How MSIR Can Help Your Shiba Find a New Home

Surrendering your pet can be one of the most difficult decisions to make as a pet owner.

Please consider carefully why you need to surrender.

If you are having trouble training your Shiba, there are many skilled training professionals and training centers in your area that should be able to help you. It is important to catch problems early because the more the animal repeats a negative behavior, the longer it can take to correct it. It is best if you find a training center that is familiar working with primitive breed dogs and uses positive behavior training methods.

Shibas do go through a growth spurt and social changes during the time of adolescence at 8 to 15 months of age, sometimes longer. These mood & behavioral changes can become compounded if you do not spay or neuter your pet. Regrettably many a dog owner has thrown in the towel when their pet needed them the most during the maturing process.

If your pet exhibits serious behavioral problems understand that you are at least partially to blame for not seeking guidance before issues became unmanageable. If inappropriate behavior persists, we recommend that you consult a qualified behaviorist, as most behavioral problems can be rectified. 

Please see a qualified behaviorist first and try to resolve your problems with your pet before asking us to take your Shiba!

The reality is, if you no longer want your pet because of their extreme behavior problems, most likely no one else will either. Ask yourself this question. Would you want to adopt your own dog if you were seeking a family companion? (Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about Shiba behavior, we are here to help - intake@shibarescue.org)

If your pet has aggression toward humans or your pet has bitten a human, you need to know that we can not ask others to take on your liability. Please do not attempt to pass on your severe pet problems to someone else.

With all of this being said, if you must surrender an adoptable Shiba please read our policies and guidelines listed below, we are here to help as best we can.

There are a few important things you should know:

  • MSIR does not buy dogs.

  • There is generally a waiting list for foster homes. Please contact our Intake Coordinator as early as possible about surrendering your Shiba.Fill out the Intake Questionnaire and follow with an email and pictures of the dog to the Intake Coordinator.

  • Since Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit corporation, we ask that you help us in our mission. We appreciate donations of any of your dogs' items: leashes, food bowls, collars, halters, food, toys, beds, crates. If your Shiba is not spayed/neutered and fully updated on vaccinations, we will have it done before placement and we would appreciate a donation to help us with these costs. You can give us your donation (made out to MSIR) and/or the items when your dog goes to its new foster home.

Our foster space is limited, so there is no guarantee that we will be able to take in your dog.  We ask for your patience as often there is a waiting list for dogs to be taken into our rescue.  Once you surrender your dog to us, you will have no further knowledge or control of what happens to the dog.  But, you can rest assured that we will give him or her the best possible care and find the perfect new family to love your dog.