Parker, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: We adopted a puppy from a local rescue. We need to relinquish puppy but rescue is non-responsive. What are our options?

The contract we signed stated in the event of relinquishment, we are required to return the dog to the rescue. Legally, how long does the rescue have to accept the dog back? It's been 2 months since we contacted them. While they may be overwhelmed, this isn't a good situation all around and we need to get this dog rehomed asap. Does the rescue have an indefinite amount of time to re-home her? They post dozens of dogs for adoption on their site daily. Rehoming ours doesn't seem to be a priority. Just wondering if by law they're bound to a time limit because of course that's not in the contract.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: They are most likely overwhelmed. But that does not excuse them from their contact. Keep trying. In the meantime, if you’re reasons for relinquishment are behavioral, consider hiring a trainer or see if there’s dog has underlying health issues like an undescended testicle or something otherwise invisible. Health ailments can contribute to behavior issues.

Otherwise you might try finding the individual contact info for the board, contacting PACFA, or having an attorney write them a letter.

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