Things to Consider
It's no secret that animal shelters are often overflowing with dogs and cats and that shelters and animal control agencies euthanize animals that no one wants. Although the number of dogs and cats dying for lack of a new home has decreased dramatically in most areas of the country, there are still far too many dogs and cats entering shelters and pounds and not coming out alive.
Find a training club or school, read a training book, change your expectations, and try to build a bond with the animal that will keep it in your home.
Many breeders will take back a dog they produced or will have a list of people looking for an adult dog from their breeding program.
With careful consideration, time, and work, you may be able to find a great home for your pet. Put posters at the veterinarian's office and the pet supply store; ask the groomer and boarding kennel staffs to keep their ears open for a potential new home; and advertise in the newspaper. Call the shelter and ask if they have a referral list for potential adopters who are looking for particular pets.
Please surrender your pet as a last resort.