Giving Up Your Pet

We are only able to show a small selection of the many dogs available for rehoming, and the information provided on each dog is for guideline purposes only. For more information on each dog, or to view all the dogs available for adoption, please visit our rehoming centres directly.

Owning a pet can be an extremely rewarding experience, however it does come with a great deal of responsibility.

Some pet owners find themselves in a position where they feel they can no longer care for their animal. This could be for a number of different reasons, but giving up a pet should always be a last resort.

Animals with behavioural problems
Pets can develop a range of behavioural problems which can be very distressing. Although you may consider giving up your pet when they are displaying signs of aggression, destructiveness or inappropriate toileting there are things that can be done to help.

Firstly, it is important to contact our rehoming team to see what ways you may be able to resolve the issues before you feel unable to cope any longer. You may also get your pet checked by a vet to rule out any form of illness or injury that could be causing the behaviour problem. You may then wish to seek the help of an expert clinical animal behaviourist.

Expensive veterinary treatment
There are some organisations, where funds allow, may be able to help those in receipt of a low income state benefit. To find out if which organisations can help, you can search on sites such as google or yahoo under 'veterinary financial aid'.

You may wish to consider taking out a pet insurance policy for a few pounds a month. This will cover unexpected vets' bills in the future and safeguard your pet's health. We recommend pet insurance as essential for responsible pet ownership.

If you rehomed a dog directly from one of Birmingham Dogs' Home branches, then we will have automatically insured your dog with four weeks free pet insurance. You may be contacted by Petplan to see if you wanted to continue the policy, or you may wish to search for other policies that are more suitable to your financial requirements.

Giving up your pet the right way
We do appreciate that in some circumstances giving up your pet is the right thing to do. It can be a distressing time for both you and your pet so it needs to be done carefully.

Ensure that you give your beloved pet the best chance of finding a happy home by contacting a charity that has experience matching each pet with the right owner.

The Birmingham Dogs' Home will always look at helping you to rehome your dog, however due to the nature of our organisation we have to priortise in taking the stray dogs off the streets which means that there are times when our kennels are full to capacity. In this situation, we will be unable to rehome your animal for you. However, there are other registered charities that can help. Each charity will have different procedures so please do your research before taking your pet to them.