Thinking of buying a new furry friend to become a member of your household? If so, why not consider a rescue dog? Dog Rescue Newcastle believes that every dog deserves a second chance and that every dog, despite their past, has a forever family out there for them.
There are many dogs out there that, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned, neglected or abused. These dogs end up in the pound and are set a series of tests to see if they are suitable for re-homing. If they do not pass these tests then they are put down. Dog Rescue Newcastle and other rescue groups believe these tests are unfair to animals in stress and that many of these animals could be suitable for finding new homes and go on to lead happy lives with new owners who care for and value them.
Dog Rescue Newcastle was formed by Sue and Anne in 2008 and a growing community of volunteers have offered their support. You can tell these two love animals by the focus and energy they put into finding foster owners for these animals and finding the right owners to adopt. If you love animals you can keep in touch with other animal lovers at the Facebook page. At this link they announce fostering and adoption opportunities as well as other ways you can help.
How To Adopt a Dog
Visit the Website
To find a dog to adopt visit the Dog Rescue Newcastle website; there, you can browse the many dogs available and make a list of those that appeal the most and fit your family situation best. Listings include pictures of each dog and a short paragraph on their temperament. There is a dog there for every family and lifestyle including seniors and loud, active families,
Contact the Foster Carer
Contact the foster carer listed and ask any questions you might have about the dog. The foster carers are friendly and will do their best to answer any queries you might have. They might also ask you questions about your lifestyle to make sure that your home and lifestyle are suited to the dog in question.
Meet the Dog
This is a very important part of the process. The foster carer will give you an opportunity to meet the dog, which will allow you to get to know each other a little. Does he get along with you? With your partner? Your children? Your other pets?
Get a Yard Check
If you are happy with the first meeting a volunteer will then come to your house and do a yard check. This just makes sure your yard is secure and offers shade for the dog. They will also check your license to make sure you live at the address and ask you questions about how you plan to care for the dog. This is just to make sure you will be a responsible dog owner and the best fit for the dog.
Two Week Trial
This is the stage the dog comes to live with you and you get to know each other in your home environment. During the two weeks if it turns out the dog is not suited to you or your family after all he can be returned to Dog Rescue Newcastle. You are then refunded the amount you paid for the animal minus a fifty dollar administration fee.
What Next? If the two week trial period goes well, the dog is signed over to you and you live happily ever after. You have a loyal companion for life and the dog has a new lease at life. It's enough to make you have a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
Can't Take a Dog on Full-Time?
If you are not in the position to take on a dog for the long-term why not consider fostering? You can find out more about this at the Dog Rescue Newcastle website.
Thank you Rachel for helping us spread the word about Dog Rescue Newcastle and the wonderful joy you feel when you adopt a dog and know you saved his or her life. Monty is very lucky you gave him a second chance.