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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Rescues

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

There are thousands of animal rescue groups in the US. Every type of animal is represented, from ferrets to donkeys. It is fortunate that there are so many caring groups concerned with providing homes for abandoned or unwanted animals!

Nice of me. You may wonder why it is so expensive to adopt a dog, and why the rescues seem to want you to “jump through hoops” before bringing your new best buddy home. There are quite a few breed-specific rescues out there, but some simply go by size. Here are the steps involved in bringing a dog into rescue:

  1. 1. The rescue hears from a shelter or an individual that a dog is “available” (an owner no longer wants the dog, or a specific breed or type has been brought to the shelter).
  2.  2. The rescue, which is made up of volunteers, usually natiowide, chooses a volunteer that can drive to the dog and take it home.
  3. Through emails, members of the rescue group form a convoy of drivers willing to cover a certain amount of miles in order to secure the dog. For example, if the dog is in Maryland, a volunteer that lives close to Maryland will pick up the dog. Volunteer #1 meets Volunteer #2 at a designated pick-up spot. V#2 transports the dog to Delaware, where V#3 will take the dog home as a foster.
  4. The foster family will take the dog to the veterinarian for an exam, shots, and neutering or spaying. The dog will be assessed and if medication is needed, it will be suppled. The rescue group pays for all of the vet bills through adoption fees.
  5. The dog’s biographical information is put onto the Internet. The dog will be adopted only after spending time in the foster home to assess his personality. The rescue wants to be sure he is safe for all ages (or if he has limits), is housebroken (or working on it), likes other dogs, etc.
  6. When an individual applies for the dog the rescue has them fill out many forms to see if this particular dog is right for the home.
  7. A volunteer goes to the prospective adopter’s home to be sure it is dog-safe, has a fenced-in yard, and that someone will be home to care for the dog most of the day.
  8. If approved, the potential adopter pays a fee ranging from $100-$350. This fee covers the vet care and spay/neuter. The volunteers are never paid for their time, their travel expenses, or for providing a temporary home.
  9. If the adopter is approved a search of volunteers that can travel to the adopter’s area is begun and the convoy is arranged.

If you are interested in a hairless or small dog, I encourage you to contact the rescue of which I am a member: Bald is Beautiful Hairless and Small Dog Rescue.

Whatever breed or mix appeals to you please consider adopting from a shelter or a rescue. There are many great, adoptable dogs out there that just want to go home!

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC