and number who sees your dog.   If a dog, is the dog good with other dogs, people, cat, children.  Is there a bite history with the dog towards people or other dogs.  What is your dog’s activity level like.   If surrendering your cat has your cat been around dogs other cats, and children.  Why are you needing to surrender your pet.  Where you are located.   Are there any medical concerns with your pet, is your pet house trained and if feline is he/she using the kitty box, and where did you get your pet.  Be sure to include a digital photo and email the photo along with the above information to info@angelsonwheels.org.
  2. You must be the legal owner and have a drivers license.
  3.  Before accepting your dog into our program, a member Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue will need to meet your dog to evaluate his/her temperament.   You will be asked to drive your dog to our vet, to one of AOW representatives or to the foster who has agreed to foster your dog for this meeting. If your dog displays any overt aggression, the dogs do not get alone, he/she may not be considered for our program. We do not always need to meet ahead of time, but it is possible this will be requested.
  4. You will be asked to provide us with any previous medical history and any records you may have.  We are a non-for-profit group that operates on donations, we would appreciate it if you could bring your dog up to date on vaccinations for rabies and DHPP as well as receiving a 4dx which is a heartworm test and test for all 3 of the tick transmitted disease.  There are low cost clinics that we can refer you too to get this done.  We will ask you to email this information over to use when we send you the owner surrender paperwork.
  5.  Once we receive your email with the information we asked above, and if we think we can secure a foster for your dog, we will then email you over an owner surrender form will email you the owner surrender form to help us learn as much as possible about your dog.
  6. Please provide a monetary fee when dropping off your dog or cat of $100.00. Cash Only.
  7. Bring any special toys, beds and leftover food as it will make the transition easier for your pet. Adult dogs must come with a leash and collar.
  8.  Your dog must be good with other dogs and people as all of our foster homes have other dogs.

If your pet is healthy both medically and behaviorally and is accepted into our adoption program, he/she will stay available for adoption until a new home is found. We have no time limits on an animal’s stay with us, and they are well cared for in foster homes.  All of our fosters receive home visits.

Unfortunately not all animals will qualify for our adoption program. Some animals may be disqualified from the adoption program by, physical disability that seriously impacts the pet’s quality of  life,  those that demonstrate a high degree of aggression towards other animals or people, or a feline who is not using the kitty box.

Animal controls and shelters were created for care for stray and abused animals.  They weren’t meant to be a drop-off point for people who don’t want their pets anymore.  By law, stray pets must be kept several days for their owners to claim them.  They may not be euthanized until that period is up.  Dogs given up by their owners aren’t protected by these laws and can be destroyed as soon as they enter the facility.  Sending your dog or cat to a shelter in hopes that they’ll find a good home is wishful thinking.  more than likely, they will be put down due to lack of space and the difficulty in finding them an appropriate home.  There are not enough foster home or rescues to save the number of animals being dropped off by their owners.

If you purchased your dog from a breeder, most reputable breeders will take their dogs back regardless of the age and sex.  Please take a moment and call your breeder for help.  If you feel you must give up your pet, contact those you love for help, and co-workers.

Lastly, if you have a senior dog or cat, a dog or cat with less desirable attributes, a dog or cat with health issues, or a dog or cat with aggression.  Please re-consider your thought for dropping him off at a kill shelter if no rescue can take.  Most animal control facilities euthanize for space.  Do you want your senior pet or pet with health or behavioral issues to sit on a cold floor shaking in fear then die with strangers, or should your pet be surrounded by the people that have loved him/her all of their life, and cross the rainbow bridge with dignity at your vet’s office?  Please think about that!