Ontario Weimaraner Rescue & Assistance – OWRAssist

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    Why Rescue a Dog?

    When you adopt a rescue dog, you save a life. It’s just that simple.

    As a pure breed rescue, we take pure-bred dogs out of animal shelters and place them in foster homes while we facilitate adoption. In other cases, owners who need to surrender their Weimaraner will contact us directly so that they are not forced to leave their dog in a shelter that has limited space and resources.

    When you rescue a dog that is safely living in a foster home, you’re not only saving his life but also the life of the next dog who takes his place in the shelter system. Shelters only have room for so many dogs. Yet, every day, more and more arrive. To make room, dogs are euthanized. Sometimes, shelters try to place their dogs in rescues before they take this drastic action but as more dogs arrive, they have little choice. To allow overcrowding in the shelter is a form of animal cruelty in itself.

    Dog rescues regularly visit animal shelters to take as many dogs as they can out of this risky situation. These organizations are funded purely by donations and out of their own pockets. We have all our dogs examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, brought up to date on their vaccinations, and microchipped.

    The benefits of a rescue dog

    There are many advantages to adopting a rescue dog.

    1. You know the dog before you adopt.

    The foster system is a great method for homing dogs. Not only does the dog get to live in a quiet loving home while he awaits adoption, but the foster “parents” provide basic house training as well as a thorough evaluation of the dog. Potential owners may want to know if the dog is good with children, cats or if they have any special needs or character traits. All dogs are unique and when you get a dog as a puppy you have no real sense of “who” they are going to be. When you adopt an older dog who has lived with someone for a while, you get a much better sense of the dog you are committing yourself to.

    2. Older dogs are less work than puppies

    The majority of dogs in rescue are 2 years or older. Puppies are a lot of work. They are a blank slate and must be taught everything. They don’t have any house manners at all, they need to be housebroken, and they chew positively anything they can reach. On top of all that, they miss their mommies and littermates and cannot be left alone for long. They cry for their lost family and the amount of attention they need is not unlike having a small child in your house.

    If needed, rescue dogs are taught house manners while in foster care. They know or are taught their basic commands and are all housebroken. Many fosters even crate train their dogs.

    But, if you have your heart set on having a puppy, many puppies come into our rescue too.

    3. Responsible dog owners give their dogs to rescues

    When owners must give up their dog, the ones that ensure their dog is going to a rescue are often the ones that have provided a loving and stable environment for their dog. In other words, these dogs are generally well socialized and well behaved. Circumstances that lead up to surrendering of a pet are usually life-based such as a new baby, new job, or having to move out of the country. It is rarely because the dog had behavior issues that it finds itself in a rescue. These are great dogs just waiting to be loved.

    4. Rescue dogs are more appreciative

    It is traumatic for a dog to be re-homed. The act of suddenly being without their pack is disorienting to a dog. In a noisy shelter, filled with smells and the agitation of surrounding animals, their anxiety increases. When offered the chance to be in a loving quiet home, these dogs are extremely appreciative. So relieved to have a new pack, they live to please.

    Raising a dog from a puppy, however, can be a different story. They are more likely to challenge your authority, never knowing what it is like to have to fend for themselves.

    5. Rescue dogs come fixed and with all of their shots

    We charge in the neighbourhood of $500 for adoptions. This is to cover the money spent on veterinarian bills but the truth is it costs far more than that to have a dog spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If you were to adopt a dog as a puppy, you should expect to pay $500+ just in added vet bills. To buy a pure breed Weimaraner from a reputable breeder costs anywhere from $1,000-$3,000.

    6. Pure breed dogs are in rescue too

    People’s circumstances change and sometimes they need to give up their dogs, even dogs they spent $1000+ on in the first place. Just because a dog is in rescue, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have great breeding.

    Also, consider that if you love a particular breed of dog, isn’t it more rewarding to give a homeless pure breed dog a great life with you than to buy from a breeder just so it comes with a certificate?

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