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How to Get Rid of a Dog

| Updated August 11, 2017


  • If your dog has bitten anyone, you need to be honest with your dog's new owner. Let them know if the dog is not good with other animals or children.


  • Most bad behavior can be corrected, so invest time in your dog if the only reason you want to get rid of him is his behavior. If you decide to place your dog at a shelter, be sure it's not a kill shelter. If it is, your dog will be put to sleep if he's not placed.

How to Get Rid of a Dog. Whether you want to get rid of your dog because he has behavior problems or has bitten someone or because you can't give your dog the right care and attention, getting rid of a dog isn't easy. To ease your mind and make sure your dog goes to the best new home, you need to carefully consider your options.

Consider whether you really want to get rid of your dog. If you want to get rid of her because of her behavior, first hire a trainer to give you expert advice. You may be able to correct the behavior. If you don't have time for the dog, hire a dog walker to give her a little attention during the day.

Determine the adoption fee if you decide that you must get rid of your dog. An adoption fee insures the new owner is serious about getting a dog, not just getting a free one.

Speak with your vet to see if she's aware of anyone looking for a new dog. She may have a client who recently lost a dog and would like to adopt another one. You can also ask to post a flyer at the clinic if there's a bulletin board.

Place an ad online or in your local newspaper. Your town website may have a want ad section or you can list your pet on Craigslist. A pet-specific website, such as The Poop, can also help you place your dog.

Decide the next step if you can't find your dog a home. No-kill organizations may be able to take your dog, but usually require a placement fee. You can find a list of no-kill organization at Save Our Strays. If you have a purebred dog, visit the American Kennel Club for a list of breed rescue groups.