Additional Resources

At times, there is a waitlist for owner surrenders. We prioritize the intake of these dogs based on the urgency of their situation. Please complete the Surrender Profile so that we can add your dog to our waitlist. Depending on the urgency of your situation, you may want to explore these additional resources while you wait.


  • Contact your breeder or rescue
    • 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 adopted your dog from a rescue organization, contact them first, even if it was in another state. Any reputable rescue will want to take the dog back into rescue to rehome them properly. If the rescue is out of state, they may be able to arrange transport of your dog, if you are unable to drive the dog to them.

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

  • Use a pet rehoming website:  You are more likely to find an appropriate/quality home for your Shiba through one of these sites. DO NOT post on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for sale or for free!
  • 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 eliminate 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 talking to potential adopters who do not have Shiba experience, we recommend you share this link to our website with them., to ensure they understand the challenges of the breed, and increase their chances of success.

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.