Surrender Procedures

NGPR's owner surrender program helps Pyr owners who must surrender their dogs or those who have found Great Pyrenees or Pyr mix strays.

Surrendering Your Dog this summer?  Think again!  Photo at left is of owners lined up at Houston shelter to get rid of their dogs prior to July 4th holiday.  Many owners are not aware that summer is one of the most critical times in rescue.  People decide to get rid of their dogs because they are going on vacation or having company.  Surrendering your dog to a shelter can mean that you walk your dog in one door and a shelter attendant walks the dog out the back to be euthanized

Shelters must hold onto strays (stray hold) but not owner surrenders. Strays picked up on the road or frightened by fireworks must be held for 3-5 days but owner surrenders do not have to be held, so they are euthanized immediately to make room for other dogs coming in. Rescues are overwhelmed trying to save the lives of all the poor, abandoned dogs, so this is also the worst time to surrender your dog to a rescue, too. Please, please do not surrender avoid surrender in the summer months!  Read more about this national tragedy here.
 

Behavioral Assistance
If you are having problems with your Great Pyrenees dog, please consult NGPR's list of Great Pyrenees Rescue contacts or email us by contacting info@nationalpyr.org. Please include your name, your phone number, where you are calling from, the location of the dog and the reason you are contacting us and a photo of the dog if possible. We will try to help you find a knowledgeable volunteer who can help with your situation. NGPR wants to help dogs and their owners overcome their difficulties and live long, happy lives together. Surrender is not the only solution.

Surrender
If you feel that surrender is your only option, your first point of contact should be the rescue, shelter or breeder you obtained your dog from.  Those who are selling or placing dogs have a responsbility to take their animals back.  Please check your adoption or purchase contract as you may have already agreed to do this when signing the contract. As the owner, YOU are primarily responsible for helping your dog find a new home. This web page gives many ideas on how to go about this process yourself. Please acquaint yourself with the best practices for rehoming your dog as you know your pet best.

If you feel the only solution is surrendering your dog to rescue, give yourself as much time as possible and plan on holding the dog while a new home is located. Please be ready to provide a information on the dog's most current medical records.  Documenting that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm status and spayed or neutered, will expedite the process of your dog being accepted by an adopter or into a rescue program.

If our online surrender information form is completed the form will be reviewed and forwarded to the nearest rescue group or volunteer who can help. This does not guarantee the dog will be accepted into the program;  it is only the starting point for assessing the dog's potential for adoption. If the dog came through NGPR or one of our affiliated rescues, we will work with you directly on rehoming the dog. After completing the surrender form, a digital photograph of the dog should be sent to info@nationalpyr.org. If we are working with you or have assigned your case to another Pyr rescue, please continue to check in with us on how the rehoming process is going. Lack of contact and interest from the owner is the main reason why rescue cannot help a dog. Rescues incur significant expenses to vet and transport surrendered dogs. A donation of any amount allows us to save more dogs—please consider a donation.

Strays
If you have found a stray (or a stray has found you) we recommend the following procedures be followed before completing a surrender information form:

Have the dog scanned at a vet office for microchip. Note that there are two different sets of frequencies.
If tags, call the issuing agency or vet practice for owner contact info.  If owner found, note date contacted and result, e.g. surrender, doesn’t want, etc.
Local newspaper checked  (at least twice for weeklies, two consecutive issues following date dog first lost). For dailies, scan every three-four days for two weeks after date dog was first found.
Do a Craigslist posting, note the date.
Call local animal control to check for reports. List dog on any listings they maintain. Make sure you check to see if city or county and which one.
Find out if there a local written ordinance on how long a stray hold is and what the procedures are.
Post up at least five flyers up in area where is dog is found. Note the dates and location of posters.

Shelters
Shelters holding dogs they believe to be Great Pyrenees should contact their closest Pyr rescue group or  email us. We will work with you to determine whether the dog is a Great Pyrenees, assess temperament and determine which Pyr rescue group is closest.

 
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