BEFORE filling out this form please read through our other pages under “Surrender A Dog”.

Alternatives to Surrendering

Options for Surrendering

Stray Dogs & Animal Cruelty

Surrender A Dog to BTTR

Please fill out the form below, one of our volunteers will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your request. Please send us some photos of your dog by email within 24 hours (if possible) to or text them to 757-447-7773, be sure to include the dog’s name. See our Photo Guidelines and Suggestions on our Surrender A Dog to BTTR Page. If you have any questions or are unable to send us photos please contact us at or 757-447-7773.

If you have a pregnant dog or a dog with a recent litter please contact us via phone or email ASAP, especially if the dog is a stray, underweight, or injured


BTTR requires a temperament evaluation for all intakes, generally 3-7 day. Because we utilize open boarding, this evaluation is to determine whether the animal can handle being in an open boarding environment with a large number of other dogs. Not all dogs handle this environment well. BTTR is a no-kill facility, average time at the rescue is 3-6 months. We want to make sure your pet will be happy and safe as possible while looking for a new home. We are unable to handle dogs: with separation anxiety, that jump/dig under fences, are dog aggressive, are aggressive with people. We will ask you questions about your dog’s temperament prior to surrender.

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