Rescuing and Adopting Purebred Dogs

Breed rescue affects purebred dogs well beyond the show ring.

By | Posted: Thu Mar 24 00:00:00 PST 2005

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Rescue costs/FundRaising Efforts:
"It's difficult to come up with an exact number, but what is involved is the veterinarians' costs for spay/neuter, vaccinations and other health issues, depending on what problems the dog has when he is rescued. Feeding costs are constant, of course. When a kennel or puppy mill is closed and the dogs confiscated, the influx of multiple dogs is a big drain on our resources. Thousands of dollars per year are spent by each rescue, much of which is not reimbursed to the groups or individuals. The SHCA rescue fund has a program and an emergency fund for extraordinary expenses with multi-dog rescue situations.

"Everything from donations, dog walks, maybe fun match shows to the 'Tricky Tray' silent auction at the national specialty are part of our fund raising. The 'Tricky Tray' items are donated by the membership or others, mostly new items, such as grooming tables, stuffies, jewelry, tapestries, and many unique wolf and/or Siberian-themed items. It's an impressive array of items and a very successful fund raiser."

What Sibe Fanciers Should Know:
"Commercial breeders are the biggest offenders, producing Sibes in large numbers, having no knowledge of the characteristics of the breed. While the public bears some responsibility to educate themselves, the seller, too, should be accountable. I am confident that most top ethical breeders sell their pet puppies on restricted registration with spay/neuter agreements. Not so with commercial breeders."

Memorable Sibe Rescue:
"Frankly, there are so many memorable rescue dog stories it is difficult to address just one. All I can say is that when you find a new home for a dog that has been treated badly or discarded by owners, it makes it all worthwhile. The Siberian Husky is a free-spirited, happy-go-lucky dog who, when owned by the proper persons will give years of happiness to their family."

Miniature Pinscher
Reasons for Surrender:

"A Min Pin is not a typical little lap dog  instead, they are full of energy and most times smarter than we'd like them to be. The breed has a tendency to stray/get lost when distracted and is difficult to housebreak. In most cases the novelty wears off, and the owner is not prepared for the time it takes to potty train this breed, nor ready for a dog that behaves like a human 2-year-old for its life span of roughly 14 to 16 years. This breed does not do well in a shelter situation, sometimes becoming aggressive when scared. Fear biting is their only means of self-protection at times. Min Pins are the 'King of Toys,' but definitely not for everyone."

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