Surrendering Your Leonberger

Sometimes circumstances, such as a death in the family, illness or financial hardship, dictate that you must make the painful decision to surrender your dog.  Although this is often very difficult and heartbreaking, making this decision because it serves the best interests of your dog is a compassionate and loving thing to do.

Please rest assured that we at Leo Rescue Canada will do our very best to make sure that the new home we find for your dog is a very loving, deserving one. To help us in that endeavour we ask that everyone surrendering a dog to Leo Rescue Canada complete a detailed Surrender Form It is designed not to be intrusive, but rather to enable us to have as much information as possible so that we can make the new owners aware of the dog's needs and history. In addition to this form, please feel free to provide us with as much detailed information on your dog as you wish. What are his likes and dislikes? Habits? Favourite toys? And any earlier photos that you would be willing to share so that his new family can be reassured he came from a loving home would be greatly appreciated.

Please take a moment to read through the Owner Surrender Release Form If you feel this is a decision you are willing to make on your dog's behalf, please fill it out and return it to us by email, fax or mail or contact us at

Upon receipt, one of our Rescue Coordinators will contact you to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure the surrender goes as smoothly as possible for all concerned.

Please note:  Leo Rescue Canada will not accept or place dogs with a known bite history.

What if I change my mind after surrendering my Leo?

Once you have made the decision to surrender your dog to Leo Rescue Canada, if the dog has not already been re-homed, your Leo may be returned to you provided you compensate Leo Rescue Canada for all the costs incurred while the dog was in our care. The decision whether to return the dog to you will, of course, be at the full discretion of Leo Rescue Canada.  For this reason, we strongly urge you make every effort possible to keep your dog in the first place, in the event you think there is a chance you may want him/her back.

Owner Surrender Release Form

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You will find instructions on the form for your return options of email, fax or mail.
If you have any problems with the forms above, or prefer to have a copy mailed or faxed to you, please email us at