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Does Petco Take Dogs?

by Adopt a Pet, | January 8, 2024

Does Petco Take Dogs?

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Petco does not take dogs—at least not from the rehome_legacy. The dogs you might see for adoption in store are available through a shelter or rescue that is in partnership with the Petco Foundation.

Where Can I Bring a Dog I Need to Rehome?  

Are you considering surrendering your dog? Since Petco cannot take him, you’ll need to search for another option. First, be sure you’ve exhausted all chances of keeping your dog in your home. Whether the issue is behavioral, financial, or simply a lack of time, there are resources available to help you keep your pet. For help with this, check out our Keep Your Pet page. 

If that’s not possible, you’ll have a few options including:

  • Surrendering Your Pet to a Shelter – Surrendering your dog to a shelter is one option—but it comes with risks. Many such organizations are extremely limited on space and it is possible that pets may be put to sleep. While these groups do their best to find a great home for every pet that is surrendered to them, it is not always possible.

  • Finding a Rescue to Take Your Dog – A rescue differs from a shelter in that they are usually privately run and most will keep your dog for as long as it takes to find a good home. The downside is that it can be difficult to find a rescue with the room to take your pet. Still, this is an option worth exploring.

  • Asking Friends or Family to Adopt Your Dog – Maybe someone you’ve spent time with has fallen in love with your dog and would love to give her/him a good home. It never hurts to ask, so post on social media to see if anyone in your circle is interested.

  • Finding a New Home Yourself- Taking the time to find your dog a perfect home is a responsible option that gives your pet a great chance at happiness. It may take some time and effort, but you don’t have to do it alone. Resources, such as Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com, make the process easier. 

If you can’t keep your dog, explore all of your options and make the choice that you think will be best for both you and your dog. Knowing he is safe and loved makes it worth the effort.  

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