Friday, 30 March 2012

Dog Rescues - re-homing a rescued dog. Guest Post by Dr. Susan Wright.

When an organization makes a rescue, whether it’s one dog whose owner has passed away or a slew of dogs being hoarded and treated cruel, they all have one thing in common - they need a second chance in life. These dogs need someone who will love and care for them for the remainder of their life. These animals need to be re-homed.

What is Re-homing?
Re-homing a dog a process of finding a suitable owner and home where they will be properly cared for and engage in a new life that provides them security and love. Most often rescued dogs have endured a life many would never wish upon any animal, yet alone a human being. Rescued dogs have been mistreated in some way, whether they were abandoned, neglected, abused or confined to unfit living conditions. This type of treatment to an animal can really affect its behavior and confidence and may result in some serious behavioral issues.

Are Rescued Dogs Safe?
Though rescued dogs will more than likely have some behavioral issues, whether it is trusting humans, anger or shyness, most often, rescued dogs have been evaluated and worked with by professionals that have deemed the dog to be safe for a new home. However, if you are considering taking on the responsibility of adopting a rescued dog you should be aware of everything you are signing up for. Taking ownership of a dog is a big undertaking and will require a lot of time, money and effort. Especially, when taking in a dog that has had a less than perfect life up until now. When adopting a rescued dog it is more important than ever to make sure you are in the relationship for the long haul. The dog needs to trust and be dependent on their new owner, someone they can feel confident and
secure with.
How are Dogs and Homes Matched?
Rescue organizations want to ensure possible owners are ready for the commitment of owning a special needs dog by making interested families undergo a series of steps and compatibility matching. Most often they are requested to fill out an application, usually associated with a fee, as well as a lifestyle questionnaire to help determine the type and breed of dog most suited for the family, as well as even a series of home visits to ensure adequate living conditions, followed up by visits once the dog is placed to ensure everyone is adjusting appropriately.

Re-homing a rescued dog allows an animal that has lost his will, know that he is loved. The dog can begin living the type of life he deserves. Rehoming focuses on rehabilitation. Adopting an abused dog is helping take a stance in the movement of humane treatment of animals and caring for these God-made creatures. There are so many dogs that need a home that is filled with care and love to help them become the dogs they were made to be, loyal, loving and dedicated to their owners, man’s best friend.
Image Credit Donated in Support of Indiana Animal Protection League

Dr. Susan Wright is an author, a wireless dog fence expert and a veterinarian. Susan writes informative articles on the health and care of dogs.