top of page
Doberman SPDR shutterstock_332190803.jpg

How to Rehome Your Dog Through SPDR


When life changes make it impossible to keep a dog, SPDR may be able to assist you in finding the dog a new home. 

Overview of the Process

After a detailed application and review process for your dog to determine that it is adoptable through SPDR (explained in the below steps), we will refer potential adopters directly to you.


You are responsible for screening prospective adopters and handling their home checks.

Image by Eric Ward
german shorthair vert shutterstock_403234948.jpg

Step-by-Step Process

1. Click on our “Breeds” button below to see if SPDR currently has a Rep for your breed. If yes, proceed to Step 2.

2. Read our “Frequently Asked Questions” to find answers to the most common questions about listing a dog for rehoming through SPDR.

3. Fill out our Online Listing Application by clicking the red button below. If you prefer not to use an online form, you can download, print out, complete and mail in a printable Listing Application, or call us at (206) 654-1117 to obtain the printed application.

4. SPDR’s Breed Rep will contact you to request photos and more info about your dog, and may want to meet your dog, in order to determine if your dog is able to be referred through SPDR.

5. If your dog is accepted, and there are prospective homes already waiting, the Breed Rep will refer adopters directly to you. You will need to screen these adopters and handle home checks yourself. We encourage you to be selective about a new owner for your dog.

If no homes are currently available, you may need to keep your dog for a period of time. SPDR has very few foster homes, so the option of removing the dog from your home is not always possible. If we are able to accept your dog into foster care, you will surrender ownership to SPDR.

6. You are under no obligation to accept anyone referred by SPDR. If you decline a prospective adopter, let SPDR’s Breed Rep know, so another adopter may be referred.

7. If you require a more immediate solution, you may need to board your dog or surrender it to a shelter. Owner-surrendered dogs have no guaranteed amount of time in a shelter, and will be subjected to the disorientation that comes with being in a shelter. If you must surrender your dog to a shelter, we recommend either the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, or PAWS in Lynnwood.

bottom of page