Rescue Hints and Tips


10 Ways to Welcome Your Rescue

"Treat your new rescue dog like a 2-year-old child, and youíll make friends fast, says Jean Smith...

"Here are 10 tips to help you welcome your rescue dog..

1. "Know your dog. Get as much information as possible from shelter or rescue organization personnel about his behavior and daily routine... Continuing the feeding, exercise, and grooming routine he was used to gives your dog confidence in his new home...

2. "Clarify dog-care duties and limits in your home... who does what..

3. "Check the dogís health. Take him for a veterinary exam.. Arrange for spaying or neutering..

4. "Take it easy. Bring your rescue dog home when you have a few full days to get used to each other. For the first two days, let only immediate family have contact with him. Slowly introduce the new dog to other pets during short supervised sessions, Parsons says.

5. "Give him security. If the dog is used to sleeping in a crate, continue making his crate available...

6. "Give him frequent potty breaks. Assume the dog is not housetrained. Take him outdoors often to eliminate to help prevent accidents and learn how to signal to you that he needs to go...

7. "Walk, donít sit. Your companion needs to run and play with you...

8. "Go to school. Enroll in obedience classes, even if your dog already knows the basics... Learning together establishes you as the leader.

9. "Keep him leashed. Donít let the dog run free too soon...

10. "Be patient. Give the dog time to adjust.."

(Holly Ocasio Rizzo. "10 Ways to Welcome Your Rescue." Dog Fancy, September 2003, online special at http://www.dogfancy.com/dogfancy/detail.aspx?aid=8681&cid=3504&search=).


We have several foster homes around the state....many very active transport members...........several folks who process adoption applications.....They call and check on all references listed (Non- Relative References)...Vet references....We check with their Vet to see if he/she would recommend this person to adopt one of our GS's.....We do the same with someone who applies to be a "Foster Home.".......We then talk to all neighbors surrounding the home where our GS will be adopted or fostered into.....We talk to this persons employer to make certain they have a job.....and see what their boss has to say about them as a "Person..." We then go and inspect the house/Yard/Fence/gate(s).......Shade trees......Our GS's have to be inside/outside dogs...More insdie than outside.....If the perosn who wants to adopt makes a fuss about the adoption fees.....asking us to consider lowering the fee.....We disaprove them right away....This tells us that if they are concerned over a adoption fee of $150.00..What will they do in a crisis when surgery is needed.......etc.....We disapprove more then we approve.....That's fine...we all sleep better at night for making the right decisions for our GS's knowing we are not getting them back into what we rescued them from..Neglect, Abuse,.....etc....etc..etc.... (letter from Dennis Blocker, German Shepherd Rescue, 1-13-04).


Colby Glass, MLIS