General Information on Surrendering your Maltese
American Maltese Association (AMA) Rescue is aware that surrendering a beloved Maltese that has been a member of your family is a difficult decision. Our
organization is a breed specific rescue organization for Maltese and obvious appearing Maltese mix dogs. Please be aware that our acceptance of a Maltese, being
relinquished, is based on the availability of a foster care provider in your geographical area. Each dog accepted is placed in a foster home while searching for a
permanent adoptive family.
The first step in the process to surrender your Maltese to our organization is the submission of the Owner Release Questionnaire (below) by the owner. This form
is available below. When your Surrender Questionnaire is received, an AMA Rescue Coordinator will contact you to discuss your dog and the relinquishment process. If
your dog can be accommodated, a time is scheduled to meet you and your dog. When your dog has been accepted as an AMA Rescue, the owner of the dog will be
required to complete and sign a Release of Ownership form. At that time, your dog will become property of the American Maltese Association Rescue, and cannot
Ways to Prepare Your Maltese Prior to Surrendering
These are recommendations to help the rescue and the dog, but are NOT requirements to surrender.
• Please have your dog examined by your veterinarian, obtain dental care if needed, have a microchip inserted if not present, have the dog neutered or spayed, and obtain
veterinary recommended vaccinations. Copies of your dog’s medical records should accompany your dog at the time of surrender.
• Get your Maltese groomed.
• A donation is strongly suggested, and greatly appreciated, to help defray costs involved for the care of your dog while we find the ideal Forever Home for him/her.