Minneapolis, MN asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Minnesota

Q: Shelter contract states I must return dog if unable to keep. Tried contacting but no response. What do I do?

I adopted a wonderful puppy from a shelter few months back. Unfortunately, due to a sudden illness and other events I’m no longer fit to provide him the best care and believe rehoming is the best option for him.

The adoption contract I signed states that if I’m no longer able to keep the dog that I must return him back to the shelter and that legal action will be taken if I don’t. I’m trying to do so but the shelter is not responding. I’ve made several attempts.

If they are not responding am I still bound to the contract ? As I attempted to do as stated with no luck?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Robert Kane
Robert Kane
  • Eagan, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Document your attempts (emails & phone records) to contact them. I don't know how much money is at stake, but it seems unlikely they would sue. A letter from an attorney may be an inexpensive choice for your piece of mind. You may want to inform new owners of this fact.

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