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Pet relinquishment and surrender prevention

Many animals surrendered to shelters are given up due to solvable behavior issues or lack of housing. These tools can help you keep more pets in homes and make pet care, behavior and wellness resources and other information more accessible to pet owners and potential adopters.

  • Rethinking returns

    It’s a scenario longtime rescuers have nightmares about, and yet we rarely see it coming: One day, seemingly out of the blue, you get the email message: “URGENT! I need to return Fido to you this weekend!”

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Pet relinquishment and surrender prevention

  • Magazine Article

    Shedding a heavy burden

    Hidey lost 2 pounds of fur during the haircut of a lifetime.

    Hidey loses her locks and comes out of her shell.

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  • Magazine Article

    Getting by with a little help … from your pet

    Federal laws regarding assistance animals can boost your efforts to keep pets in homes

    The stories all pretty much follow the same pattern: Resident has dog for years. Resident relies on the dog just to get through the day; maybe, due to depression, the dog is the only reason to get out of bed in the morning, or maybe walking the dog helps with heart disease problems. Resident is suddenly told dogs aren’t allowed in the building—give her up or get out. Heartbroken resident brings dog to shelter.

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  • Blog Post

    When a bad story gets in the way of the facts

    Beware of confirmation bias when trying to figure out “the truth”

    More than a decade ago, at an animal shelter in southern Virginia, I witnessed a well-to-do woman surrendering her pet because, she said, he didn’t match her new décor.

    The moment ate at me, and continues to every now and then—but for different reasons than it did at the time.

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