Surrender Process

Surrender Process


Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue assists owners in need of re-homing their GSPs. Our rescue is committed to finding loving and committed homes for the GSPs in our program. We carefully screen all adoptive homes, perform a home visit, and each adopter signs a legally binding contract at the time of adoption.

The first step is for you to fill out the online Surrender Form. This provides us with the information we need to begin the process. Many families wish for their dog to remain in their home with them until a new home is found. We will most certainly work with you if this is your desire. And, that saves a foster home for a shelter dog that desperately needs that space. If you cannot hold on to your dog we will locate a foster home, contact you and transfer the dog. Please note that when the physical transfer from an owner to a Rescue volunteer occurs, Rescue is now the legal owner of said GSP. The Surrender Form transfer of ownership has at that point occurred.

We will follow-up with you via e-mail (normally within 24 hours) and will ask clarifying questions if there is any missing information on the form. We will also ask for photos of your dog, and any/all available veterinary records.

If you are looking to surrender your GSP for behavioral reasons, we ask that you contact us, as we may be able to assist you in working through these issues. We can also refer you to training resources in your area, should you wish to work on the behavioral concerns you are facing.

If you purchased your GSP from a breeder, we ask that you please refer to your purchase contract (if you have one). Responsible breeders require you sign a contract at purchase, and will require that you return the dog to them if you are no longer able to provide for or care for your dog.

If you are giving up your dog because you are moving, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible. We are an all volunteer organization, and we foster dogs in our own homes. Therefore, we do not have a shelter facility where you can drop off your dog. We do need lead time if we are to locate a foster home for your dog.