Private rescue groups exist to take in, evaluate,
provide vet care, correct behavior problems, humanely euthanize, when
necessary, and find permanent homes for stray, abandoned, neglected, abused,
and surrendered dogs, regardless of age, as space becomes available.
Some groups may be foster home based only and others
may operate out of a permanent facility or both. All are staffed by
volunteers who do not profit personally from rescue activities.
We are all guided by the following guidelines:
Once a dog is accepted into a rescue program the following services
should be provided before placement:
Spayed or neutered before
placement. (including puppies)
Parasite free (internal and
Updated age appropriate
Heartworm tested negative.
Treated if necessary.
Clean, groomed and free of
Microchips are encouraged
for all dogs.
Kept for an appropriate
length of time to complete a temperament evaluation.
Any other medical services,
such as dental cleanings, blood work, treatment for injuries, etc., that
are deemed necessary to insure the health and comfort of the dog in itís
If a dog is ultimately deemed not adoptable to the public for reasons of
extensive health or behavior problems we will insure that a veterinarian
humanely euthanizes the dog if it is not kept in one of our own hospice
We will always keep the best interests of the individual dog in mind
when choosing an appropriate home and serve as the dogís advocate.
An application will be required and reviewed. A vet reference will
be checked along with any personal references. A home visit or drive by is
encouraged. This will be done before placement of any dog.
Copies of all medical records will be given and a contract that
states the dog must be returned to the rescue if, at any time in itís life,
the new family cannot keep or provide adequate care as provided for in the
No registration papers will be given with any purebred dog.
Information will be provided on the AKC ILP/Pal program for people
interested in performance venues. Obedience classes are encouraged for most
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