Texalmal - What are Breed Rescue Organizations?
Purebred Rescue

Purebred rescues are groups or individuals that take in dogs and find them new homes. Most breed rescue organizations receive no or limited funding from official sources. The vast majority of rescue operating funds come from the personal "out of pocket" money of the rescue workers themselves, some private donations, and the donated time and effort of various individual volunteers. Rescue adoption fees rarely cover the true costs of any rescue. Demand for breed rescue is quite high, sometimes higher than the number of good adopters and often higher than the rescue workers can take in.

Breed rescue groups often fall victim to a great misconception about the rescued dog. Some potential new owners may fear adopting a rescued or adult dog because of this misconception. What misconception is this? The FALSE belief that rescue dogs will not make good pets or that something must be "wrong" with these dogs if they are in breed rescue! Well, there is nothing "wrong" with a dog simply because it found it's way into a breed rescue. The majority of the time, it was because there was something "wrong" with the dog's former owner.

The Rescued Dog

Many rescued dogs are "turn-ins" by their owners. Sometimes this is due to unforseen changes in the owner's lifestyle, but often because taking care of an adolescent or puppy is more work than the owner expected. Some dogs are found and turned in by "Good Samaritans". Most are "lost dogs" that have found their way into shelters for various reasons and are often rescued from the threat of euthanasia.  Occasionally rescues may come from puppy mill closures or when the dogs are no longer "useful" to the puppy mill. Regardless of where they come from, these dogs deserve a second chance at a new life.

Yes, rescued dogs can & DO make very good pets!  They will love you as much, bond to you as well, and be just as enjoyable as any other dog you may have owned. They may even be "better" dogs because they understand just how good it is to have a real home. And with an adult dog, it is easier to find the type of dog that you want to live with. Yes, you may miss the "cute" puppy stage.. but you will also miss the puppy problems and help save a dog's life. Sure, there will be adjustments to make as they settle into the rhythm of their new homes... but that is the same with any new pet you bring into your household.

Rescued dogs usually spend several weeks to months (occasionally even years!) in rescue, or foster care homes, waiting for their new family to find them. Reputable purebred rescues ensure that these dogs are given full health checks, spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and medical attention given to those in need of it. Their temperament and personality are evaluated to determine what type of home they will be suited for. Prospective adopters are screened for compatibility and home suitability to the dogs in rescue.

Finding a Rescue

Rescue groups and individuals are rarely listed in the local phone book. But there are still several ways you can find a rescue group in your area.

  • You may see the rescue group or their dogs advertised in the local or neighborhood newspapers.
  • Your veterinarian may have a breed rescue or breed club listing available.
  • Local Animal Control shelters and Humane Societies usually know who the local rescue contacts are.
  • Some pet supply stores sponsor "adoption days" for various rescue groups or can give you rescue listings.
  • Breed Specialty Clubs and All-Breed Kennel Clubs can direct you to the breed's national or local rescue group. (Most All-Breed Kennel Clubs are licensed with the AKC to sponsor local dog shows.)
  • Most national breed clubs or rescue organizations can be found on the internet. The national groups can direct you to a local breed club or rescue. Some local groups are also found on the web.
  • All-breed or Mixed Breed rescue groups can also help you find a pure-bred rescue.
  • If you can not find "your" breed rescue group, locate a similar breed's rescue group and they should be able to help you find the contacts you are looking for. (For example: Malamute & Siberian rescues usually know each other and often work together or help each other out.)

    Added Notes

    Please remember that there are many Alaskan Malamutes in need of finding new homes every day. Most Malamute rescue organizations are over-filled with dogs needing good owners. Maybe YOU are one of the owners the breed rescue, and their dogs, are looking for?

    Sometimes new dogs must be left in shelters to die or are turned away for lack of space. Rescue groups need help to find new homes for these dogs.. maybe YOU are the person who can help save one more life by offering to foster a dog, help with transportion, breed education, or becoming active in any number of ways.

    If you are interested in adopting an Alaskan Malamute, helping with malamute rescue, or know of a malamute who is in need of being rescued... PLEASE contact your local or national rescue organization!

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