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Pets are an important part of the homestead. Dogs are important for guarding your property, for companionship, hunting, herding, and become members of the family. Here I'll discuss getting a rescue dog.

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.

If you 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.


Rescue Fosters

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 Experience

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.



Beau, our Brittany Spaniel

Beau after his bath.