Boxers and Buddies

Owner Surrender

Our dream is to see all dogs stay in loving, happy homes, for life. We understand that, on rare occasions, life’s circumstances can make the continued care of your beloved pet impossible. That said, we do sometimes take owner surrendered dogs on a limited basis.

You must fill out our Owner Surrender Form, and you will need to speak with us prior to surrender. Completion of the form does not guarantee that Boxers and Buddies will be able to take your dog. Decisions to accept owned dogs are made based on available space and on a case by case basis. You will be asked to make a financial donation to the rescue to assist in your dog’s care. Please contact us if you have other questions regarding surrender of a dog.

There are very few situations that make abandoning a family member acceptable. Please read the reasons below. If any of these examples fit the rational behind surrendering your dog, please contact Boxers and Buddies, and we will see if we can offer you guidance in trying to keep this dog with the family that he loves. Yes, dogs have feelings!  Re-homing your dog can harm your dog emotionally, and set a bad example for any children in the family.

Unacceptable Reasons to Give Up Your Dog

When you choose to get a dog, you must choose to become a responsible dog owner. Unfortunately, some people act irresponsibly, abandoning their dogs when they become inconvenient. The most irresponsible of dog owners will dump them to fend for themselves. This is tragic and unacceptable. Although there are life circumstances that require the re-homing of a dog, many of the reasons dogs are abandoned are due to laziness and irresponsibility.

Many people try to “do the right thing” by turning their dogs into rescues instead of shelters to alleviate their guilt. Rescues are limited to the number of animals they can take, trying to first take those animals scheduled for euthanization a priority and rarely having room for owner surrenders. The owners then become angry with rescues for not taking the dog. Understand that Rescues are run by volunteers ONLY – there are NO PAID STAFF. Most of them operate out of the volunteers’ homes. Rescues survive on donations from private individuals, there is no funding.  They don’t get a cent to help the animals and THEY DO NOT HAVE THE PROVERBIAL FARM WHERE THE DOG WILL SPEND ITS LIFE RUNNING FREE AND BEING CARED FOR. Rescue volunteers love these animals and try to do their best to save the animals they feel are “adoptable”. Think about it: if YOU can’t keep your dog, why should another family take responsibility for it? 

Sometimes life gets tough and we have to make serious choices; Like giving up a beloved pet. Here are some ways to avoid it.

I’m moving and my new place does not allow dogs.

DON’T MOVE THERE!!!! Anyone who has tried to rent an apartment with a dog knows it is not easy. If you have children you’re not going to move to an “Adults Only” or Seniors’ Facility. They’re your family and so are your dogs. There are resources for Pet Friendly housing in ALL cities and states. There are many ways to move with dogs overseas.  Boxers and Buddies have resources, ideas and contacts for pet friendly housing nationwide – email us!!!. Be diligent and chances are, in time you will find the right place. If you absolutely must move right away and cannot find a place that allows your dog, talk to friends and family – someone you know might be willing to take care of your dog for an extended period of time while you search for other arrangements. The same applies if your move is temporary and dogs are truly not allowed.

My dog has a behavioral issue.

Have you heard the expression “there are no bad dogs, only misinformed owners?” This is generally true. From barking, digging, problems housebreaking, chewing, jumping up – there are hundreds of behavioral problems that could qualify. You’ve tried fixing the problem – but have you really? You wouldn’t think twice about taking your car to a mechanic because you don’t know how to fix it. Dog Trainers are dog mechanics. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER OR BEHAVIORIST (professional means a certified trainer listed at – not all trainers are created equally and many may do more harm then good)   With regards to behavior problems: Dogs are genetically engineered to please us. They are going to act how they think you WANT them to act: so a behavior problem is YOUR responsibility. If you cannot afford to hire a trainer, Boxers and Buddies have free seminars, trainers that consult for free by email and a vast accessible library of solutions – all free – all to help your dog stay in your home. 

I am having a baby.

Dogs and kids can actually be a great combination if handled correctly. It is essential that your dog is properly trained and exposed to babies and children before your baby is born. Visit and ask them about their “Preparing for baby” program. They will help get your dog ready, just like you’ve had to get ready and, when the time comes, they will introduce the baby to the dog appropriately. Additionally, children must be raised to respect dogs! Include your dog in as many family events, outings and gatherings as possible. That will help teach your children that pets are alive, need care, and should be treated with respect: helping them become compassionate and responsible adults. Growing up with dogs is one of the best gifts you can give a child, if done right. 

My life circumstances have changed and I don’t have time for a dog now.

Your dog would rather spend 10 quality minutes of time with you every day then spend an entire day with an unfamiliar family in a new environment. Dogs are creatures of habit. Re-homing them is stressful. It can be detrimental and even deadly.  Many dog owners leave their animals for 8 to 10 hours while they’re working or at school. If finances are not an issue, there are many local doggie daycare facilities that would love your dog to come and play for a day or two a week. There are dog walkers, both professional and neighbors that may be willing to help your dog get out while waiting for you to come back home. While this is not the best of all worlds, it certainly is better than destroying the dog and make no mistake: if you take your dog to a shelter, it will probably be euthanized. That means that YOU not the rescue that couldn’t take your dog, but YOU will be responsible for killing the dog because you no longer want the responsibility. Please rethink what you are considering. Make sure you’re comfortable being this kind of person and setting this example for the rest of your family. 

I cannot afford to keep my dog anymore.

Dogs do cost money, but there many much more affordable options that can help. Make a budget that includes your dog’s necessary expenses to determine what your dog NEEDS as opposed to what you want to BUY for your dog. Your dog doesn’t care that they’re wearing a new collar or have the most expensive crate or the biggest yard. You may find than you can afford your dog after all. To lower long-term expenses, keep your dog healthy. A nutritious diet, regular exercise and preventive veterinary care all play a major role in keeping future costs down. Here are some money-saving tips:

  • Visit low-cost clinics for routine vaccinations. Contact your local Humane Society or animal shelter, or ask your local pet supply store for information.
  • Resist the urge to buy extras such as a new collar, dog bed, or bag of treats. Make your own dog bed or ask a friend for help. Offer carrots or apples as snacks, or make homemade treats.
  • DO NOT feed generic/economy dog food to save money. Low-quality diets like Ol’ Roy, Pedigree, Beneful, Dog or Puppy Chow, can cause poor health in the long run. If you cannot budget for premium dog food consider a homemade diet.
  • Contact Boxers and Buddies ( for suggestions, supplies, or other resources.

I have exhausted all of my options and I really cannot keep my dog.

It will not be easy, but sometimes the only option is to give up your dog. Be sure that you have truly explored all avenues. Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because of overcrowding in shelters, don’t  add to that number. Abandonment is NEVER acceptable. You are responsible for finding the best home possible for your dog.

  • Write up a brief fact sheet about your dog covering details like age, breed, size, color, health, temperament and personality. Be honest about your dog – especially regarding behavior.
  • Tell all of your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances that you are looking for a new home for your dog. Explain your situation and the fact that you want to find a great home for your dog. Make sure you check out potential new owners well so your dog does not end up needing a home again.
  • If you cannot place your dog in a forever home yourself, contact animal rescue groups and “no-kill” animal shelters in your area. If your dog is purebred or mixed with a specific, obvious breed, try a breed-specific rescue group.
  • Tell your veterinarian and staff about your situation, they may be able to help. However, do not drop your dog off for services and fail to come back and pick him up. Never leave your dog on the doorstep of a veterinary office. These are seriously irresponsible acts and are unfair to your dog!
  • Please, please do not euthanize your dog if you cannot find him a home.

Our dream is to see all dogs stay in loving, happy homes, for life.  Please contact us if you have other questions regarding surrender of a dog.

Owner Surrender Form »

Other Resources:
Nevada Humane Society
SPCA of Northern Nevada

There are currently 8 Adoptable Dogs with Boxers and Buddies.