We know that sometimes unfortunate
things can happen to individuals and
families in such a way that they are not
able to care for their beloved German
Shepherd. If you are the owner of a
purebred German Shepherd that you can't
care for anymore, and want to surrender
the dog to a non-kill shelter, please
read the following very carefully and
then complete the application below.
Submission of an application is
not a guarantee that the dog will be
accepted for an "Owner turn-in" with our
group. It can take up to several weeks
or months before we can clear a space to
bring your dog into our organization.
In some lucky cases, we may already have
someone looking for a dog that would be
a perfect match. We do our best to
help as many dogs as we can, but we
receive far more requests for help than
we can accommodate.
If your dog is accepted onto our
owner surrender waiting list, you will
be given a date on which to bring the
dog in to one of the boarding kennels
that we use in Orange County. At
that time, the dog MUST be
spayed/neutered, and up-to-date on
vaccinations. We will need all of
the dog's paperwork, including AKC
registration (if any), certificate of
sterility, records from your
veterinarian, etc. If you can
write something about the dog, it will
help us to find him or her the right
In the meantime, you can try to
find your dog a new home on your own.
We have some information here.
Please be sure to have your dog
spayed/neutered and brought up-to-date
on vaccinations BEFORE you place him or
her into a new home. We also
recommend that you ask for an adoption
fee. Please do not place a "free
to good home" ad, as there are
unscrupulous characters who will "con"
people out of free dogs only to try to
make a profit by selling them to
laboratory research or dog fighting
rings. Please don't let that happen
to your pet.