Breed Specific Rescue Groups, Part 1

Breed Specific Rescue Groups

Who the heck do they think they are, anyway?

**This feature is part one in a series exploring Rescue Groups and why they do some of the things they do. The procedures can seem unfair and exclusive to some people hoping to adopt animals, but the rules are there for sound reasons.

Today on Facebook,, the topic of breed specific rescue groups came up. Somebody made a general statement that was unflattering to, in particular, Golden Retriever rescue volunteers. Since I work with a Golden Rescue organization, I can speak to this individual’s concern. I am providing the exact statement now. It is unaltered.

“i hate those posts and ni particular i hate animal rescue groups who go and adopt up nice dogs within a certain breed only to horde them and tell everybody they cant have the dog for various reasons and demand like hundreds of dollars for an animal that could have found a home at the pound they disgust me actually. How many animals do they keep from getting permanent homes because they are busy being greedy control freaks”

This astonished me. Rescue organizations are comprised, by and large, of dedicated and loving volunteers. How anybody could arrive at such a conclusion as our dear reader above has stated leaves me perplexed. The person I quoted really doesn’t have a clear understanding of how the organizations work. I would imagine if she doesn’t know, maybe others don’t either. I am involved with the group that found and rescued my dog, Willie. I know many volunteers within the organization, and understand how they function.

The adoption fees go to help cover the cost of vet bills while the animal is in foster care. If you did a spay/neuter, proper vaccinations, thorough exam, microchip etc, the bill would approximate the adoption fee. Some animals are so sick that they live in vet hospitals for a time before they can even be adopted out. My dog lived in a vet hospital for 3 MONTHS before he was well enough to be released to foster care. Fathom the expense of that. If you cannot afford an adoption fee, you likely cannot afford to properly care for the animal.

**Our next installment will explore other items of concern to rescue groups when the time comes to approve or disapprove a potential family.

Patty McGuire resides just outside Chalottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie. Willie has his own blog at www.everybodyloveswillie.tumblr.com. An etsy store specializing in custom knits for bigger dogs is coming soon.

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