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Owner Surrenders / Release Policy

We at Precious Paws Rescue, Inc. recognize and understand that in some circumstances, however unfortunate, it becomes necessary for an owner to surrender their pet to a rescue organization.

We pride ourselves on being the preferred "alternative" to taking a pet to the local shelter where their lives are left up to fate alone ... reality and statistics have many times over proven that most pets relinquished to county shelter facilities, not only in NC but all over the United States NEVER make it out alive.

We believe that all pets deserve a happy and long life, even if it isn't possible for them to spend the entire lifetime with one family. They all deserve love, warm beds, happy homes, regular meals, and clean living conditions.

To that end, Precious Paws Rescue, Inc. makes every effort to "make room" when there is a need for an owner to release their pet into rescue. We make the process as painless and uncomplicated as we possibly can, for the owner's sake and peace of mind as well as the pet's.

We ask that owners provide Precious Paws Rescue, Inc. with current veterinary care records whenever possible, including proof of rabies vaccination and spay/neuter. This saves our vet time and effort and keeps us from duplicating vaccinations when it isn't necessary.

We also make it a practice to accept as many of the pet's "personal belongings" as possible, including crates or bedding, familiar toys, bowls, leash, collar, etc. We feel this helps your pet in making the transition to our foster homes - because even though they are in a different place, there are still familiar items nearby to comfort them. Please take this in consideration when making the decision to give up your pet.

If you need to contact us about possibly surrendering your pet to rescue, please begin by providing us with the information below.  Once you've filled in the form, click on the submit button and your request will be emailed to us!


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Please take care and utmost consideration when making the decision to give up your pet, as it is an irreversible decision. Much like the processes involved in adoption a human child, please be aware that once your pet has been released into the custody of Precious Paws Rescue, Inc. and has been placed in a new home, the Adopter's information is confidential and cannot legally be released by PPR, Inc. to a previous owner. In some cases, new owners will be agreeable to "keeping in touch" with a pet's previous owners, and sometimes lasting friendships result - however, this is solely at the Adopter's discretion. If you would like to keep in touch with your pet in their new home, we can include your contact information when the Adoption Packet is given to the pet's new adoptive family, but PPR, Inc. cannot require that they contact you.