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The Heartbreaking Reality of Surrendered Dogs: Breeder's Perspective

art of a German Shepherd Head
good things in life is what they are wanting from you

Breeding dogs for over four decades has given me a unique insight into the joys and challenges of dog ownership. While many people envision a lifelong companionship with their furry friends, life's circumstances sometimes force them to make difficult decisions.

For the last couple of months we have received hundreds of calls from Dog owners who have purchased dogs all over the US and their breeders won't take them back and they come to Southernwind to ask if they can surrounded their dogs because either their lifestyle has changed, they are moving, they are not well health wise, they cannot support economically anymore the dog, Vet Bills are too high, I mean the list is incredible and endless, My heart breaks every time I get one of these calls, for definitely I would love to be able to open my arms to all and bring them into my Home, but that is Impossible !!

As a breeder, it is heart-wrenching to witness the sadness, hurt, and sense of abandonment experienced by dogs who are surrendered due to various life changes. This article aims to shed light on the emotional toll that surrendering dogs can have on both the animals and their breeders.

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dogs give all without waiting nothing in return!

Lets start with A Lifelong Commitment:

When someone decides to bring a dog into their life, it should be a lifelong commitment—a promise to love, care, and provide for their furry companion until the end. Dogs are sentient beings capable of forming deep emotional bonds with their owners. They rely on us for everything, from food and shelter to love and companionship. Unfortunately, life is unpredictable, and circumstances can change, leading some owners to surrender their beloved pets.

The Pain of Surrender:

For a dog who has spent years living in a loving home, being surrendered can be a traumatic experience. Dogs have an incredible ability to sense the emotions and intentions of their human counterparts. When they find themselves surrounded by unfamiliar faces and unfamiliar surroundings, it can be incredibly distressing for them. The pain and sense of abandonment they feel are palpable, leaving them confused, scared, and yearning for the comfort and security they once had.

sitting German Shepherd with owner
dog love owners unconditionally, love them they same way and look for resources to be able not to sorrounder them!

The Breeder's Perspective:

As breeders, we have a responsibility to ensure that our dogs find forever homes. We invest our time, resources, and love into breeding and raising healthy, well-socialized puppies. Each dog that comes from our breeding program holds a special place in our hearts, and it is always our hope that they will experience a lifetime of happiness with their new families. However, when circumstances change, our sale contract often stipulates that the dog must be returned to us.

The Emotional Toll:

Receiving surrendered dogs back into our care is a bittersweet moment. On one hand, we are relieved that the dogs are safe and back in familiar territory. But on the other hand, it is heart-wrenching to witness their emotional suffering. We see the sadness, confusion, and loneliness in their eyes, and it breaks our hearts. We understand their pain and empathize with their sense of loss. It can be incredibly challenging for us as breeders to witness the emotional toll that surrender takes on these beautiful animals.

German Shepherd lying down
dogs love to live with their families and never expect to be abandoned.

Finding Forever Homes:

Our responsibility as breeders does not end with the return of surrendered dogs. We strive to find them new forever homes, where they can experience love, care, and stability once again. This process involves carefully screening potential adopters, conducting home visits, and ensuring that the dogs will be well-cared for in their new environment. It is a meticulous process, but one that is necessary to ensure the dogs' future well-being and prevent further heartache.

German Shepherd under a tree sitting
Dogs do suffer great emotional turmoil's


Breeding dogs for over 40 years has taught me that dogs are not disposable commodities. They are living beings with feelings, capable of experiencing pain and loneliness when their lives are uprooted. Witnessing the emotional toll that surrender takes on these animals is heart-wrenching for both the dogs and their breeders. It is my hope that this article raises awareness about the profound impact of surrendering dogs and encourages people to consider the long-term commitment before bringing a dog into their lives.


Nov 29, 2023

I recently received a surrendered GSD from Southernwind. He is a beautiful 3yr old male who was with a family since he was a puppy. Cecilia made it so easy to adopt him. He has a wonderful temperament and like all of Southernwind’s dogs he is a family dog first. He absolutely loves my grandchildren! He has been with us for a month and has fit right into our family. We were so lucky to have found Southernwind. It is clear to me how much pride and work Cecelia puts into breeding. Thank you Cecelia for bringing this beautiful guy into our lives.

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What a heartwarming story! It's truly gratifying to hear about your positive experience with adopting a German Shepherd from US, Southernwind. The journey of welcoming a new furry member into your family is always special, and it sounds like your new companion has found the perfect forever home with you.

The seamless adoption process facilitated by Southernwind- Cecilia is a testament to the dedication and care Southernwind invests in each of their dogs. Thanks for bringing up the evidence of our commitment to breeding German Shepherds with exceptional temperaments and a strong family focus has resulted in a wonderful addition to your household.

The fact that he has quickly become fond of your grandchildren and integrated so well into your…


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Almar Lurie
Almar Lurie
Jul 27, 2023

Heartbreaking 💔. I wish there was something to solve this tragic nationwide crisis. My heart is with you.



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