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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Ideal Adoptive Home:
"All Min Pin rescue groups look for homes that are best suited to the particular dog. They want people who are understanding, willing to do training if needed and treat the dog as a family member. They also look for homes dedicated to make a lifelong commitment to the dog and not discard it in its golden years. It is so sad to see our senior citizen dogs suddenly have to find new families. There is a special place in heaven for people who take senior dogs into their hearts and homes."

 

Rescue Costs/FundRaising Efforts:
"No actual numbers are available; however, IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Services) uses 100 percent of its money to care for the dogs, whether the funds come from adoption fees or fund raiser. They do a Christmas raffle with some outstanding prizes, and also do a quilt raffle each year. All of the member of IMPS and MPCA rescue are volunteers who give their time and personal fund for our beloved dogs."

What Fanciers Should Know:
"We would like to see breeders be more responsible and only place their pets with spay/neuter contracts to help relieve the overpopulation problem. We'd also like all breeders to insist on taking their dogs back if things don't work out. We'd also like to see that opinion (myth) change that there is something wrong with a dog in rescue, because that is generally not the case. Most show breeders are responsible and belong to a pare nt breed club. I think the offspring of pet store dogs and BYB'ers (backyard breeders) show up most often in rescue, as well as puppies from show people who do not belong to a parent breed club."

Memorable Min Pin Rescue:
" 'Red Penny' had five homes the first two years of her life. She came from a responsible show breeder and, due to unfortunate circumstances, came back to her breeder a couple of times. The last time, at age 8, her aging owner went to a nursing home. Another breeder in New York heard about Red and thought she'd be the perfect dog for a retired lady with a 10-year-old Min Pin. Red came to New York and has made herself right at home with her new family."

 

Scottish Terrier
Reasons for Surrender:
"More males than females come into rescue, average age being 3 to 6 years. Scotties were bred to be tenacious and destroy varmints up to and including badgers. They have tremendous jaw power and an attitude to go with it. Nipping and biting, or assertive behavior toward other animals and strangers, is an issue. The aloofness, protectiveness, territorial behavior, not liking young children, cats or other dogs, makes re-homing Scotties more of a challenge than with other breeds."

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