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I'm low income and want my dog back from the animal shelter

Q:

I surrendered my dog over to the animal shelter. Now I want her back. I'm low income and they don't want to help me out.

A:

Usually the person who surrenders his/her animal to an animal shelter loses all rights to that animal, unless the surrender agreement states otherwise. Shelters are often reluctant to return a surrendered animal because whatever caused the animal to be surrendered in the first place may occur again. In other words, the shelter would have concern about the animal’s future well-being and about the “owner’s” long term commitment to that animal. It is so important for people to consider the consequences of their actions before surrendering their animals to a shelter or giving their animals away.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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