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02-18-2014 08:04 AM
wfakers
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Originally Posted by belladonnalily View Post
We are thinking about adding a new family member this year. We currently have a 10mo male GSD and an 11yo female lab/heelerX. We are still in the "thinking" stage and trying to determine whether a male or a female might be better, but meeting the individuals dogs would be the best way.



In any event, after reviewing some Adoption Applications, I'm hesitant to for several reasons. Maybe someone can let me know if these things will REALLY be a problem for a Rescue (maybe they are trying to weed out problems) or if I'm worrying too much.



1. My 10mo male is not neutered. He will be neutered around 18mo, unless he shows signs of needing it done earlier. I have left him intact while growing for potential health benefits. I have NO intentions of breeding.



2. I have seen wording about using the dog as a "working" dog. Does this include Schutzhund training? At this point I don't have any intention of competing, but I do train with a Schutzhund trainer right now. Whether the new addition will train with him, I don't know yet but it could be a possibility. I do it mainly for the obedience, but my pup has a blast doing bitework.



3. I'm not sure how to handle the housing question. We have lived in our house for 10 years. My husband was the farm manager, but the farm was sold several years ago and broken up. He now acts as caretaker for the owner that owns the large parcel our house is on, but that person lives in another state and only comes up a few times a year. While I suppose we could contact them for a written letter, I've never actually met them and really hate to bother them with something like this. My husband has always been the head decision maker on the property and we've never had to bother with anything like this. The old and new owners have never cared what type of animals we owned.



4. No fenced yard. Home is on 600 acres and dogs are never outside with supervision. We spend ALOT of time outside most of the year, and that is how we have always managed our dogs.



5. Crating vs. free in house. We don't leave dogs unattended together ever. Our old girl is free, and our pup is crated. Not sure if this is a problem for all rescues or just the one I'm looking at right now. Our dogs go with us most places, including to work part of the time, so it isn't as if they are crated 10hr/day 5 days a week.



Any thoughts? I'm just not sure whether I should proceed with trying to rescue, or just go back to a breeder and look for an older pup there. I've always wanted to rescue, but it just seems like potential homes have to fit such a restrictive criteria...would I be wasting my time?

We just adopted a 3 year old girl from SGSR, & were very pleased with the whole process! I don't know how they would respond to your unaltered male, as that issue didn't come up with us, but our impression from our experience is that they are inclined to take a case-by-case view of people, rather than writing you off immediately because you checked the "wrong answer" on an application, so to speak!

We don't crate Gypsy, but would have if she needed it; the rescue volunteer asked about our plan, but didn't mandate that it needed to be one way or another. We rent as well, & while I'm not sure whether they contacted our landlord or not, we did give our landlord a heads-up, & all was fine. Also, we live in a residential area in town, with a very low (3-foot) fence, & they still approved us to adopt. The volunteer who was assigned to us seemed to have realistic expectations of us, & we all wanted the same thing: a dog who would thrive in the environment, home, & lifestyle we can presently offer her. We now have our Gypsy, & are extremely pleased with her!

We did also apply to VGSR just days before SGSR, but because of the references they require, their process took much longer, so we were actually scheduled to meet Gypsy with SGSR before we were even able to schedule a home visit with VGSR. Since we ended up taking, & keeping, Gypsy, we never had that home visit with VGSR, so I don't have any more experience with them.

For what it's worth, that was our experience! Good luck finding your new addition!


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02-18-2014 07:55 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN
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Originally Posted by RebelGSD View Post
Virginia shelters are overflowing with wonderful GSDs, so are North Carolina shelters, if you are interested in rescuing. Most will give a dog to anyone who comes with the money.
Yep! And if you go to a higher kill shelter, the only dogs on the adoption floor will usually be super sweet because the ones who aren't don't make it there due to space.
02-18-2014 06:59 AM
RebelGSD Virginia shelters are overflowing with wonderful GSDs, so are North Carolina shelters, if you are interested in rescuing. Most will give a dog to anyone who comes with the money.
02-17-2014 11:58 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by belladonnalily View Post
I'm in Virginia. MAGSR had the female that caught my eye, but I found out today that they won't adopt to my part of the state (central). Their application looked very strict and a little scary, so I'm thinking it was probably just as well. VGSR seemed more reasonable so I'm going to keep an eye on their available dogs. I still need to check out SEGSR.

I tend to get frustrated with cookie-cutter approval processes, so rescuing might not be for me. I know I'm a good dog owner (and goodness knows I've got the vet and training bills and enough dog hair in my bed to prove it ) so it maybl be easier and less stressful to deal with a private owner.

But I'm keeping an open mind for now and hoping the right one comes along.

I'm beginning to think GSDs are like potato chips...I'm picturing myself with a herd of them!

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I live in an area without a GSD rescue. I had trouble in that most of the German Shepherd rescues would not adopt out of the area. I finally found an all breed rescue close by and got to know them. I volunteer down there now.
I can tell you that there are a bunch of red flags with your application. Some rescues will be willing to work with you on some of them, but you will have a better shot if you get to know the people and let them get to know you first.
02-17-2014 10:51 PM
belladonnalily I'm in Virginia. MAGSR had the female that caught my eye, but I found out today that they won't adopt to my part of the state (central). Their application looked very strict and a little scary, so I'm thinking it was probably just as well. VGSR seemed more reasonable so I'm going to keep an eye on their available dogs. I still need to check out SEGSR.

I tend to get frustrated with cookie-cutter approval processes, so rescuing might not be for me. I know I'm a good dog owner (and goodness knows I've got the vet and training bills and enough dog hair in my bed to prove it ) so it maybl be easier and less stressful to deal with a private owner.

But I'm keeping an open mind for now and hoping the right one comes along.

I'm beginning to think GSDs are like potato chips...I'm picturing myself with a herd of them!

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02-17-2014 07:10 PM
Magwart Every rescue really is different. Adopters who wouldn't qualify with a rescue down the road might qualify with mine, and vice versa. All of us are looking for "good" homes -- some think "good" doesn't necessarily mean "perfect," and others think "good" means satisfying a stringent checklist.

What part of the country are you in?
02-17-2014 02:48 PM
belladonnalily Thanks all

My trainer has a 6mo female we can consider, so we may go that route if the rescues aren't willing to consider us. I didn't rescue the first time and got my pup from a breeder because my husband and teen daughters had no experience with GSDs, and I wanted their first one to be a clean slate and have no hidden issues. Everyone adores our boy and they've adjusted well to a new way of raising and training a dog. I feel we are ready for a potential challenge and really wanted to give a second chance to a deserving pup, so we'll see.

That said, I just received an email from the rescue that has an older pup I liked, and apparently we are out of their area (they only adopt to certain parts of our state.)

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02-17-2014 02:08 PM
Merciel
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You'd really have to talk to the rescue first. Some of them are flexible with their rules and some aren't.
Yepyep.

You'll find that some rescue volunteers will talk to you and want to know the reasons behind your decisions (all of which are entirely reasonable as laid out in this thread), and others will just stop right there and reject your application without inquiring further.

Not only does it vary by rescue, but frequently it will vary by volunteer. For the most part, rescue volunteers are extremely passionate about the welfare of dogs, but not all of them are equally educated about all issues surrounding their training and care. You may run into volunteers who have weird ideas about bitework or who feel VERY STRONGLY about un-neutered dogs and are unaware of (or don't care about) the reasons to delay neutering until later in the animal's life.

It happens. The best advice I can give is to strive for understanding, try to be respectful of people's reasons and positions even when you disagree (remember: a lot of rescue volunteers have seen some pretty extreme cases, and these can result in them having jaded opinions about people and/or making incorrect snap judgments based on bad stuff they've encountered in the past), and just move on politely if you aren't making headway in a discussion.

MOSTLY, in my experience, volunteers do try to get to the bottom of ambiguous issues and give good adopters the benefit of the doubt. But not always. So, again: it happens.

Shelters tend to be much, much less stringent in their screening and adoption procedures. This can be good and bad. The good side is that it's usually much easier to adopt from them; the bad side is that you typically get a lot less information about the individual dog ahead of time (which can be an issue sometimes) and less support down the road if you happen to need it. A good rescue, like a good breeder, should be there for you if you run into problems after getting your new dog.
02-17-2014 01:53 PM
Imthemomma I also second the shelter idea too. I adopted both mine from our local animal shelter.


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02-17-2014 01:42 PM
misslesleedavis1 As a volunteer for a rescue in ontario i have approved a home with no fence around the yard, she lived on a farm with her husband, They had a intact male she was great, her husband was great and they got a giant approval from me. I have heard rescue horror stories, good people not being approved, i guess it depends alot on who is doing a home visit...assuming rescue rules are pretty much the same across the board?
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