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Thread: Purchasing a Dog Through Rescue

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    Hy, both dogs are in different parts of NSW. Will wait and see what comes back to me. For all I know they have found just the right homes, and websites haven't been updated yet.

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    I haven't rescued dogs for rehoming for several years (just fostered here and there) and just did so at the beginning of December because I saw three little dogs had been surrendered and I knew surrendered dogs were being the first "to go to god" because the pounds were inundated. I mention this simply because I am a very very small player in the scheme of things.

    When I receive an enquiry, I send a questionnaire to the enquirer and, should I think that they are suitable for the dog and the dog is suitable for them, will take it further via phone call and hopefully arrange for them to come and visit the dog. I understand this will be difficult for you, D.A., but as someone else has suggested, perhaps you can arrange for someone you trust to understand what you are looking for to do the visit for you.

    I appreciate a barrage of questions from a potential adoptive parent because it helps me to understand where they are coming from and also their commitment or lack of - LOL.

    The last dog I rehomed, I had to have desexed before she went to her new home (this had been postponed because I was sick and just couldn't get her to the vet) and so it was a little while before she could go to her new home. The woman emailed me at least once a day asking after her and just asking general questions. It made me feel that "my" little dog was going to someone who just couldn't wait to get her. And that was the case.

    I might add that should I get an enquiry from someone who I feel would be a good home, but the dog they've enquired about is not suitable for them, I ask their permission to send their completed Questionnaire to other rescuers who might have a suitable dog.

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    Okay, well I can help you out here - just have to try not to write a war and peace! I'll try and address issues concerning interstate adoptions, not local.

    From MY perspective as a rescuer, if I get an enquiry from interstate or more than say 2-3 hours drive away, then I spend a long time on the phone talking to the enquirer. I ask heaps and heaps of questions about the home they have to offer, including exercise, fencing, sleeping arrangements, other pets (and their temperaments), who is living in the home, their dog owning experiences etc. I try not to make it sound like an interview, rather a casual chat where I try to get an overall idea of the home, and a "gut" feeling as to whether or not it's a goer. Even though I will have done as comprehensive a profile on the dog that they should have read, I will try to get info from them before they ask me questions. Once I am happy that they are suitable, then I get them to ask any questions they have.

    Look, sometimes I've got it wrong, luckily never with a long distance adoption, and the number of times I HAVE got it wrong I could count on one hand. And that's out of over 200 dogs that I have personally fostered, plus a few hundred more that I've matched from a shelter environment. So I think I have a fairly good track record!

    From YOUR point of view, be prepared to have lots of questions asked of you, if they don't then I wouldn't be too impressed. You need to know that the dog is social with other dogs, good with cats, etc. The carer/contact SHOULD be completely honest with you, as it in the dog's best interests to find the best possible home. If I don't know something I will tell them, for instance I don't have cats, some dogs I've had over the years I just know would be okay, some I know wouldn't and others I have no idea.

    I think in your case I'd be looking at dogs that are living in a home environment, and you can compare that environment to yours.

    Umm okay rambling for far too long.....

    btw, if any dogs you are interested in are in the Sydney area let me know, I'm happy to go have a look at them and assess them.

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    Oh I forgot to add that with long distance adoptions I actually try to turn people OFF the dog! In other words I say something like "I could sing the dog's praises but I really need to tell you about the following issues"...

    That way they will either be put off or will come back with how they propose to deal with said issues.

    I had a dear wee silky girl I adopted to a lady in Melbourne last year, she came close to being a foster failure, I'm glad she didn't as she has blossomed. She had a few issues which to many people would have turned them off her, but this lady simply couldn't be turned off. I was a wreck when I dropped her to the airport, but we keep in touch, the lady has posted youtube videos of her (which I can't bloody watch at home), that she has dedicated to me. Every time I watch the clips I bawl my eyes out...in happiness!

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    So DA, what's the story with these dogs? Do they have a profile? It might be worth posting their profiles so that we can may offer some advice, opinions, questions to ask etc.

    ....and coz I'm a nosy cow! teehee

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    Thanks for all that information Anne. Much appreciated.

    To answer your question, yes, I hope to return to part-time work in the near future. Two days a week would be ideal, maybe three a bit much, but will see. I changed my mind about the carer position. Upon discussing at further detail the requirements at times, not to mention the expected hours and timing of shifts, it was deemed a definate no-go for my family. Just didn't think it would work out - lol - therefore it wouldn't have.

    It has to be the right job that is going to suit us all, or else it's not worth it for us in the long run. Applied for a job today just casual relief in a 'mature-age" (:laugh fashion boutique in town. Who knows...

    I am hoping to find the 'right' second dog that will fit in with us and most importantly Inca, as I am not one who likes to have a dog on their total lonesome for any stretch of hours. So am playing it by ear.
    I was notified of a lovely sounding Newfoundland that could have been a nice fit, but they do not send rescue dogs interstate. Soooo hoping he finds a wonderful home!!!

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    OMG. I just received an e-mail from the rescue organisation about the Newfoundland. Seems the 'boss' would consider an interstate adoption if it was in the dog's best interests.

    I'm also trying not to get excited. Shall go and make a coffee and calm down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    OMG. I just received an e-mail from the rescue organisation about the Newfoundland. Seems the 'boss' would consider an interstate adoption if it was in the dog's best interests.

    I'm also trying not to get excited. Shall go and make a coffee and calm down.
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    Oh Bugger, I just lost a huge posting I hit the back arrow and lost it all aarrgghh. I'll try again.

    Things were a little bit different with Mya as I have been following her since her rescue, on DOL. I have been in communication with her carer since she rescued her from Blacktown Pound in a poor emaciated state. I do not think I would consider rescuing interstate unless the dog is in a foster home. Mya has been living as 'one of the family' for the last 6 weeks (a family with 2 small children, I don't know about cats but that is not an issue for me.) Therefore, I trust the carers judgment of her much more than if she was just in a shelter situation.

    Ultimately there is no guarantee that she will get on with Jenna. I have never seen Jenna show ANY sign of aggression toward ANY dog and Mya has been introduced to some more resuce dogs that Mya's carer has taken in and met lots of dogs on walks, with no issues, but until they get together we cannot be 100% sure they will get on. If things do not work out we have agreed to fly Mya back to her carer, obviously this is not ideal and we would exhaust all other options before going down that road but because my OH works in Sydney 2 days a week, logistically it is not an issue. We would all be incredibly upset but we know the option is there.

    Again, if my OH hadn't been able to visit I would probably have given up on the idea, or I would have flown down myself. I sent hubby with a long list of questions when he went to visit last week. He said he felt a bit awkward turning up with this huge list but I tried to explain to him that I was pretty sure the carer would be more than happy to know we had given it alot a thought and took the whole process very seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    So DA, what's the story with these dogs? Do they have a profile? It might be worth posting their profiles so that we can may offer some advice, opinions, questions to ask etc.

    ....and coz I'm a nosy cow! teehee
    Oh, sorry Grey's - I missed this post.

    George is listed on petrescue.com.au. I don't know how to put links here, I'm sorry Grey's. Going to have to learn one day. Heck, I only learnt how to load photos thanks to Di!
    He is a Landseer, ie, black and white. Lol. 2 years of age. I don't think he has been introduced to cats, so that is one thing I will be asking about tomorrow at length. Newfoundlands are reknown for getting along with cats and small animals of most types. It is one of their characteristics, but that's not to say George would be okay with cats. Needs to be ascertained further.
    He's beautiful, so I'm sitting here a little dumbfounded as to why a dog such as he ends up as a rescue. Guess I'll find out. Made a time to talk to her tomorrow on the phone to discuss a lot more about him, and his past. Looks like they've clipped or thinned his coat out a fair bit in the photos, so will see why. My first guess is that his coat was not in a good way, but of course, foolish to assume anything at this stage.

    Wonder if he eats like a horse like Inca?
    No, seriously, adult Newfies generally eat about as much as a Labrador, bit less than a GSD. It's just the pups that eat like a horse!!!

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