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01-14-2014 10:50 AM
Stevenzachsmom I know rescues can seem like a lot of red tape. Definitely some hoops to jump through. Thanks to rescue volunteers, there is a greater chance that the dog you adopt will be housebroken. Medical and behavioral issues have most likely been identified and often treated. The dog is UTD on shots and speutered. Frequently, even mircochipped.

That said, I think people often have unrealistic expectations of rescues and rescue dogs. They also don't necessarily understand why they may not be approved to adopt a certain dog. One of our rescue dogs has separation anxiety. Her foster said the dog does best with another dog in the home and would not want to adopt her to a family that doesn't have another dog. Some dogs are escape artists. They would not be adopted to a family without a fence or to someone who would leave it outside unattended. It really depends on the dog and the family. Making the right match is so important.

Personally, I feel any dog savvy person should be able to go to the pound and get their own dog. Shelter adoptions are often easier. My current dog came from a high kill shelter in SC. I had him transported to my house, sight unseen. Bit of a risk? Maybe. He is a rascal and we love him to death. I adopted my previous GSD from the SPCA. I can walk into Animal Control in my county, show my ID, pay a fee and take a dog home the same day. It really doesn't have to be complicated. Rescues get dogs from shelters. The average Joe can do the same.
01-14-2014 01:42 AM
BowWowMeow Congratulations on successfully purchasing a puppy. Not sure why this belongs in the rescue section?

I'm on my 27th year of dog ownership and each of my wonderful companions has been a rescue. I have not gotten every dog I applied for nor have I been approved by every rescue. However, I am totally committed to providing a home for homeless animals so I have persevered. And sometimes it has taken months before I found the right match but I still believe in the concept and the process. It took me 2 months of intensive searching to find Rafi (and I drove 7 hours to meet him) and he is absolutely perfect for me.

I have also volunteered with several rescues and placed my own fosters with people who didn't have fences, etc. I have also seen many placements fail and understand the rational behind strict policies, even when I don't agree with every aspect of them.
01-14-2014 01:36 AM
wolfy dog I looked into rescue and they wouldn't adopt a dog to me because I had an intact male of 13 years old. And the GSD female was spayed. Really???? Oh yes! So I am getting a puppy from a breeder. Maybe with the next dog I'll go to a shelter where potential owners can actually adopt a dog.
It's no wonder that these rescues are full. They don't seem to trust people easily.
I have given up on them and they are missing out on great homes for their dogs.
01-14-2014 01:07 AM
TinkerinWstuff Congrats on your new pup.

I had to put my 13yr old GSD down just before Christmas and have been surfing the rescue scene since. I've been very put-off by all the hoops and how judgemental these places come off.

A couple years ago, I had a GSD breeder tell me that one of his best placements was with a guy who lived out of his truck. He said the dog was all the guy had, was the center of his world, and thus received better care and attention than most folks children.
01-13-2014 09:37 PM
3dognite First of all congrats on the new pooch! . Second we were trying to do a rescue too--mainly because we work full time and the youngest puppy stages are challenging in that regard.

Every rescue we looked into "locally" (within 500 miles) had challenges that wouldn't work--cats were a problem or other dogs were a problem, etc.

We were fortunate that they called us back I guess though. And we finally opted for a breeder.

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01-13-2014 08:47 PM
TAR HEEL MOM Congratulations! And just for the record...I would have happily adopted to you from my shelter. And we're in Burnsville NC..not too far from you. We want to know tow things specifically..are you going to chain this dog up outside for it's whole life? Can you afford reasonable vet care and food? Sure, we talk to our adopters about good food and training and inside living, but we don't get crazy with the demands. There are too many dogs needing homes to be THAT picky!
01-13-2014 12:53 PM
jafo220 I think GSD rescues are good. But, I tried to rescue instead of buying a pup before Cruz. I spent what seemed like a half hour filling out all the information they wanted. Clicked the send button and.........nothing. To this day I have never recieved any corispondence from them.

It would have been nice to just here back from someone on where I stood with the application. But nothing.

It was really demoralising and frustrating to say the least. I've owned GSD's pretty much all my life and this just kind of felt like rejection. So I decided to buy a pup, end of story.
01-13-2014 12:45 PM
Stevenzachsmom Congrats! So happy for you. Can't wait to see pictures. How long before you get your pup?
01-13-2014 12:12 PM
Gwenhwyfair Congrats Packman. Now a guy that will sell his Harley to get a GSD, well that says it all right there!

Originally Posted by The Packman View Post
UPDATE: I sold my Harley and paid some bills...and as I told you I would, I put a deposit on a new GSD puppy and signed up for obedience / personal protection classes.

I tried my best to adopt a rescue but for some reason it seems it just wasn't in the cards !

BTW: we had Elly May fixed but since there is no medical benefit to having 'Ranger' put in the same boat, I passed on it.
01-13-2014 08:18 AM
misslesleedavis1 Maybe get involved with rescue? Talk to a breed specific one if your set on a GSD or Mal , take a day trip to a shelter? Check out ads in the paper..stalk pet finder ...stalk smaller rescues. Dont give up the search!

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