Surrendering your Shiba


Thank you for seeking to place your Shiba with our rescue. Unfortunately, Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (COSIR) has placed a temporary hold on the intake of owner surrendered dogs. Please fill out the Surrender Profile Form, and we will place your Shiba on our waitlist. We will resume intakes of owner surrenders as soon as possible, and a rescue volunteer will contact you at that time.

In the meantime, we can make the following recommendations to other potential resources:

  • Contact your breeder –  A reputable AKC breeder will always take a dog back, regardless of age or health.  If your breeder is listed here, they should be able to help.  If you got your Shiba from a pet store, it was bred in a puppy mill and they will not help you.

If you would like to try to re-home your Shiba yourself, we recommend the following:

  • Use a pet re-homing website:  You are more likely to find an appropriate/quality home for your Shiba through one of these sites.  Posting to Craigslist is NOT recommended.
  • Join and post about your dog in one of the private Shiba enthusiast groups on Facebook:  You will find people who understand and appreciate the breed in these groups, which is critical to success.  Be sure to read the rules in each group to ensure posting about your dog is allowed before doing so.  The group names are:
    • Shiba Inu Meetup Colorado
    • Shiba Inu Crazy People of Colorado
    • Shibaholics
    • I own/love a Shiba Inu!
  • Ask for, and collect an adoption fee:  Even if it’s a minimal amount to “weed out” unwanted adopters or breeders looking for “free” dogs.
  • Protect your dog from breeders: If your dog is not spayed/neutered, do so before rehoming them.  There are puppy mill breeders out there looking for intact dogs that they can use for breeding. If cost is an issue, look for low-cost spay/neuter clinics at your local shelter or humane society. 
  • Only consider adopters who meet requirements and do a home-visit: You are ideally looking for someone with Shiba experience, especially if your Shiba is immature (under 2 yrs).  Be clear about what you dog requires (I.e. a 6ft fence, no small kids, no other dogs, etc.), and only consider homes that meet those requirements.  Do a home visit with your dog so you can can confirm that it is an environment that meets you dog’s requirements and they feel comfortable in.

**If contacted by potential adopters who do not have Shiba experience, we recommend you ask them to read our Shiba 101 page first, to ensure they understand the challenges of the breed, and decide if the breed is right for them.

If your situation is urgent, we can recommend the following shelters in which to surrender your Shiba Inu.  Keep in mind that Shiba Inus typically do not do well in the shelter environment. They are often deemed unadoptable and subject to being put down, so this should only be a last resort.