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How can I get my dog back from the animal rescue shelter?

Q:

A few months a go I released my dog to an animal rescue shelter. She had nine puppies plus her and the father, and I was doing everything I could for them by myself. But it got to much, so I signed the papers and let them go to this place. Now 3 months later I see the female, my dog, up for adoption. According to the lady I am not fit to have her back. One reason for this, and I quote, "you live with your parents" I am a disabled veteran, duh I live with my parents. Is there anything I can do to get my dog back? Please help me.

A:

Typically when an animal is surrendered to an animal shelter, the person surrendering the animal signs an agreement relinquishing all rights to the animal. If the person changes his/her mind, it is up to the shelter to decide whether or not to return the animal. Oftentimes, shelters will not return surrendered animals since the reason the animal was relinquished in the first place still exists (which is that the person is unable for a variety of reasons to care for the animal). To pursue this matter further, consult with an attorney in your state.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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