SURRENDER A SPECIAL-NEEDS DOG
SURRENDER FEE APPLICABLE
BEFORE YOU SURRENDER YOUR DOG
Understand a special-needs Dog
Special-needs dogs are often marginalized because they are either born with health defects, or undergo severe injury leaving them disabled. These dogs undergo a high rate of abandonment and therefore we must make sure that they get the highest quality care possible at VOSD.
When you surrender a dog the transition is a traumatic experience for the dog. Living in a new environment is very stressful for even the most well-adjusted dog.
Surrendering a dog MUST be your last option. VOSD provides this facility only so that you do NOT abandon the dog. We are interested in the welfare and well-being of the dog.
WHEN NOT TO SURRENDER YOUR DOG
If you’re considering surrendering your dog first consider THESE options
If you’re considering not keeping the dog with you because of his behaviour: Please take the advice of your vet or consult a trainer for help with common behavioural problems. If you feel, however, that his behaviour is unusual, and that you need additional or other support, you may ask for opinion by writing to us at email@example.com
RWA / NEIGHBOUR ISSUES:
If you’re considering not keeping the dog because of your neighbours or RWA restrictions:
- Remember, it is not lawful for housing complexes to demand that you give up your pet, or impose other restrictions upon you, such as disallowing the use of elevators by your pet, etc.
- Likewise, your neighbours can’t be unreasonable about your pet dog (if you’re a responsible pet owner), and object to natural behaviour such as barking, etc., or object to your having him with you. If that is what is happening, ask for support on the VOSD Facebook page, or look through the VOSD website FAQs & Blog for solutions, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support and advice. Do not bow down to unlawful demands.
IF YOU CAN RE-HOME THE DOG YOURSELF:
Try to find the dog a home yourself: Re-home your dog to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier for your dog and will allow you to know that he is going to a good new home. Look for an alternate place that the dog can live in. The VOSD Rescue should not be your first option. Check with friends and family, and network online and with the community of ‘adoption agencies’ in your city where the dog can find a home.
TYPES OF DOGS YOU CAN’T SURRENDER TO VOSD
- You can’t ‘surrender’ a stray dog that lives in your street. Displacing a street dog is an illegal act in Indian law; and in any event, the vacuum that you create by displacing a street dog will be filled up by other street dog/s.
- Picking a pup off the street, especially a pup that has a mother and is not an orphaned, all alone pup, is in fact tantamount to displacing the little dog, which is contrary to law. If you wish to pick such a pup off the street with a view to getting it adopted, this facility is NOT available to you.
- You can’t surrender a pet dog that belongs to you that may have been entrusted to you temporarily and belongs to your spouse or children or parents. That is a breach of trust.
Please remember, you need to prove you are the owner/rescuer of the dog, and provide its medical history in order to be able to surrender the dog to us.
IF YOU CAN NO LONGER KEEP YOUR DOG, DO NOT:
• DON’T abandon your dog at a place far from home, or a strange area, in the hope that he won’t come back. Your dog lacks the skills to survive on his own and WILL die of starvation or injury. Other dogs will attack, and injure, or may even kill him, since dogs are territorial and tend to fight off other newer dogs that stray into their territory. AND, abandoning a dog like that is an offence in law.
• DON’T abandon your dog in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find him. Your dog lacks the skills to survive on his own. AND, abandoning a dog like that is an offence in law.
• DON’T give away your dog to a stranger. You don’t know if that person can be a responsible and kind pet owner. Dogs that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or abandoned or sold to breeders, etc.
Please note there is a one time surrender fee of ₹20,000.
The surrender fees is a small percentage of the cost that VOSD will incur in the lifetime care of the pet or rescued dog you want to surrender. A lifetime of food, supplements, veterinary support and medication. It takes approx. ₹20,000 per year to maintain a healthy dog and can be 5 times that amount to maintain an infirm/disabled/old dog.
Surrender Your Dog to VOSD
If you have exhausted all other avenues, you can surrender your dog to the VOSD, SUBJECT TO our calling upon you to do so. For this you have to write to email@example.com with all details about the dog and reason why you wish to surrender the dog to VOSD.
- If we are persuaded that the circumstance warrants our intervention, and that you’re the owner of the dog and have shared accurate and verifiable information, we will accept any dog, without passing judgment on you.
- This policy is entirely on VOSD’s discretion and can be discontinued, withdrawn or modified at any time without notice.
- The decision of accepting or not accepting a dog rests solely with VOSD.
If because of any circumstance you have decided not to keep your pet dog, you can surrender your dog to VOSD. HOWEVER, you cannot simply bring the dog to us. Please follow the process of surrendering your dog to VOSD.
SURRENDER PROCESS EXPLAINED
- Once you get approval to surrender a dog to VOSD, you need to send us the vaccination and medical certificates as mentioned on the surrender link that will be shared with you.
(1) A vet certificate on the dog’s age
(2) Dog’s present condition
(3) Diagnosis and prescription of medicines, if any
(4) A photograph of the dog
(5) We will receive the dog from you on verification that the dog is tick and flea free (since the dog will come to boarding/halfway home first)
(6) Has had their DLHPPi + Rabies shots.
- Then our team will connect you with our boarding partner in Bangalore to drop the dog. You will have to bear the transport cost as we do not provide transportation.
- VOSD will pay the boarding fees till we pick up the dog from the boarding center.
- After we pick up the dog from the boarding partner center, our team will send you an update when the dog reaches VOSD. That is the only update we share about surrendered dogs and close the surrender ticket.
- We do not allow visits for surrendered dogs nor do we provide any individual updates about the surrendered dog. This is our standard surrender policy.
- If you do not agree with our surrender policy, kindly do not approach us to surrender the dog.
- Please note that we don’t admit unvaccinated dogs at VOSD.
NOTE: If you choose to surrender a dog to the VOSD Sanctuary and Hospital, please remember that this is still as per the terms of the VOSD Standard Operating Procedure on visitation, which means no individual updates are provided for surrendered dogs neither are visits allowed.