Breed Rescue Organizations: Adopt Your Next Purebred
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Most people understand the importance of adopting dogs rather
than purchasing one from a breeder. Unwanted dogs are overwhelming the animal
shelter system across the nation and as many as 670,000 abandoned dogs will be
euthanized every year. Many of these dogs thrive when given a loving second
chance home, and many people who have had positive experiences with pet
adoption will adopt several pets over the course of their lives.
That being said, many people are hesitant to adopt mixed breed
dogs because they have specific needs or requirements that may or may not be
met by a dog with mixed heritage, often difficult to know before bringing the
dog home for a trial run. In an effort to make sure that a new furry member of
the family is more likely to be a good fit, many people resort to purchasing a
purebred dog from a responsible breeder. However, there is another option.
What many folks are not aware of is that most breeds have specific rescue organizations dedicated to rehoming purebred dogs to appropriate homes. This article will give you a guide to exploring if breed rescue organizations may be a good choice for your next purebred dog.
How do breed specific rescue organizations work?
Most breed rescue organizations are run strictly through the
efforts of volunteers who love the breed. Many of these volunteers are experts
on the breed including their training, exercise, and lifestyle needs. They
often participate in fostering several dogs each year and develop a very strong
sense of the individual needs that each dog in their care has as well as the
ideal home where they will thrive.
These organizations are often funded through adoption fees to cover the veterinary costs incurred during their foster period, averaging $100 -$300 according to the AKC. In addition, private donations from lovers of the breed, and indeed even many AKC breed clubs, helps to make up the difference and fund outreach and educational efforts.
Many purebred dogs find their way to breed rescue clubs either by
being surrendered directly to them, or by being selected from animal shelters
that would otherwise euthanize them. For example, many owners surrender a dog
because of a move, a change in financial or health situation, or just a poor
fit with their lifestyle needs.
What are some of the pros and cons of adopting through a breed rescue
Let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages and potential
disadvantages of looking for a purebred dog to adopt through a rescue
- Get the breed you want. Although
individual dogs within any breed have their own individual personalities, there
are certain traits that are more common in certain breeds, allowing adopters to
have greater control over making sure they are a good fit for their lifestyle.
- Save money. Although there will be
adoption fees, they are generally at or below the cost of the veterinary care
such as routine vaccinations or spay/neuter costs that are incurred by
responsible dog ownership under any circumstances.
- Know special needs in advance. Since most
breed rescue organizations use a foster system to keep their dogs while they
await forever homes, they have been observed in a household environment by
people who understand the breed and common issues they may have. Thus, you can
know in advance in most cases what, if any, behavioral or health issues you may
be taking on before you adopt.
- Give a loving dog a second chance. One of
the biggest perks of rescuing a dog is that you have the benefit of knowing
that you have provided a good home to a dog that was in need of a loving
- Puppies are rare. If you have your heart
set on a puppy, it can be hard to find a puppy up for adoption in the exact
breed that you are looking for. This is because often dogs are surrendered
after they are adults. However, if you don’t mind getting on a waiting list, then
you may get lucky.
- They may lack papers. If you are looking
to take your purebred rescue dog to the competition ring, breed rescue may not
be the best option. Most dogs that are in the breed rescue system may have pure
bloodlines, but they often lack the proper paperwork to establish them with
confirmation organizations such as the AKC.
- You may have to travel to get your dog.
If you are not lucky enough to have a breed rescue group in your area, you may
have to travel further to pick up your dog than the local shelter or a nearby
How can I find a specific breed rescue organization near me?
These days there are a lot of ways to find the right breed
organization for the breed or breeds you are most interested in. Here are a few
of the best ways:
Try an online search for [breed] rescue [your state]. For
example, if you are looking to find a greyhound rescue group near you and you
live in Florida, you can search for “Greyhound rescue Florida” to find nearby
Most rescue organizations these days have an online presence with
a page that you can find on social media sites such as Facebook.
Pet Adoption Websites
Pet adoption websites such as Petfinder allow you to search nearby dogs up for adoption by breed type. In most cases, breed rescue organizations realize the power of these types of adoption sites and work hard to make sure their available dogs are easy to find by breed type.
All breeds registered with the AKC have an online presence and
contact information through the American Kennel Club website. You can reach out
to breed clubs to learn more about what rescue organizations are working hard
to protect the welfare dogs of that breed type.
In many cases, your local animal shelter is a wealth of
information about the rescue organizations that they partner with in your
immediate area. In addition, many also have a page on Facebook that includes
updates on new dogs that arrive in the shelter each week. Since many purebred
dogs are surrendered to such shelters, you may find that you are able to find
the perfect canine companion for your needs without even having to go through a
breed rescue organization.
About the Author: Sharon is a professional writer and received her M.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 10 years.