In an ideal world, no animal shall go without a good home or the basic essentials in life. The reality is that there are many cases of pet abandonment, and they happen because of one primary reason: irresponsibility. The Spinone Club of America or SCOA has made it part of their mission to promulgate awareness about the breed by offering rescue and home placement to any Spinone Italiano dog in trouble.
The SCOA rescue is a far reaching rescue organization. It has centers and contacts covering all of the states in the US. It is also the only rescue center that specializes in helping abandoned or distressed Spinone Italiano dogs. SCOA also helps in finding home placements for these rescued animals through careful evaluation of both animal adoptee and prospective human adopter. The club also funds their own animal medical clinics for the rescued pets, and makes sure that a Spinone Italiano dog is checked over and given proper care.
There are of course, other Spinone Italiano rescue centers scattered all over the country. Some of them have reaches all over one state, one region, one city, one county, etc. Others are more generalized like the ASPCA or Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for example.
Anything that constitutes causing an animal unnecessary and unwarranted harm and suffering can be considered as animal cruelty; and this is illegal in all states. But provisions, enforcement and punishment may vary between the different states. Deprivation (of food, drink and shelter,) maltreatment, illegal fighting between animals, are but a few examples of animal cruelty.
It is quite amazing that the Spinone Italiano, one of the most compliant dogs in the entire canine kingdom, can be subjected to cruelty. But there are many, many cases of abandonment and maltreatment when it comes to this breed. Mainly, they come from irresponsible owners who do not take the time and effort to take care of their pets, and let the animals fend for themselves in enclosed spaces. There are reports of a number of Spinone Italiano dogs that have been kept in filthy living conditions in basements or sheds.
Rescuing animals is always a heartbreaking process, especially when it comes to the Spinone Italiano. Many of those that are rescued had suffered from all forms of deprivation and may have developed behavioral and psychological problems. Many "rescued" Spinone Italiano dogs are sometimes too far gone for medical or conventional help that the next viable option is to be put down.
If you are thinking of adopting a rescued Spinone Italiano from shelters or animal centers, you have to be ready for a series of evaluations. Not all Spinone Italiano dogs that come out with a clean bill of health from shelters make for good pets. Others have just too many traumatic experiences that first-time owners are not likely to be selected as candidates for adoptions. Others have to undergo lifelong medication and check-up just to get by and only experienced Spinone Italiano owners are allowed to offer foster care or assigned as permanent guardians.