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How to Find a Reputable Dog Rescue

Rutuja Ghanekar Mar 19, 2020
Finding a helpful animal rescue organization is crucial when adopting a pet or rescuing one. Read some important factors that will help narrow down your search.

Quick Fact

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, of the total number of dogs present in a local shelter, 25% are purebred.
Showing compassion for needy dogs is a noble cause. Before you trust a dog rescue blindly, you must make a background check on how authentic the rescue shelter really is.
There are quite a few organizations out there that sound legitimate, but how do you know for sure what goes behind the shelter's closed doors? How do you ensure that the rescue group is not some sort of a scam? Following information will help you identify a genuine, reputable shelter from a fake, shady one.

Verify the Rescue Organization

Make sure that the rescue group is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. After all you're garnering this information for good.
The group should be able to prove that it works on adoptions, grants, and donations; and never on sale of dogs; this can be done by acquiring a state license for both credibility and tax reasons. You can visit your state government website to confirm the license status of any dog rescue group.

Inquire About Veterinary Care

A reputable shelter must conduct regular health check ups by a licensed veterinarian of all the dogs they house. The animals should be vaccinated with the latest vaccinations and shots, such as rabies.
A credible pet rescue also spays or neuters a dog immediately after they register the animal, unless mentioned otherwise in the contract. The organization must produce all medical records of all dogs whenever asked upon.

Assess the Dog's Behavioral History

Ideally, a genuine rescue organization will ensure that every dog is fit to live in society, and will not pose a threat to people and other animals.
The pet rescue group generally provides this information, conveying the temperament or status of the dog you're inquiring about. The rescue carries out prior tests under several circumstances to assess a dog's behavior.
Also, the rescue will ensure that the behavior of the dog is compatible with that of the owner who is willing to adopt it. The volunteers might even visit your house to evaluate and confirm the safety of the dog in its future home. If the group is reluctant to disclose results of these tests, then consider looking elsewhere for options.

Ensure the Rescue has a Contract

Any reputable rescue will follow through a legit contract evaluating and including every clause, keeping the dogs' interest in mind. The rescue should have a record of all files and contracts, even those that are considered to be 'old'.
It is important here, to note that the contract must include a clause where the owner is allowed to return the adopted pet, no matter what the cited reason. Under no circumstances, a pet rescue can provide excuses on failing to include this clause.
Sometimes, a rescue receives those dogs which have been willingly surrendered by their owners. In this case also, the owner and the rescue authorities have to complete the necessary paperwork before the dog is put up for adoption. Also, the new owner should be informed about this, if not, it is your duty to make yourself aware of the dog's entire history.

Check Overall Hygiene of the Facility

All reputable dog rescues will not hesitate from showing you around their premises. A short tour around the rescue home will give you an idea of the hygiene and the state of all animals.
The area where the animals are housed should be clean, dirt-free, and have easy access to water. There should be a volunteer to keep a watch in case of any emergency.
Make sure you notice whether the ailing and sick animals are housed separately from the healthy ones, with decent medical facilities. Moreover, dogs within a particular area must not be kept in overly crowded conditions, since this may mean that they are providing shelter to more dogs than the granted legal limit for the rescue home's geographical area.
Last but not the least, do not hesitate to ask any query related to the adoption procedure, the rescue should be more than happy to help clear your doubts.