As a dog rescue, I receive an average of 10-15 e-mails a day and 5-6 phone calls from the public wanting assistance with a dog. This assistance can vary greatly, from “where can we bring our dog to get rid of it” to “need advice on starving dog next door”.
To be blunt, we don’t need donations of dogs. We can find plenty of dogs to rescue on our own. I can tell you honestly that we aren’t sitting around waiting for the public to bring us dogs.
We are a dog rescue but we are not dog rehabilitators. We cannot miraculously make your dog non-aggressive to people, children, cats, dogs, or unicorns. As a rule, if your dog has a behavior problem that is causing you to not want him, we probably aren’t going to be able to place him either. If you really love your dog then make some sacrifices and efforts to keep him. If he jumps your fence, then crate him inside the house during the day and monitor him when he is outside or take him for walks or to the dog park for exercise. If you can afford it, contact a trainer or dog behaviorist for advice, then FOLLOW IT! If you have dogs that aren’t getting along and you aren’t able to re-home one of them, then rotate them in crates, allowing each dog ample time to be out of the crate and with the family.
If you contact me about a dog being abused or neglected in your neighborhood, I will do everything I can to find you the right people to contact, but I can’t go and steal the dog in the dark of night like some dog rescue ninja, as cool as that might be.
If your dog is ill and you can’t afford medical treatment, again I will try to help you find assistance, but we run our rescue on very limited funds and just cannot afford to help every dog needing medical attention, as much as we wish we could.
If you are wanting to re-home your dog because he is old or not getting along with the new puppy you just got, well SHAME ON YOU!! Hopefully, you will never be old and need special attention and care or be replaced by a younger, cuter version.
However, if you have found a dog and you are willing to foster the dog until we can find a home for it or until a foster home can be found, or if you are willing to pay for the vetting costs (spay/neuter, vaccinations), then we will do everything we can to help you. We are more than willing to help those that will meet us half-way.
I love dogs, I really do, or I wouldn’t be doing this, but the sad reality is that not all dogs can be saved. All anyone can do is help the one right in front of them and then go to the next one.