How can I get my dog back that I surrendered?Q:
I had surrendered my Airedale terrier to a non profit org in south Florida, 2 months ago, at the time I had explained the heart ache to rehome our 8 month old pup, we had to make a sudden move out of the state for a job, we couldn't take our dog with us...so I called Airedale rescue in my area of Florida, I surrendered him but within a month or (6 weeks the move didn't go through...) My kids are so upset and I called the sunshine airedalers to request him back they gave him to a new family, is there anyway I can contact them to get him back???A:
Typically when one surrenders an animal to a humane organization, a surrender agreement is signed. The agreement usually states that the person surrendering the animal has no further rights to the animal. Sometimes (although I do not know how often) a humane organization will contact a new adopter when an original guardian comes forth (such as in a lost and found situation) to let the new adopter know that the original guardian had lost the animal and would like the animal back. However, it is less likely that a humane organization would contact an adopter for the purpose of trying to get an animal returned if the animal was surrendered by his guardian. After all, whatever caused a person to surrender an animal in the first place may occur again. For example, you were going to make a sudden move due to a job. What if another out of town job comes up in a few months? Usually a humane organization will not release the name of an adopter to a prior guardian. Doing so could cause altercations between the adopter and the prior guardian and such a policy could reduce adoptions. Consult with an attorney in your area who can review the agreement you may have signed and advise you. I hope you will consider the long term best interests of the dog.
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott
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