Surrendering Your Dog Print
So you are looking for a new home for your dog, or you have found a dog that needs a new home?

You have probably realized by now that the animal overpopulation problem in Los Angeles is overwhelming. PCDR and the other 50+ rescue groups in Los Angeles are doing all we can to help as many dogs as possible, but there is a limit to the number of dogs we can take in. 

PCDR is licensed to hold 90 dogs and we are always full. We cannot take in your dog, but we can offer some advice to help you. Remember, the best chance this dog has at survival is you.
What PCDR can do to help:

Our outreach program offers advertisement of your dog on our website as well as several other websites like and This exposure will get your dog seen by many potential new families. 

We can offer advice on low cost boarding, vet care, and training to make the dog as adoptable as possible. We can also offer advice on how to find a great new home for your dog, which will ensure that the dog will be safe forever, and will not need rescuing again. 

For details of our program, please contact us so we can discuss your specific situation.
Are you looking for a new home for your dog?

Before giving up your dog, remember that there are thousands of homeless dogs in Los Angeles looking for new homes. Many people thing there is a “better” situation for a dog than they can provide. Usually, with a little work, you can provide the best situation possible for the dog.
> ARE YOU MOVING? – Would you leave your kids behind if you were moving to a new home? Your dog is part of your family, and wants to go with you! It can be difficult to find a place to live in Los Angeles that will accept dogs. But it can be done. You may have to expand your search a little to include different areas of LA, but there are apartments, guest houses, and homes for rent in Los Angeles that will allow you to have dogs. Try Pets and People Homefinders at or 310-398-6683 or Artiste Apartments at 323-692-9366.

– Have you talked to a trainer? Lots of dogs end up homeless because they bark too much, have separation anxiety, don’t get along with kids or other new family members, go to the bathroom in the house, dig up the back yard, etc. More often than not, these problems can be alleviated with some time and obedience training.

IS THERE A NEW BABY/FAMILY MEMBER? – Again, training can ease new parents’ worries about a dog playing too rough with children, becoming protective of kids, and other challenges with integrating new family members with the family dog.

> IS THERE A NEW PARTNER/SPOUSE? – Lots of dogs end up homeless because a new boyfriend, girlfriend, or other partner is allergic, does not like the dog, or whose arrival causes behavior problems with the dog. Training, again, can ease the transition. Just think, would you give up a child if your new partner did not like him or her?
Remember, when you adopted, purchased or otherwise took in this dog, you made a commitment to the dog, and they now rely on your for their safety, well being and happiness.
Have you found a stray dog, or rescued a dog from a bad situation?

You have done a great thing by rescuing this dog from the street or shelter or other bad situation. Pacific Coast Dog Rescue can help you find a new home for this dog, but we do not have room to take him or her in. We get many requests every day to rescue dogs. Here are some hints to help you successfully re-home this dog you have already helped so much:

o Try to find an owner. Place a free “Found Pet” ad, hang up posters in the area where you found the dog, and post flyers at area shelters.

o Secure a safe place for the dog to stay while you are looking for an owner/new home. Perhaps you could make room in your house or apartment. Many people who rescue animals already have dogs or other pets, and worry about the animals getting along, but there are options. Give the dog a small area of your home or yard - being confined to the back yard or one area of the home for a while is better than being in the shelter! 

o Ask friends to help – maybe a friend has room in his or her home to keep the dog for a while. Maybe they have a friend who is looking to adopt a new dog. 

o Board the dog – there are many vets and boarding facilities in LA who can board a dog while you are looking for a new home. It can be expensive, but again, ask friends and co-workers to pitch in. 

o Advertise! Post flyers and signs all over town, get her picture on the internet (PCDR can help with this) bring him to adoption events. All this will increase the number of people who meet the dog, and will therefore increase his/her chances of a quick adoption. 

o Rehome – Take the time to find a home where the dog will be safe forever. You’ve already rescued the dog once; you don’t want the poor thing to need rescuing again! PCDR can give you lots of help and advice in this area.