Purebred Rescue

February 27th, 2007 by Kathleen

Purebred rescues are a wonderful solution for people who would love to have an “insert your favorite dog here”, but because of the prices for purebred dogs may feel owning one is out of their reach. Or sometimes a person, like myself, might prefer an adult dog so they don’t have to deal with the trials and tribulations of raising a puppy. Once again, look at a purebred rescue.

For example, I have a neighbor up the street from me who has Great Danes. Both came from a Great Dane rescue and she loves them dearly. Another example, I had a stray boxer show up at my house in the sticks. She was a beautiful dog but I just wasn’t up to taking another one. I called my local animal shelter and was told there was a Boxer rescue in the next state that could find her a home. As sweet as she was I’m sure she found a new home very quickly.

How do I Find a Rescue?

There are rescues for every sort of purebred dog. Some of these dogs may have been abused or abandoned. Some may have been surrendered because his original owner couldn’t care for him anymore. All of these dogs are looking for a forever home to call their own.

There is an adoption fee to ensure that the owner-to-be is serious and to help cover the expenses of taking care of these dogs, but the fee is, in most cases, less than purchasing a pup from a breeder. Normally these dogs are spayed or neutered just as is done in any animal shelter. They are checked by a veterinarian and any special needs are made known up front. Most rescues have a “return policy” stating that if for any reason you cannot keep the dog you have adopted, he is to be returned to the shelter.

When you contact a purebred rescue about adopting, they will have you fill out a detailed application. Please don’t feel like you are being interrogated by the FBI. The rescue needs these details to be sure that they place the right dog with the right owner. Some dogs need to be in a home with no children, or no cats. Some dogs may have special needs that a potential owner needs to be able to handle. So the application needs to be detailed to help the rescue find your perfect match.

Each rescue website will normally have pictures of the dogs who are looking for a new family to love. Here you will learn all about each dog, from age and sex to behavior traits and special needs. Often the more popular breeds will have a rescue in each state.

If you are looking for a specific breed, check out http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm from the American Kennel Club. You are sure to find what you are looking for.

Another Option

Also, check with local breeders. Many times a breeder will adopt out a dog that is no longer useful for their breeding program. It would be impractical for a breeder to keep every dog she has ever bred. Soon she would be over run with dogs that she would be unable to care for. There is nothing wrong with these dogs. They just need a forever home.

While this may not be a purebred rescue exactly, it is a way to adopt a purebred dog and avoid the usual craziness of a new puppy in the house. As an added benefit, you can feel good knowing that you have given a needy dog his forever home no matter which way that you go, a rescue or a breeder adoption. They seem to know that you have given them a new chance and they will thank you for it many times over with years of love and loyalty.

This is how we acquired our third dog, Billie. Billie is a Dogue de Bordeaux. She was used for breeding and was a wonderful mama. The policy of her kennel was to breed a dog three times. Then she was fixed and put up for adoption. When she was offered to us we had been told that she was bred. They had planned to retire her after that litter and we were asked if we wanted her. Of course we said yes.


She has adjusted well to her life as a house dog. She loves to be loved. I’m sure she didn’t get as much love and affection as she would have liked at the kennel. Most breeders don’t have time to spoil their dogs if they have a large operation. Fortunately for Billie, we have plenty of time for spoiling. Our other dogs love her as much as we do.

So if you are looking to add a new member to your family, decide what breed will be a fit for you. Then be sure to check out purebred rescues. You’ll be glad that you did.

5 Responses to “Purebred Rescue”

  1. Lin Says:

    Yes, definitely look into rescues!!! Not only purebred rescues, but there are all breed rescues as well. Rescues run out of foster homes, and the dogs are usually already housetrained, have some leash work, and other basic skills. Rescues are very picky about where the dogs go, making sure the dogs go to a good one! They don’t just have a return “policy”, they require you to return the dog if anything changes. They keep track of the dog for its lifespan, to make sure it does not end up abused, sitting in a shelter, or euthanized. Ive adopted from many rescues, foster for rescues, and volunteer for rescues. They are great, and provide better care than shelters. Shelters are still necessary (and I volunteer and foster for them as well), but honestly were started as a place for lost animals to find their owners, not for animals to be dumped and adopted out.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    I find also that, with a rescue, you know what you are getting. As you said, rescues use foster homes. These people know what it is like to actually live with the dog, as opposed to how the dog seems in a cage.

    While I feel it is important to find homes for shelter dogs, I have always been just a bit leary of adopting from one simply because the people there know very little of a dog’s individual history; and I am not very fond of surprises. :)

    Thank you for your comment.:)

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