How to Surrender

Southern California Bulldog Rescue has the goal to make sure that every Bulldog has a caring home and someone to love them.  We are here to help you, whether that be educating you on Bulldog needs, lending an ear or offering a referral  to a trainer if your Bulldog is having behavioral issues, or surrendering your bulldog to us where we will work to find and place him/her in a new home. All of our contacts are VERY bulldog knowledgeable and compassionate to your situation.

Please keep in mind that we are in desperate need of foster homes and it is likely that your surrendered dog is going to go into a kenneling facility until a foster home opens up or we find a permanent home for your dog.

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 they deserve deserves.” In actuality, many dogs are better off remaining in the home they know and love, even if it means they will get less attention from you.  Of course this only applies to dogs that are being properly cared for and homes where their basic needs are consistently met.

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

Did you acquire your English Bulldog as a puppy from a breeder?

If they are a reputable breeder, you likely signed a contract at the time you purchased the dog that stated you would need to return the dog if you could no longer keep them.  If you do not want to keep your English Bulldog, reach out to the breeder first.

Did you acquire your English Bulldog from a Rescue Organization?
If they are reputable rescue, 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. Please reach out to the rescue organization first before surrendering your dog.

New baby in the family?
You are in luck!  Most English Bulldogs make wonderful family pets.  If you are able to care for a baby, you can definitely care for an English Bulldog!  Here are some resources to assist you in the process:

Introduce New Baby to a Resident Dog
Safety Tips for Kids & Dogs
Wall Street Journal article

There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept English Bulldogs. 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:

People With Pets

Think you don’t have enough time for your dog?
First, please explore options such as a dog-walker or doggie day care in your area.  We suggest you use a review site such as Yelp to look for well-reviewed resources in your area.   Yes, your English Bulldog does require time and attention, but it can be as simple as cuddling in bed while you watch television, playing with a toy while dinner is cooking, or just going for a short walk.  Remember, having a pet reduces personal stress and can add years to your life!  Make the effort to make time for you AND your bulldog.

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. Contact us – we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area or offer you some advice. 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 it’s a great way to spend time with your dog!  If you choose to find a trainer/behaviorist on your own, be sure to do thorough research to make sure they are qualified.

Find a qualified trainer in your area.  When working with a bulldog they must be CPDT certified. Those letters will be listed after their name.

Your dog also may be suffering from an undiagnosed medical condition. If your dog is barking, biting, or suddenly acting abnormal he/she could have something wrong medically and should be checked by a bulldog knowledgeable veterinarian.  Click here for a list of vets that are bulldog-knowledgable.

Are medical costs getting too high for your sick bulldog?
We understand that owning an English Bulldog can be costly, especially when they get sick.  Please reach out to us and we may be able to educate about some more affordable alternatives or have you see a vet that may be able to offer you a better price for treatment/surgery.

Experiencing financial issues?
The following groups exist to assist people who truly want to keep their pets, but are experiencing financial difficulties. They may be able to help you.

Red Rover Relief Grants

Humane Society

For families that are experiencing financial hardship:
American Animal Hospital Association

A credit card company for health care:
Care Credit

For financially strapped families:

Help owners that need  urgent veterinary care, emergency vet visits or expensive surgery:
The Pet Fund

Assistance for caretakers of disabled pets:

Pet Food stamps Aid for Struggling Owners

Still think you need to surrender your English Bulldog to us?  Please read the following information:

What we need from YOU in order to surrender your dog to Southern California Bulldog Rescue:

  • We are an all volunteer group so please give us some time to work with you. After you contact us we usually need a least a few days to prepare for a new addition.  Please provide us with a date that the dog needs to be out of your home and into the rescue program.  Ideally, if you can hold on to your dog in the home while we work to find a new home, that would be the best scenario for your dog.
  • At first contact we will also ask you to provide a current photo of your dog. We only work with purebred English Bulldogs but can try refer you to other organizations if needed.
  • We will also ask for a current history of your dog. Please provide all necessary medical records and your dogs behavioral history. This should include the dogs current veterinarian and contact information, whether the dog has been spayed or neutered, when his/her last vaccines were administered, any surgeries that the dog has had, and all medications that your dog is currently taking.
  • We need to know if the dog has shown any aggression towards adults, children, or animals. Has the dog ever tried to bite or actually bitten anyone.  This is very important for the safety of everyone involved.
    Tell us about your dogs daily routine and personality. What are his likes and dislikes, what is he scared of, what does he enjoy. Tell us about what he eats, how much, and when. What his favorite toys are, where he usually sleeps at night, where he is kept during the day, whether or not he is crate trained, and housebroken.
  • Please tell us why you are surrendering your dog to rescue. PLEASE BE HONEST. It is critical that you tell us everything we could possibly need to know so we can properly care for and place your dog.
  • At the time of surrender, we will provide you with our Surrender Form. We can either e-mail this to you or provide it at the time of surrender. The surrender form must be filled out accurately and completely. After the form is signed by both you and the rescue member the legal ownership and rights of the bulldog are transferred to Southern California Bulldog Rescue.

Click here to complete the Surrender Form.