If you are having problems with your Shiba or Shiba mix and need advice, please fill out our contact form. We will do our best to help you, so you can keep your dog. If you need to find him or her a new home, we will try to help with that as well. To post a courtesy listing on this website, read the tips below and then complete this form.
Tips for Rehoming Your Pet
- If you have a deadline by which you need to rehome your dog, start as soon as possible.
- Be honest about what your dog needs and how he/she lives. You’re more likely to find the right home for your dog if the potential owners know the good, the bad and the quirky.
- If your dog isn’t already up to date on vaccinations and preventative healthcare, take care of that. Potential adopters will feel better knowing your dog has had a recent checkup. Share any details about your dog’s health up front.
- Please don’t list your dog for adoption on sites like Craigslist or Freecycle. People search sites like that for free or cheap dogs to use in labs and as bait for training fighting dogs.
- If you’ve been working with a trainer or behaviorist, let the potential adopter contact them.
- Please do screen potential adopters carefully. Ask for, and check, references. Visit their home if possible. Have your dog meet everyone who lives in the new home (more than once if possible) before you agree to the adoption to be sure they “click.”
- If the adopter has other pets, make sure they meet before the adoption as well. With other dogs, have them meet once on neutral territory before meeting at the new home.
- Have a plan ahead of time for what do if the Shiba does not work out in the new home. Will you be able to take him or her back? If not, make plans for a safe place for short term care such as a boarding kennel until you find a new solution.
- If the new owner hasn’t had a Shiba before, give them contact information for another "Shiba person" in case they have breed questions. If you don’t know anyone, refer them to this site and we will do our best to point them towards resources that can help them.
- Remember… if you have a deadline by which you need to rehome your dog, start as soon as possible. We can’t stress this enough. Besides listing your dog for adoption, contact the nearest Shiba rescue group or all-breed rescue group for help. Most groups have waiting lists for intake, so the earlier you get your dog on the list, the better. Some groups will also attempt to help you find an adopter while your dog is still in your care.
- If you contact a rescue group, stay in touch with them throughout the process and keep them updated. If they make room for your dog and then can’t reach you, they’ll give that spot to the next dog on their waiting list.
- Lastly, please do not rely on being able to surrender your dog to a rescue group; foster homes are not always available. Finding a new home for your dog yourself is best.
Please Be Careful – Screen Adopters Well
Sometimes people THINK they want a dog, but once they get it home, they realize they aren’t ready for the responsibility. If someone like this adopts your dog, will they call you and return him/her or will they simply dump your former family member in the nearest shelter or by the side of the road? Please get to know the person adopting your dog and make sure they will let you know first if it isn’t working out.
There are people out there who “adopt” dogs (especially when they are “free to good home”) and then (1) sell them to labs, (2) sell them to be bait dogs for training illegal fighting dogs, or (3) if they’re intact, sell them to puppy mills to be used for breeders. Be careful who you trust with the life of your pet.
Don’t let someone walk away with your dog, simply because they want him or her. Ask them for their personal information, visit their home if feasible, at the very least talk to people who know them! If you want to gather more info, NYC Shiba Rescue has provided a generic adoption application that anyone can download and use (use as is or modify it to your liking) to help screen potential adopters.
Ask For Help
If you have your dog courtesy listed on our website and you’re not sure about choosing an adopter, ask us for help. We can review the potential adopter’s information with you and let you know if we see any “red flags.”