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Surrender Overview

Surrendering your furry loved one is never an easy decision. We understand that sometimes it is in the pup’s best interest for you to re-home him or her and we do not pass judgment on that. We are here to help you and your pup through this emotional time, and we work to ensure it is a positive experience for everyone involved. 

All pups that come to us get a medical workup including full bloodwork, fecal and urine, a dental cleaning, spay/neuter and chip if needed, grooming, and are brought up to date on age-appropriate shots. If any of their tests show abnormalities, then we will run additional tests, schedule surgery, and/or start them on any medication or special food they may require. Pups that are hospice will typically remain in our care for their remaining time. Pups that are healthy and/or young enough may be adopted out. Either way, we invest in your pup so he or she is all set for their next chapter.

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    Surrender Process

    While we want to help as many pups as possible, depending on foster availability, we may not be able to accommodate certain medical or behavioral needs. Through the application process, we want to learn everything about your precious fur-baby so we can determine if we can help. Please be as honest as possible as it helps us understand the pup and to ensure we place them in their perfect new home. Please note that only the legal owner may engage us to surrender their pet.



    Please complete our surrender application and upload a picture of your pet(s). Please answer all questions fully as this information will help us reduce their stress during the transition and allow us to place your pet into a new furever home that is a good fit for their needs.


    After reviewing your application, we will reach out to schedule a behavioral evaluation for your pup(s) with one of our representatives.


    If we feel we can assist your pup, we will reach out to schedule a surrender appointment. Please plan to bring their medical records, vaccination history, behavioral assessments, training history, food, medication, and any favorite toys. If they have a special blanket or bed you can bring that too. Having something that smells like home helps them through the first few days.


    When we meet you will sign the surrender contract to relinquish ownership of your pet. Please note, this transaction is final, and you will not be able to take the dog back at any time for any reason.


    The medical evaluation we conduct on your pup is expensive. We appreciate any contribution you can make towards the care of your pup and it is 100% tax-deductible.

    Begin the Surrender Process

    Please note submitting this form does not guarantee that we can take your dog.


    “I am beyond thankful for Lynn at The Gingerbread House. Due to circumstances, I had to rehome my Peke and she reached out to me. It was a three-hour drive for me, but I didn't think twice about it and knew this was the most caring person to care for my Peke. Lynn was loving, caring, kept me up to date on vet care etc. She also found the perfect person who adopted him. I am truly grateful for her and if anyone needs to rehome a little dog, I would absolutely 100% recommend The Gingerbread House!”

    –Jennifer D.