For Otis Sake is a non-profit organization focused on saving dogs from over-crowded and under-funded rural shelters and animal control facilities. We do not have a physical shelter but instead rely upon foster homes to keep and rehabilitate our rescue dogs until they can be adopted. Our foster homes are reserved for our “death row” dogs. On occasion, we are able to assist with dogs being surrendered by their owner. The goal of our organization is to keep as many dogs as possible out of rescues and shelters and in their owner's homes.
People who contact us often think that they are doing their dog a huge favor by finding him a home that “has more time” or a “home he deserves." The fact of the matter is that most dogs are better off remaining in the home they already know and love.
Take a moment to read the information below and explore the recommended options before completing the Owner Surrender form.
If so, please contact your breeder. If you purchased from a reputable breeder, you would have signed a contract at the time of purchase. This contract will stipulate that the dog should be returned to them directly if you decide to no longer keep him. Please contact your breeder first!
If yes, please contact the rescue or shelter. A reputable organization would have had you sign a contract at the time you adopted our dog stating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide not to keep him.
Spaying or neutering can have a dramatic impact on your dog’s behavior. Please discuss with your veterinarian as this should be considered prior to deciding to surrender.
Dogs are amazing family pets! Contact a professional dog trainer - they are well equipped to handle the transition of a new baby to the family as well as able to provide solid advice and training to fit your situation. If you are local to the Hagerstown, MD area we have several trainers we can refer you to. Please fill out the form on our Contact Us tab and request a trainer recommendation.
There are many ways that you can squeeze in one on one time with your dog. Play ball for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, go for a walk or jog. Practice basic manners training such as sit, lay down, paw, etc during TV commercials. A happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog has spends at least 15 minutes of one on one time per day with their owner. Add in some exercise for you and your pooch and you can reduce your own stress and add years to the life of you and your dogs!
Moving is the number one reason people surrender their dogs to rescues and shelters. Allow yourself enough time to research. There are plenty of rentals available that are dog friendly. The majority of the owner surrender inquiries we receive around moving are in relation to Bully breed dogs. There are many resources available online to assist with finding a home with a Bully breed dog. State Farm Insurance provides both homeowners and renters insurance to Bully breed pet owners.