Rescue operations depend on donations and foster homes...and there is never enough of donations or foster homes. There is a huge shortage of qualified people willing to volunteer as a foster home. This is probably the most limiting factor rescues must deal with.
Rescues are normally non-profit organizations dependent upon donations to stay in business. No money, no pets!
Rescues do not charge a surrender fee. Many people want to surrender dogs & cats that need medical attention, vaccinations, and spay/neutering. There is limited space so pet owners need to understand when they hear the words "no room".
Rescues offer re-homing services. When a rescue accepts a pet, they are assuming the cost and responsibility for having him for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, that is what a lot of people are looking for when they call a rescue. People will try a rescue first before taking the pet to the county shelters to avoid feeling guilty.
If a rescue refuses to adopt a pet to you, they will tell you the reasons why you cannot adopt one of their pets. Every rescue has a set of adoption guidelines. These guidelines vary from group to group so one rescue may refuse to adopt a pet to you and another may allow you to adopt. Every rescue wants their pets to go to a good home for life. They are trying to place the pet in the most appropriate forever home.
· How can rescues have waiting lists for pets if there are more pets than there are homes?
It is not that there are more pets than there are homes; it is that there are people wanting the perfect pet and there is no such thing as a perfect pet. Pets take work! There are lots of people with good intentions wanting to rescue a dog as long as the dog is housetrained, obedience trained, doesn't chase cats, will get along with their other dogs and has been certified to be in good health. No problem, you have been added to the waiting list! Also, some rescues do not work on a first come, first serve basis. They will adopt a pet out to the best home possible, not always the first person interested in adopting.
· Are you having problems getting a dog because you have children?
Dogs are animals and they can jump, scratch and bite! Rescuers are trying to do the best thing for the dog and they may feel the dog is not appropriate for homes with children. It is not unusual for children to do silly things like run, tease, poke, kick or fall on a dog thereby causing the dog to defend itself. The rescue will try to match up the most appropriate pet with the family.
· Why do rescues charge adoption fees, some of them are several hundred dollars?
The rescues want the pet to get a GOOD home that includes a household that can afford the cost of taking care of them. If you cannot afford an adoption fee, then you probably cannot afford veterinary care, accessories, training and good food. The willingness to pay a fee shows your willingness to accept financial responsibility for the pet. It is expensive to rescue animals. The adoption or recovery fee charged by a rescue covers the cost of spay/neuter, rabies vaccines, distemper/parvo vaccines, de-wormings, dentals, grooming, etc. One veterinary bill can easily exceed $500.
· Can a rescue refuse to take your pet?
Yes. Pets are considered personal property and the law says you are responsible for maintaining and caring for your animal. The county run shelters are required to take animals but rescues can just say no.
Please don't call a rescue when you see animal abuse or neglect. Report this to the county run shelters. Animal Control personnel are the only people that have the authority to enter private property and inspect the animal conditions. Rescue volunteers are people just like you...they have no authority. Rescue volunteers can be arrested for taking someone's pet off their property. Call the county shelters if you are concerned about animal abuse or neglect. Please don't get upset with rescue volunteers when they tell you they cannot come out to take your neighbor's dog that is being abused.
Here is a good way to determine if you are working with a rescue or a county run animal shelter: 1) Private, usually non-profit organizations operate on donations and volunteers 2) County shelters like Animal Care and Control departments are funded by our tax dollars and are public tax funded facilities with employees.