Welcome to Lesson 10

Adopt and Rehome – A Good Rescue Organisation Is The Key

Lesson 10 already!  This lesson is about finding a good rescue organisation to get your dog from.

I think everyone should consider giving a rescued dog a chance. That’s because every year, millions of dogs end up in rescue through no fault of their own.  In the USA alone, the ASPCA estimates that’s 6 million dogs and puppies per year.

Whether you are looking for a pure breed or a mixed breed, or an adult or a puppy, there is bound to be a rescue centre which has one for you.

Rescue centres are overflowing because of the bad choices we humans make.  It’s a sad fact that many dogs who end up here are simply dumped because the owners didn’t appreciate how much effort owning a dog takes.

I know there are some bad stories about the safety of adopted or rescued dogs.  But there are as many bad stories about dogs which were bought as puppies too.  One bad story doesn’t make all rescue dogs ‘off limits’.  Just think about the millions of rescued dogs found loving homes every year, which live there happily ever after.

Many people think a rescue dog isn’t going to be safe for their children.  They think getting a puppy will be less risky.  I think to be honest, it’s a risk either way. You can do a lot to reduce these risks, and a lot of it also has to do with how you let children interact with your dog.

Please don’t think rescue dogs are all problem dogs – they aren’t.  There are many wonderful dogs of all types in rescue whose owners have died, become ill, had their working hours change, got divorced or had to move to a new property which doesn’t take pets. (Some people unfortunately also simply decide they don’t want an old dog around the house).

Many of these dogs have had great lives, and a lot of work put into them before ending up sad and lonely in a kennel. Senior dogs (10+) years are often a superb introduction to dog ownership and take a lot less energy for a first time dog owner than a puppy or young tearaway.

I recently met a lady who had taken on an 11 year old dog from a rescue centre.  They are blissfully happy together!

If you’re the sort of person who likes to give a recycled dog or puppy 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.

That means you can explain who and what you are, and what you think you need to a good rescue centre and they will suggest dogs for you to look at.

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 possible.  (My book covers this in more detail.)

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, but can also use kennels as well.

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.  Your allergy testing is more reliable that way.

Rescue organisations all want the same thing, which is to match a dog they have with you, and most are phenomenal.  They do a fantastic job picking up the pieces of our disposable (dog) society.

However I know from personal experience and from other people’s that they’re not all good.  Some are, to quote a friend of mine “simply a storefront for rescue dogs”.  What she means by this is that they give the dogs to anyone who turns up without any kind of proper checks, without checking if the dog is even suitable for them and then many of those dogs end up being returned (and some destroyed).

Time for more homework.  You want to pick a good rescue centre to do business with.  The internet can be a great source of information on different rescue organisations.  People are very willing to share their experiences online.  But there is no substitute for getting out there and visiting the centres and talking to people.

So here are some top tips for a good rescue centre:

  1. It should appear clean, tidy and well organised
  2. They should answer the phone or e-mail enquiries promptly
  3. The people are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable
  4. The dogs have space to play and are taken out for exercise
  5. You should get after care and support

There’s a huge amount more you can do and see to ensure you find a good rescue centre – a lot more than can be fitted into this e-course. As someone who spent 3 years volunteering for a rescue organisation, has had rescue dogs herself and been to countless charity dog shows, I can tell you that for certain.  The first time I ever adopted (my Doberman Vanna) I was totally clueless and probably would have walked away from that place if I had known what to ask.

Many pure breeds end up in rescue as half grown puppies or adults so please do consider this if you want a pure bred dog.

Lesson 10 coursework

Check out a few rescue centres armed with my 5 point checklist and see how they match up.

Remember this lesson is part of your free course book that you’ll receive very soon.

Look out for Lesson 11 in your e-mails.  This is great stuff for anyone with a dog allergy, or who doesn’t want dog hair all over the house!

Bev x


P.S.  If you want a fool-proof system for finding and adopting the perfect rescue dog of any kind, it’s all going in The Ultimate Guide. Using this system you should find an excellent rescue centre and an excellent dog as well! Just drop your details in here to be told when it’s ready



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