If You Need to Surrender Your Dog

Dogma Pet Rescue does not have its own facility or shelter; rather, all of Dogma’s rescue dogs are fostered in volunteers’ homes.  For this reason, Dogma is not able to accept a dog with any aggression issues towards humans or dogs.  Additionally, Dogma is not able to accept medically needy dogs or dogs that require long-term care.  At this time, Dogma is not accepting adult pit bulls.

Typically, Dogma is only able to accept dogs which are 35 lbs and under, 5-6 years old and under, and the dog must be reasonably healthy.  If this describes your dog, please send a picture and a description of your dog to Info@DogmaRescue.org and a determination will be made by Dogma’s Co-Directors who will contact you as promptly as possible.

If you are able to foster your dog indefinitely, then Dogma could possibly help you. You would have to agree to commit to keeping the dog until a permanent home was found by Dogma’s Co-Directors. You must be able to keep the dog for as long as necessary until an approved home is found, and you must agree to attend at least two adoption events per month.

If you are interested in this option, please go to the Volunteer section of the website and fill out a Foster Application and email it to Info@DogmaRescue.org and we will send you a contract which outlines what Dogma will do to assist you (such as pay for certain veterinary bills, food, monthly heartworm and flea prevention, etc.) and Dogma’s expectations of you. Before Dogma will agree to accept the dog into our foster program, Dogma’s Co-Directors must meet you and your dog at an adoption event. At no time will another volunteer be able to house your foster dog and we are not able to predict how long you may have your foster dog before an approved home is found.


If you are surrendering your dog for behavior issues, we suggest you seek a dog behaviorist such as: The Canine Company

Dogma receives dozens of requests to take in dogs every week and 22,000 animals annually are turned into Hillsborough County Animal Services.  There are not nearly enough homes for all of them.

Rescues which have their own shelter/facility might be more likely to help and we suggest you contact one of those organizations and include a good picture of your dog.  If your dog is a pure breed, contact breed-specific rescues, even state and regional rescues might have local contacts who could possibly help.