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Owner Surrender Options

NWGSR understands that there are circumstances that may require an owner to find a new home for their dog. We offer an Owner Surrender Program that provides owners the opportunity to find loving homes for their dogs, while minimizing the trauma of the transition to the dog. If your dog is suitable for our Owner Surrender Program, you can feel comfortable knowing that we do everything possible to find a suitable adopter for your dog.



Requirements To Enter Owner Surrender Program

We are a German Shepherd rescue and unfortunately we do not have the resources to take German Shepherd mixes into our program. If you have a mixed-breed dog, please refer to your local animal shelter or humane society.

Before a German Shepherd can enter our program, it first must pass our temperament evaluation. We do not take dogs into our Owner Surrender Program that show aggression, have poor temperaments or have a known bite history. Prior to being accepted into the Owner Surrender Program, we will arrange a time to meet your dog for an evaluation.

We also require that your dog be up-to-date on all vaccines before we will meet with him or her. Proof of rabies vaccination is particularly important because it is required by law, and we will not risk the safety of our volunteers by arranging a test with a dog that does not have a current rabies shot.

Both the vaccination and evaluation requirements are important. If your dog passes the evaluation and we have proof that it is up-to-date on its vaccinations, we will enter him or her into our Owner Surrender Program.


Entering The Owner Surrender Program

Once a dog has been accepted into the rescue program, it may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to locate a suitable, available foster home for your dog so that we can take possession of the dog. Depending on the dog’s needs, it is difficult to predict how long this process will take. If the dog is accepted into our program, we will list the dog on our website as a dog available for adoption, just as we would a dog in our foster program. The dog will stay with you until we find a suitable foster home.

Once a potential adopter has been identified, we will contact you to set up a meeting between your dog and the potential adoptive family. If all goes well we may facilitate the adoption that day, or have a second meeting. All of our adopters are thoroughly screened and go through the same adoption process regardless of whether they are interested in adopting a dog that is currently in a foster home, or a dog being surrendered by its owner.

There are many factors that make it difficult for us to predict how long it may take to find your dog a new home. During this process, please remember that we are an all-volunteer organization, and we do not have a central facility or any paid staff. We will do our best to work with you to find a suitable home for your German Shepherd.

If you would like to begin the process of applying to our Owner Surrender Program, please fill out an owner surrender application. 


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