Another very common reasons that people feel they need give up their dogs is an inability to find dog-friendly (or pit bull-friendly) housing. We are working on a list of rental companies and apartment complexes that do not have breed or weight restrictions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for some names.
People also contact us wanting to surrender dogs because they are moving or having a baby. Neither of these life changes needs to be an insurmountable problem. These transitions can seem overwhelming, but it is possible to handle them well without giving up your dog — and even to see your dog as an asset and a comfort! We’d be glad to talk to you about our experiences moving to new cities with our dogs and introducing our dogs to babies and children.
If financial issues — for example, inability to pay vet bills — are the problem, there are resources in our area (and most areas) that might help.
Affordable spay/neuter services for privately owned dogs (and cats) are available at Operation Petsnip, a project of No More Homeless Pets. Operation Petsnip is located on the site of the Alachua County Humane Society at 4205 NW 6th St. in Gainesville.
The Humane Society of the US has a list of resources to help pay for emergency veterinary care.
In Gainesville, homeless and very low-income residents can seek help for their pets’ needs at St Francis House Pet Care Clinic.
If you are in the armed services and facing the prospect of surrendering your dog due to your deployment, Dogs on Deployment is a wonderful group dedicated to keeping dogs safe while their humans help keep us safe.