Why Can’t You Take My Dog?

PAWS for Irving Animals is a 501c3 non-profit organization that assists displaced dogs from the Irving Animal Shelter in finding new homes. Our mission is to rescue, foster and rehome dogs with excellent temperaments from the shelter regardless of age or breed, as these animals often have no other options and very little time left without our help.

PAWS considers educating the public about the dogs to be just as important. We aspire to keep as many dogs as possible out of rescue and shelters, and in the loving arms of their families. We provide resources for trainers, veterinary care and even pet-friendly housing on a regular basis.

We do not, however, we accept owner surrendered dogs if the dog was not adopted from our organization. As a non-profit, we have no paid staff, and no physical facility. The dogs in our program live with volunteers, 100% of whom have other pets, jobs, and families just like you. Many of these foster homes have not just one foster dog, but multiple foster dogs at a time and will continue to foster over and over again. Since our start in 2014, we have rescued over 1,750 dogs from the city shelter. We use those volunteer foster homes to fulfill the primary part of our mission – to rescue, foster and rehome dogs with from the shelter, as these animals often have no other options and very little time left without our help.

Most people who contact us mistakenly 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, even if it means they will get less attention from you. Of course this applies to dogs that are being properly cared for and whose basic needs are consistently met.

Options to consider before surrendering your pet

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. If you do not want to keep your dog, contact your breeder first.

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, and it may stipulate that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.

Does your dog need spaying/neutering?

Oftentimes spaying/neutering your dog can make a significant positive impact on their behavior, from marking and escaping to energy level overall. There are a number of excellent organizations throughout north Texas who provide cost-effective spay/neuter and basic vaccination services. Both of the below organizations have multiple locations and do pick ups throughout north Texas.

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

Spay-Neuter Network

New baby in the family?
How lucky for you that most dogs are fantastic family pets! If you can take care of your new little human baby, you can take care of a dog. Some of our educational materials are listed below to help you ease the transition:

Introduce New Baby to a Resident Dog

Preparing your Pet for Baby’s Arrival

Safety Tips for Kids & Dogs

The Humane Society lists moving as the number one reason people surrender their pets to shelters. There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept medium and large dogs. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent. Please check with your real estate agent, or company relocation services when possible. The important part is to ask questions before you sign a lease. By spending an extra hour online researching your future home, you can likely find an excellent new place that allows your furry family member to stay a part of your family.

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 human 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 to PAWSforIrvingAnimalsLLC@Gmail.com – 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?
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.

Humane Society List of Resources

Pet Food Banks
Don’t Forget to Feed Me – https://www.dontforgettofeedme.org/
Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry – http://support.operationkindness.org/site/PageNavigator/OperationKindnessPetFoodPantry.html

A credit card company for health care: Care Credit

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

Assistance for caretakers of disabled pets: HandicappedPets.com