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5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups


Over the past decade, breed rescue groups have become a major force in dog adoptions. These rescue groups limit their effort to a particular breed of dog including purebreds. This is a help to people who want a certain breed of dog but can't or won't use breeders.

To make the best use of a rescue group, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch out for scams.

Some wholesale breeders and brokers who can't meet federal and state laws advertise themselves as "rescue" organizations. Crooks have even collected money for non-existent rescue groups.

Unlike animal shelters and local humane societies, rescue groups usually do not have storefronts. They are a collection of breeders and breed fanciers who perform their services from their homes.

Ask any rescue group if they are incorporated or registered as a nonprofit group in your state.

The best way to find a rescue group is to go to the American Kennel Club's (AKC) website at www.akc.org and search under the breed you're interested in getting. If no rescue group is listed, contact the national breed club and ask for references.

2. Don't trust everything a shelter tells you.

In some areas, the county or charitable animal shelter feels they're in competition with rescue groups and take pains to color these groups as irresponsible.

Some people who volunteer at shelters are animal rights extremists who despise anyone who breeds dogs to serve as pets. This is a source of tension as many rescue group members are hobby or professional breeders.

Some rescue groups have made this worse by advertising how they "rescue" dogs from the shelter implying they are the guys in the white hats.

A further issue of contention between the groups is the fee charged to obtain a dog. Some rescue groups deliberately undercut the fees the shelter's charge.

Shelters may be limited by law or organization rules to charging a certain amount and can't compete on price with rescue groups.

3. Ask about foster care for the dog you're considering.

Responsible rescue groups place dogs in foster homes to assess the dogs and determine what behavior problems, if any, exist with the dog.

This information is crucial to determining what type of permanent home would be best for the dog. For instance, one without children or one without other pets.

Be leery of a rescue group that is trying to place a dog that it has just obtained without having an interim placement.

4. Expect to be interviewed.

Responsible rescue groups do attempt to match a dog and his personality with an appropriate owner. They can only do this by asking questions including what your experience is with dogs, what you know about the breed and what type of lifestyle you have.

Please do not be offended. I would never accept a dog from a rescue society that did nothing more than ascertain if I could pay the fee they want.

5. Be prepared for anything.

There are no overarching laws, regulations or oversight of rescue groups. Some are run very professionally and some are basket cases. Unlike shelters, they are rarely subject to any state or local inspections.

You may call a rescue group and never get a response. Part of the problem is the rapid turnover of volunteers involved in rescue groups. Realize that you may need to be very, very patient when dealing with a rescue group.

Always ask how the dog came into rescue. Some well-meaning group members "rescue" any dog, especially a neglected looking dog, they find outside without an owner.

The dog may or may not be abandoned but few rescue groups, in my experience, make much of an effort to try to find owners especially if in their opinion the dog does not appear to be well treated.

Find out if they check for microchips or tattoos and if you do get a rescue dog, have your vet check them right away for this as well as diseases.

You may expose yourself to emotional trauma and even liability issues if you wind up with a lost dog whose owner tracks him back to you.

As a final caution, it pays to make two or three visits with the dog you're considering adopting before making the final decision.

Louise Louis is a long-time dog person and operates the ToyBreeds.com website.


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How to get more pets to the vet  dvm360

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New Book Exposes Pet Food Secrets That Are Damaging Our Pets And Planet  PRNewswire

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Man says puppy saved his life but she, 2 other pets lost in house fire  WJXT News4JAX

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Bringing your pet to Lee County airport terminals could land you up to 60 days in jail under new pet rules  News-Press

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Alabama’s Motel for Pets kept dogs and cats in luxury for 28 years  AL.com

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Florida jail's animal farm hosts 150 'pets'  Miami Herald

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Americans are spending almost half a billion dollars on Halloween costumes for their pets  MarketWatch

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Why some homeless people refuse shelter: Pets, possessions and partners  KVUE.com

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Local shelter using facial recognition technology to reunite lost pets  WGME

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Helping the Homeless and Their Pets  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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The anti-vaccine movement has spread, and now pets are the ones going unprotected  WXYZ

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“Cat Daddy” Shares Insight Into Cats As Pets To Help You Have A More Purr-fect Pet Cat Experience  WEMU

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Collier County DAS cancels low-cost program to vaccinate, microchip pets  Wink News

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of the Week: Oct. 23, 2019 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

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Anti-vaccine movement has spread, and now pets are the ones going unprotected  News 5 Cleveland

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Pet Improvement: Disasters and pet preparedness  Newport News Times

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'Pet Tunes Holiday' for anxious pets this holiday season  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Mountain View PetSmart To Host Halloween Party For Pets  Mountain View, CA Patch

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Pets of the week, Oct. 23  Hickory Daily Record

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Countdown to the winner of Cobb Life Magazine's pets issue cover contest: Meet Cocoa!  MDJOnline.com

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Pets of the Week for Oct. 23, 2019  WKRN News 2

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PetSmart doubles funding for classroom pets - Bizwomen  The Business Journals

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Marion County Pets: Jo, Missy and Scrappy Doo  WCJB

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Innovative NYC Program PALS Helps Victims of Domestic Violence With Pets Escape  NBC New York

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Nail trimming for pets: pro and DIY options  NOLA.com

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Spay and neuter your pets -- and then bank their stem cells  Engadget

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PHOTOS: Pets of the Week  Statesville Record & Landmark

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Number of lost, stray pets continues to rise at KC shelter  northeastnews.net

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Local News Analysts predict CBD for pets sales to reach $125 million Olivia Levada 5:43  KXXV News Channel 25

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Maine shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home  WGME

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The power of owning a pet  The Volante

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Helping outdoor pets when it gets cold  13abc Action News

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Wallace Subaru of Bristol to cover cost of adopting pets Tuesday  WCYB

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What to Know About a Chinchilla Pet — How to Care For a Chinchilla  WomansDay.com

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Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of Oct. 21  Patch.com

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Pets of the Week for Oct. 22, 2019  Duluth News Tribune

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Aston Martin's first-ever SUV will have outrageously luxurious options like a portable pet washer  INSIDER

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Facial recognition for pets? App helps reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners  Tacoma News Tribune

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Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this Halloween  WTHR

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3 Kids, Hundreds of Pets Removed from Volusia Home  News 13

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Check out this week’s adoptable pets  ArkLaTexHomepage

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Letters to the Editor, PETS: Some food for thought  Coeur d'Alene Press

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Customizable Cat and Dog Puzzles Are the Perfect Gifts for the Obsessed Pet Lovers in Your Life  PEOPLE.com

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Pet detective Babs Fry helps find missing dogs for free  Today.com

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Chinese cafe paints dogs to look like giant pandas  CNN

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Say hello to Scout, our Pet of the Week!  FOX 29

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Flagler Pets of the Week: Oct. 23  Daytona Beach News-Journal

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Pet pantry helps promote spay, neuter program  The Herald Bulletin

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NJ pets in need: Oct. 21, 2019  NJ.com

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Pet of the Week: 2019 pets  WTOP

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Pet-owner horror! He allegedly threw dog out window to death; tossed pet rodents too  SILive.com

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Florida inmate charged with feeding jail's pet iguana 'Mojo' to alligator  WFTV Orlando

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Is This Surging Online Pet Retailer Stock Still a Buy?  Motley Fool

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Animal Tales: Lewiston shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Pets on Parade Holiday Drive to Save Lives to air Nov. 2 on 3TV  AZFamily

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How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts)  Inc.

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Here's exactly how much it costs to own 12 common household pets  Business Insider

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As Billings schools crack down on pets in class, West High learns new tricks  Billings Gazette

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The value of pet ownership for older adults  WTOP

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Scheme which is giving pets a new lease of life  Belfast Telegraph

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Edinboro University goes pet-friendly - News  GoErie.com

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ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?  Scientific American

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Chinese 'panda' pet cafe raises eyebrows  BBC News

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The Best GPS Trackers For Pets  Forbes

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PET TALK: You CAN teach an older dog new tricks  Aiken Standard

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Pets of the Week | Community News  Journalscene.com

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Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think  Los Angeles Times

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Dorchester County is considering new rules for pets  WCBD News 2

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Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride  TechCrunch

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Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Poochie  RADIO.COM

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Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Beyonce  RADIO.COM

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Woman found living with more than 300 pet rats in her van in upscale San Diego community  Fox News

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Firefighters honored, used pet masks to save animals  Lexington Dispatch

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Furfest, Pet Costume Parade Coming To Manahawkin  Barnegat-Manahawkin, NJ Patch

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The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels In Orlando  Forbes

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Pets help ease seniors' loneliness | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

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Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike  Medical News Today

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Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The  The Washington Post

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Summit County volunteers step up to help locals find their lost pets  Summit Daily News

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Mojo the iguana was a jail pet. Then an inmate fed him alive to a gator, police said  Miami Herald

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Add to Cart: These are Amazon's best pet products for your furry friend  AOL

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Professional decorators spill their 12 design pet peeves  The Washington Post

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Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets  New York Post

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Woman living in van with more than 300 pet rats  WPVI-TV

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Forget Medicare For All, Now This Lefty Wants Medicare For Pets  The Federalist

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Forget the hype: Experts say trendy pet diets can put animals' health at risk  News3LV

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Pet Tunes Holiday: This Seasons Best Gift for Dogs and Cats  Oneida Dispatch

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14 animals that are surprisingly legal to own as pets in the US  Business Insider

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Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing  Reuters

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Meet Mika, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week - The Verge
Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week  The Verge

You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20 - SILive.com
You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20  SILive.com

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Austin among cities testing Uber Pets pilot program  Austin American-Statesman

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Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

San Diego Woman Found Living in Van With 320 Pet Rats - TooFab
San Diego Woman Found Living in Van With 320 Pet Rats  TooFab

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Edgewell Personal Care to sell baby and pet care businesses  CTPost

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The Curious Tale Of The Stolen Pets Release Date Confirmed  UploadVR

Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems - BBC News
Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems  BBC News

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