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Do You Have To Pay To Rehome A Dog?

by Adopt a Pet, | January 8, 2024


You may have to pay to rehome a dog depending on how you go about it. If you surrender a dog that you own to a shelter or rescue, you will likely have to pay a fee. Stray or found dogs can be surrendered to shelters without a fee. The fees to surrender your own dog start at around $15 and go up from there. The fee is to cover part of the expenses of caring for and, hopefully, finding a new home for the dog.

How To Rehome Your Dog

Most city shelters and rescues will charge some type of surrender fee. These fees vary greatly, so be sure to call and check on the cost if you think it may be an issue.

If you’re looking for a way to rehome your dog, consider finding a new home for them yourself.

This is an ideal option for many reasons including:

  • You know they will find a home rather than take the chance of them being put down at a shelter.

  • You’ll be able to hand-select the perfect home for your pet.

  • You’ll have peace of mind knowing you did the best thing for your dog. 

The process may seem a little overwhelming, but there are resources available to help you every step of the way. One resource is Rehome, where you can find expert advice, create a profile for your pet, accept applications from potential adopters, and much more.

It may take some time to find the perfect home, but this option gives your dog the best chance at the new, happy life they deserve. 

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