I help wth evals on occasion, and also training, mentoring owners who are new to the breed or even thinking of giving up their dogs for a variety of reasons. I donate, help raise funds, help place dogs in foster homes and give out rescue resources when needed, network with people who can take in fosters and run rescues.
I also do a lot of public relations and breed education about the breed and therapy dog work work, actively participate in fighting BSL which in it's own right also helps with rescue because people aren't as afraid to go in and actually consider adopting the breed that the media makes out to be evil.
***Edited By: patchOPits on 8/3/2007 11:25:21 PM*** Reason: had to fix a typo
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I was thinking on this topic while I was in the back yard collecting the daily "harvest" LOL.
Untill I purchased my frist Bordeaux all of my dogs were a "rescue" in one form or another. Taken in when friends or family could not care for or did not want them, picked up on the side of the road even. While I was working at a pet shop I took home 2 guinnea pigs (one was pregnant), a rabbit (pregnant as well), two dogs and an unknown number of fish that people simply did not want anymore. One of my friends and her boyfriend took my belated pittys mother away from an abusive owner and I helped to raise him and his 11 siblings. Then kept him and helped my friend to place the others. I always cary a leash in my car and hav picked up several strays in the past and found there owners, new homes or taken them to a no kill shelter. If I see a stray who looks unaproachable or I can not stop I always call animal control, (the number is programed in my cell, always a good idea). These are only a few situations that immedieatly come to mind.
I guess my point is that in one way or another I think that I have been involved in "rescue" my whole life even though not directly affiliated with a group in particular. Hopefully if the members of this forum sit down and actually think about there actions, which I feel are just being a decent human being, they will realize that they themselves are involved with rescue as well and if not mabye we can all just be a bit more allert to our surroundings and any animal in need that may come across our path in need of help.
I also rescue, in my book I think rescue can mean a lot of things. But if you are a breeder I feel that we owe it to our breed to help in anyway we can. We started first with a rescue and then went into the show and breeding. we buy dogs from bad homes, we have had to do that many times. we have had to find home for people that could not keep their animals any more. We did have one return puppy and he was placed in another home, the family just couldn't handle a dog in their life. i believe we owe it to ourselves as good breeders and the dogs to make sure that any dog that we can help find a great home and have a better life, shows a lot about us as breeders.
I rescue any animal that comes across my path. I have always done so, from a young age.I am the woman known in my area to bring any stray, wounded, or mistreated animal. I work closely with my vets, who treat the animals in my care for cost of medication only. Between the two of us,we find that animal a home - and I have also kept many over the years spread around my family. The nearest shelter is 70 miles away, and the next nearest one is 300 miles away. Since my work does not allow me to travel to volunteer, I give monthly donations to each one, and 2 of my children volunteer at both (one in each city) on weekends. I am a member of the Boston Terrier Club of Canada Rescue, to which I make monthly donations.The reason for this is the location of where I live, and most animals available for adoption are 1000 miles away. If you check petfinder you will see very few Bostons, for adoption, and or fostering. This is because of the very few Boston breeders in Canada, and the long waiting list with BTCC. They very rarely get a puppy, and to answer your question about my referral to them for a dog, yes I have suggested it, and most want a puppy from my old lines, and do not want to wait, nor do they want an older dog, unfortunately. However, this is their personal choice, I can only recommend the rescue as an option, and I do know how hard a Boston is to find. You must realize that I am 1 of 2 show/breeders in a massive province. That is why I asked you, Wiley, what your rescue consists of. My breed is not common, and there will never be one of my dogs found in a shelter. They are all microchipped, and I have a clause in my contract that states the dog shall not be sold, that it must be returned to me. Only once has something of this sort happened, and it was because the owner died, and the lady's daughter loved the dog, and I allowed her to transfer ownership. This is what I do for rescue. I forgot to mention that the vet clinic also calls me when they get overloaded with animals and ask me to foster them, which I do.
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I think you should read my posting a little more closely, Wiley. 'So be it you took a pet home years ago?' I can't count the animals I've had even in the past 5 years. As for making excuses, I'm not making any excuses. Try looking at the BTCC rescue site, and see what you find. Somehow I knew that whatever I wrote as a response to this question, would not be enough, and that whatever I have done would be scoffed at.I do what I can, financially, and I certainly cannot afford to drive allover the U.S looking for dogs, but if I could, you can be sure that I would. To answer your question, do I do rescue? Yes I do, as much and as often as I can.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 8/4/2007 2:05:47 AM*** Reason: addition and spelling
I really tried hard not to get involved in this post, as I'm not a breeder or someone who's directly involved in rescue (my personal life and living conditions just do not allow me to do so first hand). I'm sorry that you have all those dogs in YOUR area that need rescue...and not that I feel that Pen needs defending, but you're being a real jerk...she CLEARLY mentions what she's doing IN CANADA. This makes sense to me as Pen is Canadian, and so, also being a Canadian, searched Boston's in MY area...this is what I found:
-- ADOPT A BOSTON Breed: Boston Terrier Sex: Age: Adult Size: Small From: Boston Terrier Club of Canada Rescue Email the adoption organization
Click on thumbnails to enlarge, or click image above to see the largest available image. All About ADOPT A BOSTON Wondering about the lack of dogs listed here on our Petfinder page?
A large number of our Boston Terriers do not make it to our web site. If we have an approved adoptive family on our waiting list who we feel would be a good match, they are contacted first. (We do not adopt out on dogs on a first-come, first-served, basis, but rather we try to select the caregiver who would make the best possible match to the needs, behaviours and personality of the rescued Boston.)
Please Note: - We rarely have dogs under one year of age available. Most of our rescued dogs are healthy young adults ranging in ages from 3 years to senior. Each dog is an individual and comes with their own reason for needing a new home. - You must be age 19 or older to apply for or adopt a BTCC Rescue dog. We do not accept or respond to inquiries by minors. - We do not ship our dogs. All dogs are placed in the province that they are located in. - We do not adopt our dogs out as presents or gifts to anyone. Why not? click here!. - Our standard adoption donation is $350 (with some exceptions for senior or special needs pets).
The Boston Terrier is a wonderful breed, but it is not for everybody. They are active, energetic dogs that like to keep busy. BostonTerriers do shed their coats and are famous for their snoring and ability to pass gas. They love to jump up on people and demand a lot of attention.
As volunteers, we try and respond to inquiries in a timely manner but as our rescue email account receives approximately 25-50 emails a day we are unable to phone each person individually. We thank you for your understanding and patience.
If you are interested in adoption, the first step is to complete our adoption application to be approved for our waiting list. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Serious enquiries only please.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SPECIFY YOUR LOCATION IN YOUR EMAIL!
This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet has been altered.
My Contact InfoBoston Terrier Club of Canada Rescue Nottawa, ON
Phone: Email: email@example.com
-- Oh, and one posting for an actual dog, a Boston/JRT mix.
I find it completely reasonable to work in rescue within your own country, and to find someone who goes out of their own province/state is probably just as rare (yes, yes, there's always transporting). Do you rescue dogs from other countries Wiley? Seeing as Pen also mentioned that she works along with the BTCC, I feel she's defended herself quite nicely against your slandering comments. For good measure, I searched the other provinces: There's a total of 9 Boston Terrier/Boston Terrier mixes (according to PetFinder.com) in all of Canada that currently need rescuing. (I only looked for Boston's seeing as my post is in response to your post, where you searched only Boston's). What are you trying to prove with this thread Wiley? At first, I thought it was going to be a great educational tool, a reason I originally joined this site. Sadly, it's turned into yet another bash session.
DoggyDaddy, the info you posted is exactly what I tried to explain in my posting. Thankyou for making it more specific, but I'm well aware of this - and I do refer my clients to this organization. I know that you as a T.O dweller would see a lot more homeless dogs etc, but have you ever been out west? We are talking about 2 totally different situations here, and one reason for the huge discrepancy in adoptable dogs is population.
Pen, What I should have made more clear in my post, is that there are NO Bostons in your area that need rescuing...I wasn't trying to prove that there are Bostons in your area, but that there are hardly any at all within our whole country! And yes, there are lots of dogs in my area that need rescuing! I live around the corner from the Toronto Humane Society and visit as often as work (and soon, school) will allow.
I'm not trying to be a jerk. I JUST wanted to know an answer.
"How many of you breeders out there also rescue?"
I have been on this forum for a little while now and recently seen nothing but breeders. Not that is is bad but just trying to understand if we all love our pets what can we do about this problem with the killings?
I sometimes feel that all we(rescue) do is try to clean up the mess the over breeding is done.
I would like to know what the breeders are doing to help with this problem.
If that is being a jerk then so be it.
What are you doing to help???? Never mind I just reread your thread. NOTHING
Shelters transport dogs all over the US and in to Canada!
oh, you feel attacked...your own medicine tastes awful huh?Yup Wiley.....I do nothing...without disclosing my personal life on a public forum about pets, all I'll say is that I do what I can, when I can with what little I have. But, like normal, that's not going to be good enough...so, happily, I raise the white flag, you win....good job on trying to not be a jerk.
DoggyDaddy, That's exactly what I was trying to explain, that there are no Bostons in my area, and the ones that are available are in places like B.C! To say I do NOTHING is absolutely unfounded, and totally wrong.