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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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Pets being shot in Brookhaven neighborhood, families concerned  WLBT

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Which pets are best for people with allergies?  The Pasadena Star-News

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Animal Ortho Care gives owners options for treating injured pets  INFORUM

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Grain Free Diets in Pets  FOX 31 Denver

Local bikers ride for lost pets - KGNS.tv
Local bikers ride for lost pets  KGNS.tv

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Pets escape burning garage on Tower Road; no one injured  Detroit Lakes Tribune

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Cannoli - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Cannoli  TAPinto.net

Pet Talk: Staying environmentally conscious with your pets - KBTX
Pet Talk: Staying environmentally conscious with your pets  KBTX

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Pet Talk | Start of recreational pot sales brings rise in pet intoxication  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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Precise radiation therapy helps pets at small animal hospital  Iowa State Daily

Prevention: Health benefits of pets abound - The Register-Guard
Prevention: Health benefits of pets abound  The Register-Guard

Calling pets 'cute' and 'cuddly' can hurt their adoption chances - Mail Tribune
Calling pets 'cute' and 'cuddly' can hurt their adoption chances  Mail Tribune

Animal Cares: Pet Costs 101 | Pets - Caledonian Record
Animal Cares: Pet Costs 101 | Pets  Caledonian Record

Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Anne Arundel SPCA - Anne Arundel, MD Patch
Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Anne Arundel SPCA  Anne Arundel, MD Patch

Pets of the week: Sugar and Spice - WTSP.com
Pets of the week: Sugar and Spice  WTSP.com

Letter to the Editor: Back common sense to spay and neuter pets - Albuquerque Journal
Letter to the Editor: Back common sense to spay and neuter pets  Albuquerque Journal

Town Animal Shelter Waiving Fee For Some Pets For Valentines Day - Patchogue, NY Patch
Town Animal Shelter Waiving Fee For Some Pets For Valentines Day  Patchogue, NY Patch

East Bay pets of the week for Jan. 31 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for Jan. 31  East Bay Times

NJ pets in need: Jan. 27, 2020 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Jan. 27, 2020  NJ.com

13 Simple Things You Can Do to Show Your Pet You Love Them - POPSUGAR
13 Simple Things You Can Do to Show Your Pet You Love Them  POPSUGAR

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week Of Jan. 27 - Manhattan, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week Of Jan. 27  Manhattan, IL Patch

Pets of the week: These sweet strays have lots of personality to brighten your life - MLive.com
Pets of the week: These sweet strays have lots of personality to brighten your life  MLive.com

Mississippi Police Warn of Pets Being Shot With Pellet Guns - U.S. News & World Report
Mississippi Police Warn of Pets Being Shot With Pellet Guns  U.S. News & World Report

Good Day Pets – 01/27/20 - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – 01/27/20  KCAU 9

Brookhaven police warn of pets being shot with pellet guns - WAPT Jackson
Brookhaven police warn of pets being shot with pellet guns  WAPT Jackson

Ways To Make Your Pets Comfortable While They're Home Alone - KHTS Radio
Ways To Make Your Pets Comfortable While They're Home Alone  KHTS Radio

MSPCA program offers affordable care for Lowell pets - Lowell Sun
MSPCA program offers affordable care for Lowell pets  Lowell Sun

Urgent Care For Pets to Open on Amsterdam and 77th This Spring - westsiderag.com
Urgent Care For Pets to Open on Amsterdam and 77th This Spring  westsiderag.com

Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones - The Columbian
Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones  The Columbian

3 Ways to Make Caring for Your Pet more Eco-Friendly - newsdakota.com
3 Ways to Make Caring for Your Pet more Eco-Friendly  newsdakota.com

Pets being shot with pellet guns in Mississippi town, police chief says - Clarion Ledger
Pets being shot with pellet guns in Mississippi town, police chief says  Clarion Ledger

Rescue animals could become Florida's state pet - NBC2 News
Rescue animals could become Florida's state pet  NBC2 News

Seattle organization that helps pets of people on the streets gets $50K grant - KOMO News
Seattle organization that helps pets of people on the streets gets $50K grant  KOMO News

Louisville, Indianapolis, and Atlanta Are the Top 3 Cities to Rent in If You Have Pets - HouseBeautiful.com
Louisville, Indianapolis, and Atlanta Are the Top 3 Cities to Rent in If You Have Pets  HouseBeautiful.com

Covenant Creatures Helps Thurston County Pet Owners in Need - ThurstonTalk
Covenant Creatures Helps Thurston County Pet Owners in Need  ThurstonTalk

National pet blood shortage impacts local animal hospitals - NewsChannel5.com
National pet blood shortage impacts local animal hospitals  NewsChannel5.com

Humane Society Partners With Wings of Rescue to Fly 150 Pets to Forever Homes - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Humane Society Partners With Wings of Rescue to Fly 150 Pets to Forever Homes  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pets of the Week: Rabbit couple looking for permanent home - The West Milford Messenger
Pets of the Week: Rabbit couple looking for permanent home  The West Milford Messenger

Pet of the Week: Fun-loving Rocco a special dog - Sentinel & Enterprise
Pet of the Week: Fun-loving Rocco a special dog  Sentinel & Enterprise

Pet of the Week - Piqua Daily Call
Pet of the Week  Piqua Daily Call

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Portage fire kills house pets | News  WNWN-FM

1 person taken to the hospital, residents, pets rescued during apartment complex fire in northwest Amarillo - KFDA
1 person taken to the hospital, residents, pets rescued during apartment complex fire in northwest Amarillo  KFDA

The days of passengers bringing pets on planes could be ending as U.S. looks to tighten service animal rules - MarketWatch
The days of passengers bringing pets on planes could be ending as U.S. looks to tighten service animal rules  MarketWatch

Pet sitter accused of leaving dogs to starve to death pleads guilty - 11Alive.com WXIA
Pet sitter accused of leaving dogs to starve to death pleads guilty  11Alive.com WXIA

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Meet LifeLine Animal Projects DeKalb County Pets of the Week!  Patch.com

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Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

Delta has a new upscale, high-tech pet carrier available. Cost? $850 - CNN
Delta has a new upscale, high-tech pet carrier available. Cost? $850  CNN

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Pets perish in Saturday night fire near Aksarben area  WOWT

Animal Services Offers More Pet Resource Centers - Santa Barbara Edhat
Animal Services Offers More Pet Resource Centers  Santa Barbara Edhat

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 26, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 26, 2020  Summit Daily News

Firefighters: Families should have fire escape plan that includes pets - UpNorthLive.com
Firefighters: Families should have fire escape plan that includes pets  UpNorthLive.com

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Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location  TechCrunch

Philipsburg fire destroys home, several pets killed | Progress News - Clearfield Progress
Philipsburg fire destroys home, several pets killed | Progress News  Clearfield Progress

How A Yorkie Enthusiast's Passion For Pets Sparked A Million-Dollar, One-Person Business - Forbes
How A Yorkie Enthusiast's Passion For Pets Sparked A Million-Dollar, One-Person Business  Forbes

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Rescue animals could become Florida’s official state pet  WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

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Pets in Need of Homes: Norton (Brought to You by A Furry Tail)  Saucon Source

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Family displaced, pet dies in Belpre house fire  WTAP-TV

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A new vet subscription shows pets really are just like us — they’re suckers for good branding  The Hustle

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Pets of the week | Local | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet - Los Angeles Times
Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet  Los Angeles Times

Michigan couple killed after going back into burning home to rescue pets - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Michigan couple killed after going back into burning home to rescue pets  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Kalkaska Couple Killed in House Fire Tried to Save Pets - 9&10 News
Kalkaska Couple Killed in House Fire Tried to Save Pets  9&10 News

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PET/MRI identifies notable breast cancer imaging biomarkers: Biomarkers may support screening and risk-reduction strategies  Science Daily

Animal hospitals in critical need of pet blood donations - WFLA
Animal hospitals in critical need of pet blood donations  WFLA

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Carolina - Island Free Press
Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Carolina  Island Free Press

Pets 101: Care Tips For New Pet Owners - Long Island Press
Pets 101: Care Tips For New Pet Owners  Long Island Press

Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets - KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City
Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Meet Our New Pet of the Week, Amy! - FOX10 News
Meet Our New Pet of the Week, Amy!  FOX10 News

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Two Adults and Five Pets Displaced After Single Vehicle Strikes House and Unoccupied Vehicle in Lexington Park | Southern Maryland News Net  Southern Maryland News Net

Strays and pets: The other victims of the Elazığ quake - Daily Sabah
Strays and pets: The other victims of the Elazığ quake  Daily Sabah

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The global Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) market is estimated to register a significant CAGR during the forecast period. The Bottles segment is expected to hold the largest share among all the product types, in 2017  Yahoo Finance

Nio's AI-powered digital assistant Nomi will impersonate your dead pet, among other problematic behaviors - CNET
Nio's AI-powered digital assistant Nomi will impersonate your dead pet, among other problematic behaviors  CNET

Pet of the week: Jack - Addison County Independent
Pet of the week: Jack  Addison County Independent

Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet - WCTV
Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet  WCTV

Pet of the Week: Meet Zoey - The News-Messenger
Pet of the Week: Meet Zoey  The News-Messenger

Pet of the Week: 2020 pets - WTOP
Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

7 new Pet Supplies Plus stores to debut in Western New York as local entrepreneur converts PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstores to largest independent pet retailer - Niagara Frontier Publications
7 new Pet Supplies Plus stores to debut in Western New York as local entrepreneur converts PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstores to largest independent pet retailer  Niagara Frontier Publications

Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets - News On 6
Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets  News On 6

Hangzhou's Nova Pets is a grooming parlour where owners can hang out with their animals - Dezeen
Hangzhou's Nova Pets is a grooming parlour where owners can hang out with their animals  Dezeen

Local Group Holds Training Session For Emergency Officials On Pet First Aid - CBS Pittsburgh
Local Group Holds Training Session For Emergency Officials On Pet First Aid  CBS Pittsburgh

Delta will fly your pet in a GPS-tracked luxury carrier — for $850 per flight - The Points Guy
Delta will fly your pet in a GPS-tracked luxury carrier — for $850 per flight  The Points Guy

Pet Talk: First Aid for pets - KBTX
Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

Looking for real love? Pet shelter has a Valentine's deal - Sun Sentinel
Looking for real love? Pet shelter has a Valentine's deal  Sun Sentinel

Pet Food Trends in 2020 Focus On Fruit, Alternative Proteins, and Healthy Options - Food Processing
Pet Food Trends in 2020 Focus On Fruit, Alternative Proteins, and Healthy Options  Food Processing

Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you - WHNT News 19
Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you  WHNT News 19

Fliers May Have to Attest Their Pets Are Service Animals - Newser
Fliers May Have to Attest Their Pets Are Service Animals  Newser

Pet Winter Safety - WJAC Johnstown
Pet Winter Safety  WJAC Johnstown

Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Overweight pets and health consequences - WGME
Overweight pets and health consequences  WGME

Adoptable Pets of the Week (1/24/2020) | Local News - The Daily Progress
Adoptable Pets of the Week (1/24/2020) | Local News  The Daily Progress

Why are pets everywhere? Businesses, airlines cracking down on service animal rules - WZTV
Why are pets everywhere? Businesses, airlines cracking down on service animal rules  WZTV

Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style - Lewiston Sun Journal
Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style  Lewiston Sun Journal

Pet Corner: Diesel - WWLP.com
Pet Corner: Diesel  WWLP.com

Police officer, wife get prison for neglecting pet dog - ABC27
Police officer, wife get prison for neglecting pet dog  ABC27

Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

GTPulse: The Fluffle House Gives Pet Rabbits a Second Chance at a Loving Home - 9&10 News
GTPulse: The Fluffle House Gives Pet Rabbits a Second Chance at a Loving Home  9&10 News

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Reba - ThurstonTalk
Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Reba  ThurstonTalk

NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020  NJ.com

Pet of the Week: Sassy - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Sassy  Arizona Daily Sun

Fires displace families, kill pets during past week - Taylorsville Times
Fires displace families, kill pets during past week  Taylorsville Times

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