Rehoming Your Dog

Rehoming Your Dog.

We know that personal circumstances can change and even with the very best intentions pet owners may need to find a new home for their dog.

This is a very stressful time for you and your family and DRN does everything we can to make the surrender process as smooth as possible.

Having said that we receive a high volume of emails and inquiries about surrendering dogs on a daily basis. Dog Rescue Newcastle is a 100% volunteer run group. We have a limited number of foster carers and no kennel facility.

We do take in a number of dogs but we URGE pet owners to exhaust all avenues of rehoming their pet privately, if time allows, before contacting us to surrender their animal.

Below is a list of options you need to explore that can help you and your dog, surrendering your dog should be you absolute LAST option.

Rehoming suggestions


  • Ask your friends, family and work mates if they can help with short term accommodation or interested in adopting your dog.


  • Post on your own social media and share a photo and message about your dog.


  • Try advertising in local businesses, community boards, doggy day care groups, vet clinics and other local bulletin boards.


  • Advertise your dog on Gumtree or The Trading Post (Never give dog away and double check the people adopting them.)



  • It’s not safe to advertise your dog for free. Ask at least $100 to $200 for your dog to discourage people wanting a free dog to abuse. If anyone offers to take your dog check them out very carefully: ask to see photo ID (and take a photo of it). Go to their home to see where you’ll be sending your pet.


  • It’s advisable to have your dog desexed before offering him or her for rehoming because he or she will be less attractive to breeders and dog fighters.


  • It’s a legal requirement that your pet be microchipped before rehoming.

Don’t fret, there may be a way you can keep your pet!

There are many different situations that can lead to pet owners surrendering their loved family pet. Here’s some help, advice and solutions that may help you and your pet stay together.

I need short or long-term crisis care for my pet

If you’re about to go into hospital or a care facility for treatment, or have experienced an unfortunate temporary change in circumstances, there are a few options that will help you and your pet through this difficult time. Find out more about the crisis care options for your pet.

I’m moving house

Don’t take rental property ads literally when they state ‘no pets’, often landlords will consider pets if you approach them directly, or find a real estate agent that will help you.

To give yourself a better chance of securing a rental, prepare a Pet CV, include a record of your pet’s medical history, training certificates and references from neighbours, previous landlords and veterinarians.

Offer to sign an agreement to define appropriate behaviour for your pet on the rental premises. Encourage the owner/landlord to meet your well-behaved, well-groomed flea-free pet – meeting your furry housemate might just clinch the deal.

I don’t have enough time for the dog

Pets require time and effort, but probably not as much as you think. Dogs need exercise, food and, most importantly, time just being near you.

Dog walking services are relatively inexpensive, but getting exercise is good for your health and well-being too. Taking just half an hour to get out and about with your dog before and/or after work will work wonders for both of you.

Cats and dogs can also benefit from environmental enrichment. Setting aside a few minutes each day to make their lives more interesting could make a big difference to their behaviour. Just google ‘pet enrichment ideas’ and you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

I’m having a baby

When introduced correctly, there shouldn’t be any problems with your pet and new baby. Here are some useful resources on bringing a baby into a home with pets.

Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – by Dr Lewis Kirkham

Cats and Bubs – Tips form Dr Katrina Warren

Introducing Your Newborn Babies to Your Fur Babies

We have an allergy problem

There are some wonderful products on the market that will help keep you healthy and allergy free, so surrendering your pet for adoption could be the last option. It certainly shouldn’t be your physician’s first recommendation.

Look for a physician who will be sensitive to your feelings and do everything possible, within reason, to help you keep your pet and stay healthy.

My pet has behaviour problems

If your pet is badly behaved, it’s highly unlikely that anyone else is going to want to take it on.

Most pet behaviour problems are managed or overcome with the right support and approach. Before you re-home your pet, get advice from one of our qualified trainers or speak to your vet or a veterinarian behaviourist.

My dog is aggressive

If your dog displays signs of aggression or behaviours that may lead to aggression, you must understand that you are putting others at risk. No matter how much you love your dog, if he has ever bitten anyone, you need to take him to a professional trainer for assessment and rehabilitation.

If you have exhausted all the above options (we will ask) and have no other options then please fill out the below form and one of our team members will be in touch if we can help. Please allow at least 48 hours before you get a response due to the volume of requests.