Strays and Owner Surrenders
“I need to surrender my dog.”
ACPBR is not a shelter; therefore, we do not accept public intakes without a long term foster commitment from the relinquishing party. Should we agree to intake, the dog must be spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and heart worm negative. Due to lack of funding and for liability reasons, we cannot even consider dogs being re-homed due to aggression issues. If you are having problems with behavior, please contact us for training referrals. If you need temporary placement, please contact a local boarding facility.
Please understand that we get multiple inquiries daily requesting that we take a dog for a variety of reasons. Many of the dogs brought into our program are at risk of being euthanized due to over-crowding at Animal Care Services – we are not a back up plan for every pit bull owner in the city. Below are resources for the most common re-homing inquiries:
- “I’m moving” – contact us for a list of breed friendly rental options in the city or check out My Pit Bull is Family for nationwide resources
- “My dogs aren’t getting along” – contact a trainer first to evaluate the situation
- “I don’t have time for my dog” – as a rescue that advocates for responsible ownership, we will not accept a dog into our program because you do not have the time. Dogs are a lifelong commitment and should be treated as such.
- “We’re having a baby” – many of our fosters, volunteers and adopters have children of their own. Training can provide resources to prepare yourself and your pets for the addition of a new family member. If you do not trust your own animal, how can we trust placing them with a complete stranger?
- “My dog is sick and I can’t afford it” – we are a 501c3 non-profit that relies solely on donations. There are many low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics in the city and options such as Care Credit, Go Fund Me, etc. Feel free to email us for a list of additional resources for low cost pet care.
Found A Dog?
Sometimes, accidents happen and dogs get out! Before you think “stray,” try to reunite the lost dog with its owners. Someone out there might be looking for their fur baby! A lost dog might be underweight, hurt or dirty. Its possible that it became that way during the time it was on the run. Lost house pets are also often frightened or incredibly skittish – this doesn’t always mean that the dog was abused or neglected!
To re-unite a lost dog with their owners:
- check for tags
- check for a microchip. A local shelter or vet office can scan for a chip for you. If there is a chip and it is NOT registered, ask the chip manufacturer which shelter or vet office put the chip in. They should have records that can link you back to the owners!
- Post flyers in the area the dog was found.
- Post ads online. Craigslist, Facebook, instagram with hash tags, newspaper, pet finder, etc are all useful online tools!
- Look for Lost Dog flyers/posting online and in the area where the dog was found.
- Contact local shelters. Most owners will file lost dog reports with their local shelter.
“I’ve done everything mentioned above… what now?”
If you have done everything above and have been unsuccessful in reuniting your stray dog with their owner or you have rescued a dog from a shelter, bad situation, etc. and you are able to foster, the following applies to you:
Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue is not a shelter. We are a foster based rescue and cannot intake without a dedicated foster. We have very limited resources; however, we have done this a time or two and would like to help you successfully place your homeless dog. The following things make your dog marketable and are required for intake:
- Spay/neuter: San Antonio is FILLED with low cost spay and neuter locations! Certain zip codes qualify for free spay and neuters or discounted services. Animal Defense League, Spay SA, Humane Society, SNAP and SNIPSA to name a few.
- Up to date on shots: There are also many low cost vaccination clinics which even host mobile clinics weekly or monthly
- CANNOT pose a threat to humans – we do not accept dogs with a bite history under any circumstances
- If there have been reactivity issues with other animals, you will need to have the dog evaluated by a professional at your expense
If you are unable to foster, please contact Animal Care Services (311). Contrary to popular belief, ACS is not an automatic death sentence for a stray dog. They are required to hold strays for 3-5 days which allows time for medical assessment and temperament testing. ACS also spays/neuters and vaccinates all animals prior to them leaving campus which is invaluable for a donation based rescue with limited funding such as ACPBR.