Surrendering your dog

It’s a hard decision to give up your dog.  We understand that sometimes people have no option but to bring a dog to us.

We are not here to judge you and we will work to give your dog the best outcome we can.


There is no fee to give up your dog, but we welcome a donation if you are able to do so. 

Making an Appointment

If you would like to bring a dog one of our four Homes, please contact us to discuss the surrender first. You can either ring your nearest Dog’s Home or send us a message  using this link.  We ask you to make an appointment so we can make sure we have enough space to take your dog. Sometimes we may need to ask you to wait a day or so, however we will do our best to take your dog as soon as possible.

It is our policy that we will accept any dog in need of our help. However if your dog is suffering from a serious, incurable medical condition or if you know it cannot be safely handled or rehomed due to aggression then it is kinder to your dog for you to take it directly to your own vet for euthanasia. 


Only the legal owner of a dog can surrender a dog to us. 

The legal owner:

  • is the person in whose name the dog is registered; or
  • in the case of an unregistered dog, the person who ordinarily keeps the dog; or
  • in the case of a child’s pet, the child’s parent or guardian.

If you are not the legal owner of a dog you are bringing in, you will need a signed letter from the legal owner authorising you to surrender the dog on their behalf.  The letter will need to include the owner’s contact details.

At your Appointment
On arrival at the Home we will take your dog through to our kennels straight away so they can settle in and you can focus on giving us as much information as you can to help your dog in the future. Please bring your dog’s vaccination cards and medical history. 

The more information you can give us about your dog the more it will help us to match them with a suitable new home.  Please download our surrender form from the link below, fill it out and bring it to your appointment. This form covers your dog’s personality, his or her likes and dislikes, medical history and behaviour – the more information you give us, the easier it will be to find your dog the right new home.

After surrender
You have a 24 hour ‘cooling off period’ after surrendering your dog to the Dogs’ Home. You can come back to get your dog during this period if you change your mind.

After the 24 hour cooling off period, your dog becomes the property of the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania. Please don’t call or message us and ask how your dog is doing. We know this can be hard but it’s best for your dog and for any future owners that contact does not continue.

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