Surrendering Your Dog

Here at Hope rescue we understand that making the decision to surrender your much loved dog to a rescue can be very distressing. As a small rescue which is mainly run by volunteers we can’t always commit to take in every surrender, however we will do our best to help talk you through the options available to you and if we can help, we try to make the process as transparent as possible.

How do I apply to surrender my dog to Hope Rescue?

In order for us to assess if we can help we need you to fill in the surrender form (see below) or you can email us at to ask for a surrender form to be sent to you.

It is vitally important that you give as much detail as possible on the form; you need to be clear about any issues either health or behaviour related your dog may have so that we can make sure we can match your dog to the best foster home or rescue. Please also include recent pictures of the dog.

Your dog must be microchipped prior to being accepted. If you are not the person registered to the chip you must advise us of the person who is on the chip and their agreement for you to surrender the dog.

What happens next?

Once we have received your surrender form along with recent pictures of the dog, we will then add the dog to our waiting list.  Someone from Hope Rescue will contact you if a space becomes available and if we are able to take in your dog(s) for rehoming. Please note filling in this form is not an automatic guarantee to take in the dogs.

What if I manage to rehome my dog privately?

By completing this form, you are agreeing to keep Hope Rescue informed, especially if you no longer need assistance. If you do not maintain regular contact, the dog(s) may be removed from the waiting list.

If my dog is offered a space what will happen?

We will advise you if a space becomes available and you will need to bring the dog(s) to one of our boarding kennels along with a signed copy of the surrender form. You should also bring along any other paper work the dog may have such as vaccination cards, pet passport and microchip details etc.

Will my dog be rehomed with Hope Rescue?

Hope Rescue uses a network of reputable rescues to help rehome the dogs in their care, this may mean your dog could be passed to a third party rescue and may not be directly rehomed by Hope. By signing this form you agree you have been made fully aware your dog may be passed to another rescue and that Hope are unable to give further details once the dog has moved to them. We do not disclose any information about the rescue whdih has taken in your dog.

Are Hope Rescue and any third parties non destruct?

While every effort is made to rehome or transfer to another rescue all the dogs surrendered to us, there may be occasions when it is in the best welfare interests of the dog to be euthanised. This will be due to either medical and/ or welfare needs or if it is deemed that the behaviour of the dog may cause a significant risk to the public and/or other animals. All euthanasia decisions are taken in line with our Euthanasia Policy which can be found on our website here.

By signing the form you are confirming that you have read and understood that you are relinquishing any right in the decision making process with regards to the euthanasia of the dog.

How much does it cost to surrender a dog?

While we don’t have a set fee for surrendering a dog we do ask for an appropraite donation to help care for the dogs in our care. For example, it costs around £15 to vaccinate a dog and at least £80 to spay a bitch.

For further information or to chat to one of our team about our surrender process please email us on or call us on 07545822919