Giving up your pet is a difficult decision. We have seen many brokenhearted pet owners who felt they were forced to surrender their animals. There are many options to try before making the decision to surrender your furry family member. Here are suggestions and food for thought as you contemplate making a decision that will change your pet’s life forever. First and foremost, remember that your pet depends entirely on you to do what's best for its future.


Training can help your dog become a well-behaved member of your family. Mostly Mutts is committed to helping pets stay with their family. Our Mostly Mutts YouTube Channel offers many training videos on a variety of topics. Such as preparing for a new baby, leash training, basic obedience and much more… Our low cost training classes address many behavior challenges and also offer the opportunity for a trainer to suggest next steps if needed. If you have already exhausted these self-help options or class cost is a barrier, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to speak with one of our behavior consultants. If your dog is an MM alumni, free behavioral training is available to support your family. Please reference your adoption packet for free training coupon code. If you unable to find the code, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Changes in residence are stressful for both humans and pets. For a comprehensive list of resources including pet owners / tenant’s rights, temporary housing and much more please visit:   PAWS BETWEEN HOMES Website


You may feel guilty that if you work long hours, your pet isn’t getting the companionship it deserves. The truth is that pets usually sleep most of the day while no one is home. So please don’t think that you are depriving your pet of attention. They are still better off being with their family than being rehomed.

Dog-walking services and doggie daycare are great options for busy pet owners who want their pets to have companionship during the day. However, getting exercise is good for your health and decreases stress too. Before rehoming your pet, try spending just 15-30 minutes before or after work playing fetch or taking a stroll together. We bet you'll both be happier!

Can’t afford a dog walker or Doggie Daycare? Advertise on your neighborhood sites or post flyers asking if there are teenagers looking to earn some extra money by walking your dog. Many teenagers are looking for ways to earn extra cash after school. FREE Pet Swap!  Find a friend who works from home and would be willing to let  your dog hang out with them! Maybe you can return the favor on the weekends!


Life happens and events beyond one’s control can force owners to consider surrendering their pets when the expenses of pet ownership become overwhelming.
    • Most food pantries offer free pet food as a way to keep families together. Mostly Mutts can provide free or low-cost food to those in need. For more information on this program email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Our Mostly Mutts Market located at 5505 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, Ga. 30102 is a great place to find inexpensive pet supplies



We understand that people who are forced to surrender their pets do not take this decsion lightly. Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue is committed to educating and assisting local pet owners and we are happy to counsel you and your family through this process if it is unavoidable. Please reach out if you need our help or advice.

For those that have completely run out of options and must rehome their pet, here are some steps to take before surrendering to a county shelter.

  • If your dog or cat was adopted from Mostly Mutts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Visit for a comprehensive list of Georgia rescues.
  • Post your pet at
  • If your dog is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix visit
  • Visit for more information on rehoming options.
  • Note:  It’s strongly recommended that you charge an adoption fee when rehoming your pet. This will help rule out those people who will take your dogs or cat for free, then proceed to sell the pet or offer it as bait for dog fighting rings.  Be wary of listing sites that try to take advantage of pet owners who appear to be desperate.
  • If your dog or cat came from a breeder, reach out to them first. Responsible breeders will either assist you in finding a new home or take the pet back to re-home themselves. Many rescuers also state in their contracts that the pet must be returned to them, no matter how much time has passed. If your dog or cat was adopted from a rescue group, please refer to your adoption contract for details on rehoming policies.
  • Contact breed-specific or local rescue groups to see if they have room to take in your pet.

Surrendering your pet to Mostly Mutts:

Our ability to intake depends on capacity.  If you would like for us to consider your pet for intake, please email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Name of pet
  • Recent photo of the pet
  • Your name and cell phone number
  • Current Veterinary history
  • Breed or breed mix
  • Male or female
  • Pet's Age
  • Weight
  • Any known health issues
  • Any known behavior issues.
  • Reason(s) for needing to re-home

We receive many of these requests each day. Please allow up to a week for a response. All emails will receive a response.

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