Surrender Your Dog

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE LOCATED IN LOXAHATCHEE FL. Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a not-for-profit organization that assists displaced dogs in finding new homes. Right now we have transitioned to a new facilty and must drastically lower our intake for the next few months. Filling out our surrender form does not guarantee that we can take your dog. Someone from our team will contact you if we are able to accept your surrendered dog.

We consider educating the public about the dogs, to be just as important. Our goal is to keep as many dogs as we can, out of rescue and shelters and in the loving arms of their families.

Most people who contact us erroneously, think they would be doing their dog a huge favor by finding him a home that “has more time for him" or "can give him the home he deserves.” In actuality, most dogs are better off remaining in the home they know and love, if their owners can provide 15 minutes a day of attention, a safe environment, food and water.  

If you can answer “YES” to any of the questions below, please take the time to explore those options before surrendering your dog.

Did you acquire him as a puppy from a breeder?

  • If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned if you decide to no longer keep him. Please contact your breeder first before contacting Big Dog Ranch Rescue. 

Did you acquire your Dog from a Rescue Organization?

  • If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your dog, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.

New baby in the family?


  • There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept medium and large breeds of dog. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent.  Here is a list of rentals that allow pets:

Think you don’t have enough time for your dog?

  • Experts in the animal field agree that a dog requires a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with his master per day, to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted! That could be simply spent laying in bed at night watching t.v. together, playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog! Surely you can spare 15 minutes per day.  Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life – make the time for you AND your dog.

Are there behavioral issues?

  • Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Send us an email – we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area. If you didn’t socialize your dog as a puppy, it’s never too late to enroll him in obedience school. It’s fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time!

Experiencing financial issues?

Surrender Form

If you haven’t found any solutions after carefully considering the information above, then you are welcome to fill out the form below.  We are always at capacity at the Ranch so we may not be able to take your dog but we review all applications.  We receive many each day and only reply to those we can take, but it may take up to a week to hear from us.

Thank you.  We realize this is a difficult decision and we wish you all the best.


Owner Information

Street Address

Dog Information

The more we know about your Dog, the better job we can do of finding the best possible home for it. PLEASE answer the following questions as completely and honestly as possible.
Sex of Dog
Have you tried to contact the Dog’s breeder? Reputable breeders always take responsibility for the dogs they produce and usually want their dogs back if you cannot keep it, no matter what the age of the dog is now.

Does your Dog like:

Is your Dog:
Does you Dog
Can you leave him/her unattended in the house for long periods of time without him/her damaging anything?
Your Household activity level
Will your Dog jump a:
Can your dog be crated when you are not home?
Do you have a local veterinarian?

Vaccination Dates:

Is the dog currently on Heartworm preventative?

Please upload 2 photos of the Dog. One showing the dog's face and the other showing his/her whole body.

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I am surrendering my Dog to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Inc. and wish Big Dog Ranch Rescue to place my Dog and by my signature certify I am the legal owner of the above Dog and the above information is truthful, correct and complete. I certify I have fully disclosed all information related to the Dog's history and temperament, including aggression and medical concerns, to the best of my knowledge. I understand any attempts to mislead or falsify information will result in my Dog either being denied acceptance into Big Dog Ranch Rescue or being destroyed. Surrender Fee (only if you have not adopted your dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue): $100.00 payable to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. IF you adopted your dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue, then there is no $100 Surrender Fee due. (Typing your name here is acting as your legal signature to this surrender form)
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