Choosing Your Dog – Finding A Good Rescue Organisation

If you’re the sort of person who likes to give a recycled dog a second chance, it’s easily done. It doesn’t matter whether you want a pure breed, or a general ‘mutt’. If you’ve done your lifestyle checks properly you’ll know what kind of world your dog has to fit.

If you have a dog allergy you can also adopt a low allergy dog from a rescue organisation. It takes a bit more planning, but it’s very possible.

Types of rescue organisation

Rescue organisations tend to come in 3 main types:

  • National kennel-based chains
  • Local kennel-based rescues, and
  • Specialist breed rescues.

As suggested, larger organisations tend to have dogs in kennels. Specialist breed rescues tend to operate through a network of foster homes with a central coordinator.

If you don’t have a dog allergy, you can go to all of these. If you have a dog allergy, a specialist pure breed rescue is where you should start. That’s because the people involved usually specialise in that breed, so you get less ‘cross contamination’ from other dog breeds. Your allergy testing is more reliable that way.

Top tips for a good rescue

Rescue organisations all want the same thing, but they’re not all good. You want to pick a good one (or ones) to do business with. So here are some top tips on what to look for:

  1. The rescue should have a return rate of less than 10% of the dogs they home
  2. It should be clean, tidy and well organised, including the areas where the dogs are housed
  3. They should answer the phone or e-mail enquiries promptly
  4. Find a rescue where the people are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable about the dogs they have
  5. Make sure the dogs have space and room to run and are exercised daily
  6. Find a rescue which will give you after care and support, including courses and seminars (you might have to pay for them, but they will be worth the investment)
  7. Find a rescue which feeds the best food they can afford within their means
  8. Find a rescue which requires home checks and a homing contract – as this protects both of you in case of problems later on

There’s a lot more to learn about finding a great rescue organisation than can be fitted into this article.  And a lot more about choosing your dog in my bigger, better Quick Start Guide.  

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4 Responses to “Choosing Your Dog – Finding A Good Rescue Organisation”

  • Jennifer G. says:

    Just found your site. Love it. You have such great information here. Posted a link from our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/petrescuefund. Keep up the great work!

  • Beverley says:

    Jennifer, thanks, appreciate the comments. Spread the word!

  • Holly says:

    I don’t know what dog is going to be right for me when I move from MN to GA. Should I go with a big dog like a Rottweiler or a little dog like a Yorkie or Chihuahua? My appartment/townhouse is going to have a dog park and jogging trail for them to get exercise. I will probably want a dog that is ok with car rides for when I go back to MN to visit, because I won’t want to lock it up in a kennel. I am leaning more towards a Yorkie now, but I just don’t know how well they do with car rides. Also, I don’t know if I should the dog before I leave for GA so that I can train it before I start getting stressed and busy from just moving across the country, or if I should get it after I move to GA because that’s where it’s going to be living for the rest of it’s life. Any suggestions will help and I will really appreciate it. Thank You!

  • Beverley says:

    Hi Holly. I am so glad to see you are thinking about this! So many people never do! My advice first of all is to wait to get a dog until after you have moved. Moving as you identified is busy and stressful and it can be upsetting for a new dog. Dogs need rules and structure to their day so it’s best to wait until you are settled and have got a grasp of your new life – then you can introduce a dog into it once you’re calm and peaceful. If you’re stressed, the dog will be too.

    Let’s look at moving around in the car. Most dogs learn to be ok in a car if its done well from an early age – start with little journeys either with your dog in the boot secured behind a dog guard, or properly harnessed into the back seat. Give lots of encouragement and lots of praise for being good. Gradually lengthen the journey times until you’re ready for the big one. Check out rescue because a lot of adult dogs are already great with travelling, and rescues get a lot of pure breeds as well as crosses.

    Please don’t get fixed on certain breeds because that’s a mistake a lot of people make and it gets them really in trouble. As for size of dog, it does depend a lot on your house size, garden size, where you’ll be living (city/town?) and what kind of person you are, and how much exercise you’ll do with your dog. That’s a really big subject. If you haven’t done so please pick up my free guides and think very carefully about who and what you’re about.

    Also be aware that some dogs are prone to lots of health problems so if you are thinking of a Yorkie BE VERY CAREFUL with the breeding.

    I can’t give you any more than this in a quick reply because I would need to know more about you. However, I can teach you everything you need to know now and for the rest of your life for less than one hour with me in person. How? Well it’s all in the book on how to choose a dog and that’s why I wrote it :) I promise you it will get you the EXACT match today, tomorrow and every time you want to choose a new dog from now on.

    Thanks for the contact. Have a good look at all the breed profiles on the site and do pick up the free guides at least!