| Return Policy
Reputable shelters and rescues will take a dog back for any reason at any time, and this should be stated in their adoption contract. Watch out for organizations that won't take a dog back after a certain period of time or under certain conditions or have "first refusal". "First refusal" means you are obligated to tell them if you are giving up the pet but they are not obligated to take it back! Some shelters insist you pay very high return fees.