Choosing A Rescue
Dog For Your Next Pet
Most rescues specialize in a dog breed that they love. Next time, you
are looking for a pet, please consider a rescue dog. There are many advantages in adopting one. Many of these dogs come from
elderly people who can no longer care for them. Others are saved from situations where the dog is being abused or neglected.
Why Dogs are Taken to Rescues
Many of the dogs are taken to a rescue because the owner could no longer take care of them. Many
elderly people enter nursing homes and can't find a home for their dog. Others can no longer afford to feed them due to the
current economy. The dog, through no fault of their own are then taken to a rescue. Other dogs are abandoned due to irresponsible
owners who should have never gotten a dog in the first place.
are no longer able to take care of your dog due to uncontrollable circumstances, a rescue is a good place to call. Rescue
volunteers also quite often go to dog shelters and save the dogs from being put to sleep.
The volunteers that help these dogs are called fosters. Fosters get help when the dogs have a medical problem
that is costly from donations from members and interested parties. Some of the dogs they get have medical problems due to
the neglect of former owners or the owners get rid of the dogs because they can’t afford the medical care.
Why You Should Get a Foster Dog
There are several advantages for getting a rescue dog. These dogs can be chosen from photos and
descriptions online, if you’d like. You are able to talk to the foster that is caring for the dog. Be sure to ask every
question you can about the dog. They will let you know if they are housebroken, good with children, obedience trained, cart
trained, and any other behavior problem the dog might have. Be sure to ask about medical conditions.
Because fosters usually have several dogs at one time, they will know if the dog gets along with
other dogs. They will also know if the dog shows aggressive tendencies towards other dogs. Sometimes they know if the dog
can tolerate cats or not.
What to Expect When You Get a Rescue Dog
Someone from the rescue in your state may visit your home. The dogs are loved and they
don’t want them in homes where they will be abused or not given proper care. The rescue may even call your vet for a
reference. For a Brittany, they check if the home has a fenced in area for the dog, because they are an active breed.
The dogs will be up-to-date with their shots and if the dog has any medical
problems the foster will let you know. The dog we adopted came with his heart worm medicine and was spayed. Most rescues are
spayed before being offered for adoption. Often when getting a dog from another owner you don’t know any of these things.
Our previous dog was a registered English Springer Spaniel pup. We didn’t know what we were doing when we purchased
her. All dogs have health problems, but poor Abby had every problem that a dog of her breed was known to have. Buying a registered
dog guarantees nothing unless you know the breeder has a good reputation and knows what they are doing.
The next step in the adoption process is either going to see the dog or having them brought
to you. The rescue we dealt with will transport a dog up to 1400 miles. Volunteers that are members of the rescue will do
this for you. We chose to meet our dog first and later picked him up and brought him home with us.
Our present dog Beau was a 3 year old rescue dog. After adopting him, I recommend everyone get
a pet in this way. He’s a happy healthy boy that fits right into the family. All of our questions were answered, and
the dog was well trained.
We used the NBRAN rescue. This rescue specializes in Brittany spaniels, but also take in Springers and other
dogs when necessary. There are rescues across the country for many dog breeds. Just enter the dog breed you are interested
in finding in a search engine with the word rescue and you will find many dogs available.