Surrender Your Dog

Criteria to surrender your dog to Save-A-Bull Rescue.

We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your dog. In this case, we feel the best solution is for Save-A-Bull Rescue to take the dog and find them a new, loving home.

Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the dogs we take into rescue. Shelter dogs in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. Next are dogs in need of immediate health care that their owners cannot provide. Then, owner surrenders are considered. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and well-being of your dog.

Surrendering your pet to Save-A-Bull Rescue is a permanent decision.

Save-A-Bull Rescue knows that surrendering your dog is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. If you choose to surrender your dog, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the dog to Save-A-Bull Rescue. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the dog to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.

We can’t take every dog.

Please plan ahead if you need to rehome your dog. Last minute, panicked phone calls are common, but  we cannot turn on a dime because we don’t have a shelter. Save-a-Bull can only take a dog into rescue when we have an appropriate vacant foster home for that dog to live.

If you have no other options for your dog, please complete the owner surrender application. After we have received the application, we will call or e-mail you back with options, based on information provided in the application. Please note that all dogs in our care live with families and their kids and pets, so we can not consider a dog that has:

  • Dog-to-dog aggression  
  • Human aggression
  • Any bite history.
  • Been declared Dangerous or Potentially Dangerous

We can only consider applications from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Steps to surrender your dog



Complete the Surrender Form.



Our Team will review your application to determine if we have an open foster available and whether or not your dog is a fit for our rescue.


Our Decision

We will contact you to let know our decision.

Upon review, we will

Make arrangements to get the dog

If it has been determined that your dog is a good fit for our organization, we will contact you to make arrangements to get the dog


Provide you with alternative resources

If your dog is not a good fit or if we do not have room at this time, we will provide you with alternative resources.