SURRENDER OF A HUSKY:
When surrendering a dog please be aware it is subject to avaliability of homes and sometimes it can take a while to find a suitable home for the dog. Also by surrendering, it does not guarantee we can find a home for your dog.
If you rehome the dog yourselves, please email Husky Rescue so we know you no longer require us to find a home for the dog.
Husky Rescue W.A. is a not-for-profit organization that assists dogs in finding new homes. Our goal is to keep as many dogs as we can, out of rescue and shelters and in the loving arms of their families. Most people who contact us think they are doing their dog a huge favor by finding him a home that “has more time for him" or "can give him the home he deserves." However, most dogs are better off remaining in the home they know and love, even if it means they will get less attention from you.
Of course this applies to dogs that are being properly cared for and whose basic needs are consistently met. We urge owners to surrender animals to us only as a last resort. Many animal behavior problems can be treated with training, fencing, and increased attention.
Please de-sex/sterilize your pets. Husky Rescue will accept your dog’s puppies, but we would rather see the birth of more unwanted huskies prevented! Unfortunately change does happen in our lives, as does behavioral problems with our pets, these are the main reasons for surrendering a dog. Moving House, Having a Baby, Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Pressure and Behavioral Problems, are often reasons why people surrender animals to rescue groups or shelters.
Did you get him/her as a puppy from a breeder?
If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned if you decide to no longer keep him. If you do not want to keep your dog, contact your breeder first.
Did you get your Dog from a Rescue Organization?
If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.
Is there a new baby in the family?
Most Huskies are fantastic family pets! If you can take care of your new little human baby, you can take care of a dog. Educational materials can be found on the web to help you ease the transition:
There are plenty of houses, apartments, townhouses, and hotels that accept medium and large breed dogs. A guide can be found online for pet friendly rental properties all over Australia.
Are there behavioral issues?
Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? There is most likely a trainer in your area, or Club that could help you. If you didn't socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enrol him in obedience school. It’s fun and can count as your 30 minutes of bonding time!
We urge owners to surrender animals to us only as a last resort.
Many animal behavior problems can be treated with training, fencing, and increased attention.
Don’t have enough time for your dog?
Experts in the animal field seem to agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with his owner per day, to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted! That could be simply spent lying in bed at night watching TV together, playing with the ball/tug rope in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog around the block! Surely you can spare 15 to 30 minutes per day.
Having pets has been shown to reduce personal stress and can add years to your life. Siberians do need exercise — every day. For a happy Husky, you need to be willing to give your dog the activity they require to keep him/her and your family happy and healthy. These activities can also include swimming, going to the beach, enclosed dog park and best of all, sledding (WA Sleddog Sports Association) – make the time for you and your dog.
Conclusion: Before surrendering your beloved family pet, the above reasons have solutions and we are more than happy to assist you in finding a way to keep you Husky. Also, please de-sex your pets. Husky Rescue will accept your dog’s puppies; but we would rather see the birth of further unwanted animals prevented!
If your Husky is a loved family member, we are hopeful you can take the measures to try and solve this problem and use surrender as a very last resort. Please explore all of your options and research alternatives before making the decision – you just need to find it!
If you feel you have exhausted all these options and you must surrender your Husky, for more information, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information you provide on the forms will help us match your dog with an appropriate new home. Please fill out the Surrender Rehoming Application, to the best of your ability, this gives us some background information and will ensure that we are able to place your dog if space or home is available, Husky Rescue W.A. will endeavour to find a home for your dog as soon as possible, however it is likely you will have to care for your dog until a home is found that is best matched with his/her personality and needs.
Important points to Note for Surrender:
- We cannot guarantee a new home will be found immediately.
- We ask that you continue to care for your dog, until a new home is found.
- Husky Rescue has an optional donation surrender fee of $50 for De-sexed/sterilized dogs; and $70 for intact dogs, this fee does not apply to pound dogs. The fee is to help assist and provide support with food or flea treatments, medical treatment dogs need before they are rehomed.
- A Surrender Form and Change of Ownership Form (AAR) if dog is micro chipped must be filled out and signed on drop off or pick up of the dog, email us and we will send you a form to sign. You also must complete the online Surrender Rehoming Application.
- We do not pay you for the dog; the dog is to be surrendered at no cost. The dog will be rehomed for an adoption fee, no matter what vet work is already completed when surrendered. This is to ensure the best possible home for the dog.
- You can still try and rehome the dog yourself, please notify us should you succeed.
- Please remember, we are volunteers and most of us work full time, and have families.
What we do to rehome:
- Advertise on our web page and Facebook page and various other Rescue Groups, and Dog rehoming Internet sites.
- We place all dogs, once surrendered, through our vet for a health check, vaccination, micro chipping & sterilization (if needed at our cost).
- Conduct fence checks on the prospective new owners, and explain the traits if not already known of Siberian Huskies, and other Artic Breeds.
- Arrange for transport and introduction with new owners and any of their existing animals, and family..
- We charge the new owners an adoption fee to cover our vet bills and other associated costs; we also give them a four week trial with the dog. None of the adoption fee is considered personal profit. All adoption fees go straight back to our dogs and Husky Rescue.
- Once the surrender form is signed HRWA will not have any legal responsibility to reimburse or consult with the former owner over any decisions made for the pet. Once signed, the former owner will have no claim over the pet or decisions made for the pet. With the forms signed, and dog collected, it is then considered the legal property of HRWA. l