Surrendering your dog

Surrendering Your Dog

As a small independent rescue manned by volunteers, we have a limited amount of kennel space, paid for private boarding kennels, and hence rely on foster homes. This is all paid for by donations and fundraising so our resources are limited.

We are predominantly a Terrier and Stafford rescue but do take a mix of breeds looking for homes. Sadly we have a waiting list to come in for large bull breeds as homes are not so forthcoming, they remain in our care for longer and also many need socialisation and behavioural work. We also have restricted space in our OAP unit which again tends to have a waiting list. The current rescue situation in the UK is horrendous, so please consider carefully before contacting us because "you don't have enough time for your dog", as it is still likely to be considerably more one-to-one time than they would have in kennels.

We are a responsible rescue and will only accept dogs, that we consider that we can rehome safely.

Gumtree/Preloved and other similar sites

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We would urge you not to advertise your dog "free to a good home" on these sites, as there has been a huge increase in dogs being sold on to other homes, turning up dead, mutilated or in a dreadful condition.

Increasing numbers of people are trawling these sits for free dogs (particularly bull breeds) to use as bait dogs for dog-fighting rings, often posing (very convincingly) as loving family homes. Or in the case of unneutered dogs and bitches to use as breeding machines and then being cast out.

If you do advertise your dog, you should insist on visiting any potential homes, and taking up references with a vet etc. If they are genuinely offering a loving home they will not mind.

Surrendering your dog to Epsom Canine Rescue

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If you would like Epsom Canine Rescue to consider rehoming your dog, you will need to do the following:

1. Complete the surrender form which can be found here. Please note completion of this form will not guarantee us taking your dog                          2. Send us at least two clear photos of your dog. This is a requirement and we cannot accept any dogs without photos.                                                          3. Upon receipt of your form we will advise you if we can help, then make arrangements to visit/meet you and your dog and undergo an independent assessment to gauge behaviour at your cost. This is carried out at the Dog Communication training field and is a twenty minute one-to-one assessment at a cost of £25.00 payable to Dog Communications. 

We will require both the form and the photos before we can proceed. If you are having any difficulty completing the form or uploading photos please get in touch via the contact us page.                           

Please note                         

 . We may ask you to contribute to vaccination and neuter cost (if this has not already been done).We will ask to see copies of vaccination and microchip paperwork.We will always visit your dog prior to intake and request that you bring them in for an assessment.
. We will ask to see copies of vaccination and microchip paperwork.
. We will ask you to arrange for your dogs medical history to be faxed from your vet to ours.
. We may ask you to contribute to vaccination and neuter cost (if this has not already been done). 

Please email the completed form to:

Surrender Form

If we are able to help we will get back in contact with you as soon as possible, but remember we are run by volunteers.

Rescue Dogs

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If your dog originally came from a rescue organisation, then you should contact them first to ascertain you are not in breach of your adoption agreement by rehoming the dog. Many rescues insist on being contacted first under such circumstances, and will often have microchip details registered to themselves, so they would be alerted if re-registered to a new owner.