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Frequently Asked Q&A

The information provided refers primarily to New York laws and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice. Do not rely or act upon any information below without seeking the advice of an attorney in your state regarding the facts of your specific situation.

I gave my dog away and changed my mind. Can I get him/her back?

Generally when an individual sells or gives his/her animal away, such individual has no further legal claim to that animal (unless there was an agreement specifying such rights). It is important for people to carefully consider whether they can provide a humane forever home for an animal before adopting or purchasing an animal and it is also important for people to consider whether they want to sell or give away their animal, before, not after, doing so. People should carefully screen potential adopters/purchasers.

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