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What Does It Mean to Surrender an American Staffordshire Terrier?

by Adopt a Pet, | January 11, 2024


If you’re giving up your pet, you may be wondering, “what does it mean to surrender an American Staffordshire Terrier?” As the term implies, it means that you’re surrendering all rights as an owner and turning your dog over to a shelter or organization that will then take over the care of your pet — that includes deciding whether or not she is adoptable. 

What is the Surrender Process?

While the exact process of surrendering a dog to a shelter varies by location, it typically includes meeting with an intake specialist, discussing why you’re surrendering your American Staffordshire Terrier, and then paying a surrender fee. In some cases, if the shelter is full, you may have to be placed on a wait list.

What Happens Next?

After you pay the fee for surrendering your pet, you relinquish all rights and will not be able to see exactly where your pet ends up. Even in the best shelters, some pets suffer from separation anxiety, fear, and confusion. If your dog has a hard time adjusting to shelter life, he could have a hard time finding a new home. Sadly, some municipalities also have regulations that don’t allow any “Pit Bull type dogs,” which may make it more difficult for your American Staffordshire Terrier to find a new home.

Ideally, your pet will be placed in a loving home, but unfortunately once you surrender your pet there is no way to know for sure. Your pet was part of the family, it can be hard to know you have no control of what happens to him. 

Is There Another Way?

Yes! If you are able to keep your American Staffordshire Terrier a bit longer, consider rehoming him yourself. While this will take more time and effort than surrendering him, you’ll be able to choose who adopts your dog and make sure that he ends up in a home that will keep him happy and healthy.

Visit the Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com website for tips about rehoming, to set up a profile for your American Staffordshire Terrier, communicate with potential adopters, and more. With some time and patience, you’ll help your pet find the new home he deserves. 

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