Can I Give My Dog Away?

Can I Give My Dog Away?For whatever reason, you maybe asking yourself can I give my dog away and how? Perhaps you are moving to a new apartment that does not accept pets. An inability to keep up with vet bills, food or maintenance costs are also common reasons.

It happens to lots of people and, unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a new home for a fully grown dog. Obviously you want them to be adopted by a nice family. During this time, feelings of stress and guilt may arise.

It’s a difficult situation, but giving a dog away doesn’t have to be so awful. Address this pet problem head on by working hard, and being creative, and you’ll be successful. For one, networking will open possibilities for finding Fido a new home.

Can I Give My Dog Away? Answer: Yes, don’t feel bad

The most ideal way is to find a family member or close friend that will take them in.

But knowing someone personally, that can adopt a dog, is sadly a rare scenario. Most prospective owners favor finding a dog by making a selection at a pet store that offers many adorable choices. On the other hand, not having to pay adoption fees can be a good incentive for some families. In any case, don’t beat yourself up.

Unlike you, there are people who actually don’t care and abandon their dogs without looking back!

Try Utilizing the Internet

Besides Craigslist, there are several dog profile websites that assist with pet adoption. Be sure to include a flattering picture and a good description so prospective owners get a sense of your dog’s personality. You may be surprised when people contact you asking specific questions. Internet networking, for sure, is one of the best ways to go about giving your dog away.

This web-based method will also allow you to screen potential candidates, ensuring your dog gets a loving new home.

Avoid Adoption Centers

Most options are better than using a typical pet adoption center. These places are usually not so motivated to find a good home for any one particular dog. Adult pets often linger after having only a short window to show their love-ability. This can be a stressful and depressing time for any dog which, in turn, could make them appear less adoptable. They won’t be feeling their best, much like a fish out of water.

Making the Right Choice

Weigh the decision to give your dog away thoroughly and thoughtfully. Perhaps you can fix the problems that are causing you to want to give your dog away. For behavioral issues, consider obedience training which can make owning your dog more enjoyable. It is possible that you will no longer want to give them away! On the other hand, if the issue is something beyond your control, move on and don’t feel so bad.

Look on The Bright Side

You may have a lot going for you when you give your dog away. It’s not as if they’re a stray or a rescued animal that has been abused or neglected. Show your pet in their best light, as a well taken care of and fully vaccinated dog with a good temperament. Do that and finding them a home shouldn’t be too difficult. The trick is to show prospective owners that they will make a great addition to a loving home.

Conclusion on Finding Your Dog a New Home

You can give your dog away if it’s necessary to do so. It can be done if you put in the work. Start by networking with family and friends. Otherwise, consider online services because you can reach more people who are looking for a new pet. But before making such a big decision, consider solving whatever problem you are having with keeping your dog. Either way, keep your chin up!

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Donna January, 2016

We have an 8 month old Dutch Shepherd mix that needs an active human. Because of health issues, we just can’t give him the attention he needs. All his shots are current and he gets heartworm medication monthly. He’s also neutered and extremely loving. He’s just too much dog for us. I really don’t want to take him to a shelter but if we can’t find him a good home, we have no choice.


Katie November, 2015

April of last year my family and I decided to get a dog as a pet. So, we choose a Chocolate Labradoodle puppy and named her Ava. She is spayed, chipped, has all of her shots and has been well taken care of. She had lots of energy, is fun, house broken, pretty well trained and thinks she is a lap dog at 55 pounds.

When she was about 7 months old I noticed I started having trouble breathing ( I have asthma) and my inhalers weren’t helping much. So, I read up on ways to keep her dander cleaned up as best as possible. Unfortunately, its not enough. We are approaching her 2nd birthday and I have to do my breathing treatments every 4 hours! We really need to find a good home for our beautiful girl and preferably one with a nice sized back yard so she can run around. Please help!


Lucy July, 2015

At all costs, avoid Craig’s List, and especially don’t post the pet for free if you feel as though this is your only option. Bad people troll CL looking for free dogs to use as bait for fighting. Animal abusers also look for free dogs. Some people look for free dogs to sell to companies for lab testing. So-called flippers will look for free dogs so they can turn around and make a profit by selling them to the aforementioned bad people.

A Texas woman was getting free dogs off of CL and she even set up a rescue operation to collect money for the dogs. Later it was found out that she would shoot them out on her property. Another family who gave their dog away ended up getting a call from the shelter months later. Their dog ended up being abused after posting a free ad. The stories go on and on.

Rescues will help you re-home the pet, or keep looking until you find someone who will foster or adopt. If worse comes to worse, and you need to use CL, always ask for a re-homing fee. If someone cannot afford to pay the fee, then how are they going to take care of the dog? I have four dogs and two cats. I can tell you that vet bills, flea prevention, good food, toys, and other supplies don’t come cheap. If someone is willing to pay a re-homing fee, chances are they are serious about providing a good home for the pet. Any dog deserves that much.


Upegui May, 2015

My wife and I just had twins and are looking for an apartment. We have two friendly spayed and neutered dogs. We will miss them but they need a new home so we can find our new home. One is a female Blue Nose Terrier, and the other is a male Beagle/Boston Terrier. If anyone wants loyal, active and protective dogs you can email:


Melissa May, 2015

I am in a bad spot. I am expecting a baby in 4 and a half months. I feel that I cannot take care of a dog anymore once the baby comes. She needs attention all the time and isn’t well potty trained. My husband is insisting he will not give her up even though he works full-time and I take care of her all day. We’ve been dead locked on this for months. Any comment or suggestion would help.


Sandy May, 2015

I am in a pickle. Lucy is a loving dog of mixed breed. We have been told that she is part long-haired Dachshund and part Corgi. She is about the size of a Beagle. We are not home much, my husband works and I am on dialysis. She spends way too much time cooped up. I feel bad for her and it also makes for a very bored doggy. Our two year old grandchild is afraid of her so she spends even more time confined when the baby is over.

Please help! I don’t want to take her to a shelter. She is a russet color, very soft and her age is about 8 to 10 years. She loves being a lap dog! We live near Denver, Colorado.


Jim April, 2015

I have 2 German Shepherds that are 5 years old. They’re named Rico and Jerzy. They were trained at Georgia K9 and are very obedient. They are loving and best friends. We hope that we can find them a home that will take them both. They have been together since being puppies. They have full American Kennel Club (AKC) papers and are up-to-date regarding health. My wife and I are in a smaller home with almost no back yard and we travel quite a bit. We love them, but feel bad that they spend so much time alone.


Tina April, 2015

I’m desperately looking for a home for my pets. I have to move out of my home in 2 weeks and the apartment I am moving to does not accept pets. I have two cute small male Chihuahua / Terrier mixes. One looks like a Chihuahua and one looks like a Terrier. Both dogs are neutered. All shots up to date and they are micro-chipped. I also have two female long hair Calico cats, under a year old, that are spayed with all shots up to date. If anyone is interested in giving them a good home, please email me at:


Ester April, 2015

My mother-in-law is moving into a condo that does not allow pets. She has a male dog, a three year old King Charles Spaniel, that needs to find a new home. She is moving in a month and just wants a home for it. Thanks!


Barbara March, 2015

I have a 9 year old German Shepherd to give, for free, to a good home. I’m moving into a flat so I can’t take her with me. She’s very good-natured, good with children and very placid. I’m hoping to move next week so it’s quite urgent that she gets rehomed soon. Many thanks!


Maria March, 2015

My children and I are moving and I’ve taken on a larger role at work. We’re no longer able to give our Cockapoo the care and attention he deserves. He is a very lovable and energetic 2 1/2 year old male. We would love to find him a good home.


Teri February, 2015

I rescued a stray and she needs a good home. I will give her a bath, you can have the bowls and leash and whatever food that’s left. She is not house broken but she’s free of charge!


Anila February, 2015

Hi. I rescued a puppy 2 days ago. I’m not sure of the breed, she’s sandy and black in color with white paws, kind of like a Beagle. She’s playful but looked a bit scared in the beginning. It only took a day for her to feel warm. My building doesn’t allow dogs and I work shifting hours either night or day. So every time I leave for work, the dog cries and creates disturbance to my next door neighbors. Can anyone tell me where I can send the dog? Please email me at


Kristen January, 2015

I have a 3 year old Pit Bull named Molly who I rescued and now I am regretting taking this on. I have 5 kids and 3 dogs. It is too overwhelming and I cannot give Molly the attention she deserves. We are never home. She is good with kids and is very friendly, almost too friendly sometimes. Please let me know if anyone would be willing to take her and love her like she deserves.


Carolyn December, 2014

I need a home for young adult 98 pound white pure German Shepherd. He is beautiful, neutered, house-trained, crate-trained, current on shots and has no known health issues. He’s very smart with a few tricks and basic commands already learned. He has been in a foster home but his owner had to move out of state.


Felicita December, 2014

I’m looking for a home for my Lab and Cocker Spaniel mix. She’s always been a house dog but we had a fire and can no longer keep her where I’m staying. She is free, sweet, friendly and a very good watch dog.


Cathy December, 2014

I have a mixed Lab/Australian Sheppard. I got him from a stranger giving away pups at the Bellevue Splash and Dash last year. He is very active and good with people. I can’t seem to train him not to jump all over you, but he is not good with other dogs at all. I need to re-home him as I cannot take proper care in regards to exercise and play, etc. as I have breathing issues. He needs a loving home and lots of space which I don’t have.


Sommer November, 2014

Hello I have 2 obedient girl dogs both almost 4 years old. They are sisters mix Golden/Cocker. They’re also bathroom trained outside. I cannot take them with me when I move and I am devastated. I am going into law school. Please help. Free to a good home!


Mike October, 2014

I have a 9 year old Rottweiler named Brusco. He is a big dog, 160 pounds, but very lovable. I am in the process of moving and have no one to take him and unfortunately I cannot bring him with me. This is not an easy decision by any means. I would like to find a good loving home hopefully with a lot of land.


Britney October, 2014

I have two small dogs that need a loving home. They are both girls and are about 2 months old. If interested please contact:


Gwendolyn September, 2014

I am looking for a good home for my 4 year old Dachshund mix Terrie. No money required. She is potty trained, she is active, she is very sweet and friendly. Please help. You can reach me, Gwendolyn, at:


Alex September, 2014

I have three dogs and recently accepted a new job in a different state. I currently have my house up for sale, but in the mean time have to rent an apartment until my house sells. My problem is that apartments only allow two dogs. I have to find a home for one of my dogs.

They are all Welsh Terriers and I am wanting to find a home for the oldest dog. He is well groomed, well mannered and is crate trained. Please contact me if you like an older mature pet. He is a small dog that weighs 20 pounds.


Mel September, 2014

Hi. I am looking for a good home for my 9 year old spayed female yellow Lab. She is an amazing, obedient well trained dog. If interested please text or call 904-826-7761. She’s located in St. Augustine, Florida.


Buffy March, 2014

I am an animal rescuer, worldwide. Yes, you can give even your children away if you really want. It’s your choice. But let me tell you, dogs have feelings and I have met dogs who died of broken hearts. Not once or twice, quite a few times. I saw dogs really taking a long time getting over this change.

So before getting a dog think twice, they are living beings and do feel. Even though there are those who are far too blind to see, they will tell you that is okay and dogs feel nothing at all. Well, from experience of over 50 years with dogs, it’s a sad situation for them most of the time.


Jassy June, 2014

I have two big dogs. I’m now single and both my dogs are nearly three. My life has changed dramatically in the last three months. I absolutely spoil and care for my dogs and I feed them well. Because my life has changed I feel sometimes I’m neglecting them and it makes me sad. I can not walk both dogs at the same time. It is too difficult and they need training in walking and socializing with other dogs.

I am thinking of giving them away to someone who would take both. It would be great if they could be on a big property where they can run and play and be happy. Is it selfish to keep my dogs and not walk them a lot. I’m just really concerned if this is affecting them because sometimes its hard.


Katrina July, 2014

I wish people would put as much thought into getting a new puppy as they do when having a baby. Dogs should not be disposable.


Eddie April, 2015

Hi Buffy. I’m a kind of an animal lover myself but I gave my Lab away to my next door neighbor. I know what you’re thinking right now. My reason is I have major depression and short term memory loss. Living by myself, most of the time I only eat Ramen noodles. I barely make one thousand dollars and my rent is 850. My Lab eats three times more than me. I can’t even take care of myself, so I think giving him to my neighbor is best for him.


Gala January, 2016

You absolutely did the right thing. I commend you for realizing you could not manage and then found your dog a new home. At least he is close by, so hopefully you can see him from time to time.


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