WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A RESCUE/SHELTER
The majority of rescue organizations / shelters found in Canada are reputable and well run; however it is important to do some research to ensure that the organization you are considering is credible. The following is a listing of some of the things that a good organization does:
- The responsible rescue places the welfare and happiness of the animal first.
- As a first step in the adoption process, an application form should be completed. The rescue/shelter then performs careful screening of potential adopters and verifies references — the goal being to match up the right pet with the right home.
- All pets should be spayed/neutered prior to being placed and, if for any reason (ie., too young or some medical reason) spaying/neutering is not done prior to placement, this is included as a requirement within the adoption contract.
- All animals ready for adoption should have been examined by a veterinarian and be up to date on vaccines.
- All animals ready for adoption should have been temperament tested.
- The rescue/shelter should provide full disclosure about the dog, including any medical and/or behavioural problems.
- Depending on the pet to be adopted, the rescue may require that adopters participate in training classes.
- The rescue/shelter should offer ongoing support to adopters.
- A written adoption contract should be provided and should include all requirements/expectations including a clause stating that the pet must be returned to the rescue if the adopter decides to relinquish the pet.
- Rescue organizations should be able to provide references from shelters in their area and in general should be working with those shelters.
- A reputable rescue operates as a not-for-profit entity and/or registered charity.