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Surrendering Your Dog

The Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CCRT) knows that surrendering your dog is a very, very difficult decision. Perhaps you got your dog a short time ago and realize you don’t have the time to properly care for him. Your dog may have been a part of your life for many years but as your circumstances have changed, you now know that owning a dog isn’t the right thing for you anymore. Surrendering your dog to the CCRT, another rescue group or animal shelter is an incredibly difficult decision but sometimes, it is the only one to make.

Before you consider surrendering your dog, you should ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Do I have the time, energy and resources to provide adequate care to the dog?
  2. Does my schedule permit me to spend quality time with my dog every single day?
  3. Is my dog not behaving well because I don’t have or want to spend time on basic behaviour training?
  4. Do I have young children and don’t have the time or desire to show them proper dog handling techniques?
  5. Has my health taken a drastic turn and because of it, I’m not able to walk and socialize my dog?

These are just some things to consider when making the difficult decision to surrender your dog. If you realize that your dog would be better cared for in a rescue group and eventually, with a new owner, perhaps the time has come to surrender your dog.

If you choose to surrender your dog to the CCRT, or another rescue group, you will be asked to complete a Surrender contract. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the dog to CCRT. This allows CCRT to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the dog to a carefully pre screened ‘forever’ home.

Please review the Surrender contract here to help you make your decision.

The CCRT will take on full legal and ethical ownership and responsibility for your dog. All of our rescue dogs are vetted, microchipped, neutered/spayed, brought up to date on vaccinations (as necessary) and put on heartworm prevention (where necessary) before being placed for adoption.

The surrender donation ($50 for an altered dog or $100 for an unaltered dog) goes towards the veterinary and other costs that CCRT will incur for your dog. Your dog will also appreciate it if you surrender him with all of his belongings, including bed, leash, harness, toys and a supply of food, to make his transition to foster care an easier one. Finally, copies of vet records are always helpful to allow CCRT and the adoptive home make necessary and important decisions regarding the dogs future care.

The CCRT is happy to provide updates on your dog while he remains in foster care. Note, once the dog is adopted, it is the new owner’s decision if they wish to stay in touch with their dog’s former owners.

If you have additional questions about surrendering your dog, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make the best decision for your dog.

If you would like to surrender your dog to the CCRT, please call us at 877-783-7333 or email us at with photos and details of your dog and a Regional Coordinator will contact you soon.


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  1. Hi
    I have 2 chihuahuas we cannot care for anymore and they deserve much better than we can give them
    We live in edmonton alberta, where would we be able to take them?

  2. I want to add also to the above comment of the 2 chihuahuas that they are bot/girl siblings and are inseparable
    Very adorable and good watchdogs

    • Hi there and thanks for your message. We’re sorry to learn you can no longer care for your dogs but are happy you’ve reached out for help. CCRT doesn’t have any foster homes in Alberta, but there are many rescue groups that would most likely be able to help you. Please do a search for ‘dog rescue Edmonton’ and you’ll see dozens of listings for dog rescues and shelters that can assist. We DO NOT recommend you place an ad on Kijiji or other online classifieds and strongly encourage you to reach out to a shelter or rescue group. Good luck and if you have more questions, please email us at

  3. Where are you? Are you in Halifax?

    • CCRT is a national rescue group and we have volunteers across Canada. CCRT does not operate a physical shelter, instead, we have foster homes that look after dogs in our care.

  4. Hi, my father-in-law has just gone into hospital and will not be coming out. Do you know where we might be able to surrender his much loved Chihuahua in the Montreal area. Thanks!

    • We’re so sorry to hear about your father in law. If you are considering surrendering the Chihuahua to the CCRT, please email us at Please include photos of the dog as well as important details – age, health, temperament, etc. A CCRT representative will be in touch.

    • Hi Bonnie, I could take in your chihuahua till a forever home is found. I have two chihuahuas of my own. I live in Montreal.

      • Hi, I so much appreciate your reply. It turns out that a family member has decided to take the dog. Thank you.

  5. Have 2 chis male and female both fixed … new baby in house … dogs not friendly.

    • It sounds as though you could use some training help to assist you in ensuring the dogs and your new baby learn to live together. Please contact us at letting us know where you live, we may be able to suggest some dog trainers for you. Look forward to hearing from you!

  6. I have a 7 month old chihuahua that is gorgeous looking but he snarls and bites my fingers to the point that I can’t take it anymore.

    • Thank you for your message. We’re sorry to hear you’re having problems training your new puppy – it’s not always easy, is it! We suggest you start by speaking to a few dog trainers to explain your situation and find one that you are comfortable with and offers a training plan you can work with. Sometimes all it takes is a few sessions to give both you and your dog the basics and with consistency, patience and love – the foundation of being a pet owner – and you’ll be on your way to cuddles and kisses instead of bites and snarls! You can also chat with other Chihuahua owners on our Facebook group to get ideas, tips and tricks – it’s a great community for new pet owners. Please keep us posted on the progress!

  7. I have a 13 year old male chihuahua mix that we no longer can care for. We had to move which now leaves him spending longer hours at home and we feel helpless. We’ve reached out to family and friends but it’s hard when people prefer puppies over an older dog 🙁

    I live in Shelburne Ontario, where can I surrender my little guy?

    • Hi there – we’re sorry to hear you’re considering surrendering your dog. Please email us at and someone will get back to you.

  8. Hello, my Chihuahua “Holly” is 5 years old. She is in great health and is a wonderful companion when alone with me – but is aggressive/territorial towards my children. I am away 2 weeks per month for my job now, so the time has come after years of hesitation to surrender Holly, as my kids can’t go near hear without being afraid of a snap/growl. We live in Saint-Agathe in Quebec, near Montreal. I am able to transport Holly to a foster carer within reasonable distance. Holly is not fixed. She is fully vaccinated, microchipped, wormed … travels very well and loves the car and leash. She is also used to living with cats. It’s a very difficult decision, but I know Holly will be much happier in a house without young children.

    • Thank you for contacting us. We trust you’ve taken the time to meet with a trainer/behavourist first who can spend time with you and your family working through all issues. Please be patient when working with a trainer, things don’t change overnight – both the family and the dog must learn how to handle each other. It can take a while to see progress, but with patience and persistence, your hard work will pay off. Please contact us again after you’ve exhausted all other options- training, behaviorist, time and patience – and we can provide recommendations for local dog rescues in your area. You can start with Rosie Animal Adoption, they are in the Montreal area. We know that you, your family and Holly are much better off together and are sending you good vibes during this transition period.

  9. Hello, Thank you for your encouragement. We have not had a trainer in the house, we did book one and she never showed up for the session… so the idea went away unfortunately! I will keep you posted in regards to Holly’s progress. Many thanks.

  10. Hello. I have a female chihuahua. She is 1 1/2 years old, a brindle, chipped , spayed and shots up to date. She is absolutely adorable and very playful. Heaven help me if I leave the room though! She has to follow me everywhere and if I leave her for even 15 minutes, she poops on the floor even if she has just been let out for a bathroom break. She was my daughters dog that I nurtured so when she moved out she could take her with her. She since moved into a petless condominium and I am overwhelmed and guilty when I have to go out. I have 2 older dogs 17 and 15 ys old. They get along fine. I hear that all chihuahuas are bad with separation but shouldn’t she be over that by now. What do I do. Would like to keep her for a while longer to see if she gets over the separation anxiety. Any suggestions?

    • I forgot to mention that I have surrendred her to a chi rescue family with other chi’s and at the end of the week she returned her to me because she screamed for me all week and tried to escape

    • Separation anxiety is a problem with all breeds of dogs, not just Chihuahuas. We suggest your join our Facebook Community Group and post your question there. It will be seen many of our almost 1.500 friends and we are confident you’ll get tons of great ideas and options from them. They’re a really smart bunch:-)

  11. Hi there,

    I have rescued a neglected Chihuahua as an emergency because he was left at home 10 to 17 hours a day locked in the kitchen . I am looking to find him a forever home. he is a 10 month white male chihuahua , very active , friendly , needs affection more than anything . Loves other dogs.

    I live in toronto, therefore could I seek any help here?



    • Thank you for your message. Would you please email us at Your message will be directed to a volunteer in the Toronto area and you can discuss this situation with them in greater detail. Thank you for helping out this little pup:-)

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