Rescuing and Adopting Purebred Dogs
Breed rescue affects purebred dogs well beyond the show ring.
Karen Steinrock |
Posted: Thu Mar 24 00:00:00 PST 2005
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Ideal Adoptive Home:
"Previous Scottie owners are always welcome because they better understand the unique personality of the breed. We ask for and check personal and veterinary references and, in almost all instances, do a home visit before placing a rescue Scottie in its new home. Many Scotties need to be the only pet, while some do well with other animals. We don't give Scotties in our care a time limit, as it often takes time to find the perfect home for that dog.
Rescue Costs/FundRaising Efforts:
"From our 2003 survey results, veterinary expenses seemed to average $200 to $250 per dog. This is a major expense and varies considerably in different parts of the country and whether the individual rescue has a veterinarian willing to work with their group. We are in the process of obtaining 501 (C) 3 non-profit status and developing a program that will assist with long-term medical care for Scotties with special needs.
"We require a donation/fee from adopting families. While that fee may cover out-of-pocket expenses for a specific Scottie, we find more frequently that expenses far exceed the fee. For fund-raising, one rescue group holds Fala Days; another has a Black and White Tea; several have picnics to honor rescue dogs and their families, with games, auctions and other fund raisers. Rescue parades are becoming more common, particularly at regional and national specialties."
What Fanciers Should Know:
"We see things in rescue most breed people will never encounter with their well maintained dogs Scotties with untreated injuries, broken bones, parasites, skin and ear conditions things that make us scream, rant and cry."
"Since President and Mrs. Bush welcomed Miss Beasley, their new Scottie puppy, we have seen a significant increase in inquiries for rescue Scotties a trend also seen by our breeders. Please be a responsible breeder, willing to take a dog that you have bred back, including such a statement in your contract. If you need help placing a dog, be prepared to help rescue with the cost involved to prepare that dog for placement. Let local shelters know there is a responsible breed rescue program. Many shelters still euthanize owner-relinquished pets immediately without ever offering that pet for adoption. We need to let shelters know we can and will help!
"Scottie rescue can use your support in any way providing transport for a dog recently vetted, doing a home visit, donating unwanted or unneeded crates, blankets, food bowls, and grooming equipment, fostering if you can, or offering to groom or help evaluate or socialize a dog in your area for Scottie rescue. All of these little things help."
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