What is "Rescue"?
Rescue is very common these days and thanks to the internet it's
made a rescuer's job just a little easier. There is a rescue for
almost every breed of dog, cat and small critters.
Rescues fall under the same animal cruelty laws as the general
public, but there are currently no laws mandating that the dogs must
be altered, vet checked or that an adoption contract has to be
signed. Many people have been duped by what seems to be a great
rescue only to find out the rescue wasn’t honest at all. Anyone can
say they are a rescue; but what makes a rescue reputable? Here are
some things to look for in a good rescue:
1. All rescues should spay or neuter the dog you are adopting prior
to releasing the animal.
2. All rescues should vet check and vaccinate the dog you are
adopting. The rescue should provide you with the proof of
shots as well as a copy of any vet records the dog may have. If the
rescue tells you they lost the paperwork or they cannot find it,
3. A rescue should not charge exorbitant fees for the dog you are
adopting. The goal is to try to cover most expenses, sometimes
rescues put more money into a dog than they recover from the
adoption fee, but other times the adoption fee is more than enough
to cover any expenses the rescue may have incurred.
4. Not all rescues are registered charities, some are small
non-profit, or not for profit. This doesn't make them more or less
credible but do check that they are legitimate, as for references.
5. All rescues should get the dog in the best health possible before
adopting it out. A good rescue will keep the dog in rescue until it
is a good weight and is as healthy as can be. If a rescue adopts
out a dog with health issues they should be honest about the issue.
They should also be honest about the dogs temperament, remember
though dogs go through an adjustment period and can react
differently to a new owner.
6. A good rescue will do a home visit and require that you fill out
an application prior to adopting a dog. Rescues are doing this for
their love of the dogs. Most want to see that the dog is going to a
good home and is going to an environment suitable for that
particular dog as well make sure that you and the dog are a great
7. All rescues will have you sign a contract upon adopting a dog.
They should state that they will always take the dog back, for any
reason at any time. They should also express interest in staying
touch and make follow up phone calls to check on the dogs welfare.
8. You should expect that the location the dog is at should be
fairly clean and that there are no noticeable fleas or ticks. The
dogs nails should be trim and coat should be clean and healthy
looking. A trustworthy rescue will treat the dog for these things
prior to adoption.
9. Good Rescues will provide resources for training and or vet care.
Rescues want to see the new home work out for the dog and will offer
support through suggestions for trainers as well as good vet
10. Rescues should let you come and view their location BUT some
times the location is a private home and not all want to share their
private home with you and may meet you at a park or your home.
Remember these are just guidelines and with many fraudulent
“rescues” that are only trying to make a fast dime. Rescues
generally take on adult dogs and rarely have puppies, they work hard
for the hard luck dogs. It is important
to know what to look for before adding a new rescue dog to your
There are many great rescues out there and it only takes a few
minutes to ask these important things to find out if the rescue you
are considering volunteering with, fostering for or adopting from is
a reputable rescue.
Here's a great place to start!!!