Thinking of Relinquishing Your Cherished Pet?

In a perfect world we'd all keep our pets for their natural lives....

When this is not possible, many people truly do search for kind and humane resources to which they can relinquish their animals. These resources are important because abandoned animals (ie: dumped dogs) usually do not find their way into caring homes. Instead they are often subject to lack of food and/or water, exposure to extreme heat and cold, or human cruelty. Abandoned animals starve or become ill in a short period of time. If you think that dumping your dog or cat in a community--rural or urban-is a good alternative to taking him to the shelter, you should think again. Here is an excellent site that addresses many dog owner concerns. WonderPuppy ~ "Can We Help?"

Reasons why I need to give up my pet:


  1. I don't have time for my pet anymore.

    **If you’re concerned that your pet is lonely because of your busy schedule, consider getting another pet. And if you live in an apartment and think Fido must have a yard, don’t worry. Happily, daily walks suffice for most breeds. Owners who have yards find their dogs spend the bulk of their day sleeping in the space, not gallivanting around it.

    Many people assume that their pet will be happier elsewhere. Sadly, they’re often wrong. Adjusting to a new home can cause stress, which in turn can cause separation anxiety, fearfulness, destructiveness and other behavioral issues. These problems may lead the pet’s new owner -- the person you thought would solve your problem -- to likewise abandon the animal as well.

    Consider a Pet Sitter or Doggie Day Care. They can be affordable and your dog can have loads of fun playing and come home exhausted! Do you have a neighbor or a responsible child available for a small fee? Maybe they would like the extra money and enjoy walking your dog.

  2. I am moving and cannot take my pet.

    **If you search hard enough, you can most certainly find an apartment or temporary housing that will allow pets! It does take some planning in advance, but aren't your family members worth that effort?

  3. I've had a baby, and I cannot keep my pet.

    ** The baby will grow up, and probably come to be your dog's greatest companion. Toddlerhood is difficult--a mom has to have ten eyes, but the wonderment of watching a child with his or her dog can be such a delight. If the dog is exhibiting behavioral problems, you may consider consulting with an animal trainer/behavioralist. Remember, you had your pet before you had your child. Would you rehome your first child when you have another baby?

  4. I'm tired of my pet's behavior.

    ** Most behaviors can be redirected to positive activities. Many ill-behaved dogs are simply unhappy dogs who are 'acting out' in a way that makes sense to that animal. Most of these issues are easily dealt with by crate training, obedience work and time. These animals can be worked with and their place in your family preserved. Please let us assist by directing you to a personal or group training class.

  5. My dog is very old and/or very sick.

    ** It may be a difficult realization, but if you are no longer willing or able to care for an old or sick pet, your options are few. Please understand that when these animals are taken to our city shelters, they are overlooked in favor of healthier, younger dogs. This means that the animal sits in a kennel surrounded by concrete and wire until it is put to sleep. If your animal is ill or aged, please consider being with your beloved companion while you and your vet end his journey (consult your veterinarian). In some areas of Texas, the euthanasia rate can reach as high as 90% year-round. The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth euthanize in excess of 800 animals a day during the Spring. Seasonal overpopulation occurs because of unspayed and unneutered pets having litters, families relocating, vacation. The end result is animals dying by the hundreds every day. If you can give just a little extra time and effort, you will not only save the life of the pet you took on, but the one in the shelter who would possibly have been euthanized to make room for yours. Please consider it. You are often their only chance. If you have exhausted all means to rehome your animal, please contact us at

    Please understand that because we rescue from shelters, we rarely have room for owner-surrendered animals. If we are able to accept your pet, we ask the following of you:

      1. Your animal must be spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, and on heartworm prevention. We will ask for verification from your vet.
      2. You must agree to care for the animal until she/he is placed into an adoptive home.
      3. You must agree to abide by ARK's policies regarding safety and care of the animal.
      4. You must make full disclosure including: Origination of animal, release of all vet paperwork, evaluation form, and an owner surrender contract.

"More than a pet
. . . a friend."