Surrender Procedures

NGPR's owner surrender program helps Pyr owners who must surrender their dogs or those who have found Great Pyrenees or Pyr mix strays.

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If you are having problems with your Great Pyrenees dog, please consult NGPR's list of Great Pyrenees Rescue contacts or email us by contacting Please include your name, your phone number, where you are calling from, the location of the dog and the reason you are contacting us and a photo of the dog if possible. We will try to help you find a knowledgeable volunteer who can help with your situation. NGPR wants to help dogs and their owners overcome their difficulties and live long, happy lives together. Surrender is not the only solution.

If you feel that surrender is your only option, your first point of contact should be the rescue, shelter or breeder you obtained your dog from.  Those who are selling or placing dogs have a responsbility to take their animals back.  Please check your adoption or purchase contract as you may have already agreed to do this when signing the contract. As the owner, YOU are primarily responsible for helping your dog find a new home. This web page gives many ideas on how to go about this process yourself. Please acquaint yourself with the best practices for rehoming your dog as you know your pet best.

If you feel the only solution is surrendering your dog to rescue, give yourself as much time as possible and plan on holding the dog while a new home is located. Please be ready to provide a information on the dog's most current medical records.  Documenting that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm status and spayed or neutered, will expedite the process of your dog being accepted by an adopter or into a rescue program.

If our online surrender information form is completed the form will be reviewed and forwarded to the nearest rescue group or volunteer who can help. This does not guarantee the dog will be accepted into the program;  it is only the starting point for assessing the dog's potential for adoption. If the dog came through NGPR or one of our affiliated rescues, we will discuss with you the options for this particular dog. Any aggression or harm to a human will be a serious consideration.  After completing the surrender form, a digital photograph of the dog should be sent to If we are working with you or have assigned your case to another Pyr rescue, please continue to check in with us on how the rehoming process is going. Lack of contact and interest from the owner is the main reason why rescue cannot help a dog. Rescues incur significant expenses to vet and transport surrendered dogs. A donation of any amount allows us to save more dogs—please consider a donation.

If you have found a stray (or a stray has found you) we recommend the following procedures be followed before completing a surrender information form:

Have the dog scanned at a vet office for microchip. Note that there are two different sets of frequencies.
If tags, call the issuing agency or vet practice for owner contact info.  If owner found, note date contacted and result, e.g. surrender, doesn’t want, etc.
Local newspaper checked  (at least twice for weeklies, two consecutive issues following date dog first lost). For dailies, scan every three-four days for two weeks after date dog was first found.
Do a Craigslist posting, note the date.
Call local animal control to check for reports. List dog on any listings they maintain. Make sure you check to see if city or county and which one.
Find out if there a local written ordinance on how long a stray hold is and what the procedures are.
Post up at least five flyers up in area where is dog is found. Note the dates and location of posters.

Craig's List

Some people list unwanted dogs on their local Craig's List. While we don't advise this, there is not much we can do about it. You could let your closest Pyr rescue on the contacts page know, but it can be hard to get a response from people who have already made the decision to go about rehoming their dog through a public listing.

Shelters holding dogs they believe to be Great Pyrenees should contact their closest Pyr rescue group or  email us. We will work with you to determine whether the dog is a Great Pyrenees, assess temperament and determine which Pyr rescue group is closest.

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