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After the last heartbreak... seeking advice FIRST

Sheriffmom
November 23rd, 2004, 07:22 PM
Hi Guys,
After having our last adoption fall through at the last minute due to questionable rescue.... I am doing my research first!!! I do have a couple of questions for you all, as I am still a Newbie with the whole rescue thing.
I found a listing on petfinder in NY state (western), I live within 40minutes of there.... but I am in Ontario....
The rescue is called "Paws of Gold Pedigree Feline Rescue" however they also have numerous dogs listed on Petfinder. The adoption price is $450US for a Boston Terrier. (not sure re spay or vetting... but will find out for sure before I proceed any further!!)
I am also going to read up on how to find the right rescue, and make sure it is actually a rescue... I believe it is on this site somewhere....
Any input, comments, advice is very much appreciated..... I am not walking into this one blinded by my heart!!LOL
Thanks in advance

Lucky Rescue
November 23rd, 2004, 07:59 PM
I"m kind of curious about their adoption fees. They say the purebred puppies/dogs are 450.00$ yet for a mixed breed, they say:

Brock is a Boston Terrier/ Corgi cross male puppy, adorable and very handsome! His adoption fee is $350 due to the cost of rescuing him

I don't understand that.

lil_kirk
November 23rd, 2004, 08:06 PM
Will they let you adopt even though you are from Canada? Many orgs in the US seem to want to keep the dog within the state...

Sheriffmom
November 23rd, 2004, 08:07 PM
Lucky.... there are a few things that are making me extra cautious. One being what you just pointed out, the second being on their adoption form is says "do you plan to have your new pet spayed/neutered", third- they ask why you want to adopt and give a few eg's (pet, companion, gift, breeding). Now, this could just be to weed ppl out.... but ??????? I'll keep you informed.
PS Lucky Rescue, what do you rescue? Sorry, I was just being nosey!!

Sheriffmom
November 23rd, 2004, 08:11 PM
Lil' They say because we are so close to the boarder, they will consider us, if we are willing to drive up to meet them.... I don't know what they will do in regards to home visit, but that will be a question I ask...

I have another question..... Should I be looking more in SPCAs for our new addition?? Wouldn't they be more at risk, and kept in a more stressful environment then a rescue dog? I see a lot of the rescues have "foster families", so at least they are being loved and cared for.... what about the SPCA dogs though? Any comments/ advice.... putting me in my place!! LOL

BoxerRescueMTL
November 23rd, 2004, 08:35 PM
Should I be looking more in SPCAs for our new addition?? Wouldn't they be more at risk, and kept in a more stressful environment then a rescue dog? I see a lot of the rescues have "foster families", so at least they are being loved and cared for.... what about the SPCA dogs though? Any comments/ advice....

i know that we (boxer rescue canada in montreal), save alot of boxers from the spca when they are going to be euthanized. usually this is due to their age (not even that old!)and some fixable health problems. we pick them up, get them vetted, place them in foster homes and get them healthy before being adopted out. even tho our dogs are in foster homes, we still need to adopt them out because we (and rescues in general) never have enough foster homes. the more dogs we adopt out, the more dogs we are able to take in and save, whether it's from the spca or anywhere else. i guess what i'm trying to say is either way, you're saving a life. just try to find a reputable rescue/shelter and the perfect poochie for you!
hope i helped...
crystal and vegas my boxer love of my life :love:

lil_kirk
November 23rd, 2004, 08:39 PM
Some information that may help people help you!

Do you have a preference of what kind of dog you are looking for? Are you loooking for an adult or a youngin? Are you willing to take on a dog with medical needs or special needs? Are you seeking a small breed or large breed?

This information may help people answer your questions or even direct you to rescues in your area (or within driving distance) where your future furbaby is waiting!!!

Good luck :) :crazy:

LL1
November 23rd, 2004, 08:39 PM
Seems like quite a few purebred pups for a feline rescue. And very high amounts for ones that aren't altered (I see some are altered).

You're right, shelter dogs are more at risk, you could try your local shelters and pounds, there are alot of dogs being euthanized in Ontario. There are also alot of dogs in foster homes or in kennels in rescues, are you looking for only BTs and BT crosses, or would other breeds and crosses be ok? You can find almost anything here.

If you want to check this place out further, I would call their local humane societies and SPCAs, and ask if they release animals to them. Also if there are complaints on file, that kind of thing. If they don't want to say, which is rare, you could ask someone in rescue to do the asking. They are usually very forthcoming about this kind of stuff, and can tell you who to watch or for if they are aware of concerns, and which rescues are great to deal with. You may also want to ask the rescue where the pups come from and about the question Lucky posed.

Lucky Rescue
November 23rd, 2004, 08:43 PM
Of course if animals are in foster homes, their temperaments and personalities etc (good with kids, cats, other dogs) would be known.

If you want to adopt a dog from a shelter, I suggest you take the time to get to know it by visiting, taking it for short walks or whatever the shelter allows.

If you really want a Boston, you'll be hard pressed to find one in a shelter, but of course it's possible. I believe a shelter may put you on a list and will call if your breed of choice comes in..?

It's a fallacy that shelter animals are in some way defective. Most of them are there because they are dumped for not being trained, chewing, shedding too much, getting "too big" or owners are moving, having a baby, got allergies, too busy, and blah blah.

Yes of course shelters are very stressful for animals, but a dog with a stable temperament should be able to overcome it, unless it's been there for a very long time which may cause some behavioral problems. Sometimes all they need is a home of their own and security.

Lucky Rescue, what do you rescue?

Cats mostly but dogs once in awhile. Or rabbits.:p Anything that is in need really, if we have a place for it.

lil_kirk
November 23rd, 2004, 08:48 PM
I'm not sure if you are interested, but there are a number of Jack Russell Terriers in need of forever homes. If this link works it will take you to all of the doggies listed on Petfinder from this rescue.

http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=1&pet.Shelterid=ON134

JRT are similar to Boston Terriers in that they are of the same line---Terriers---they are diggers, hunters, prey driven and are very active.

SarahJane
November 23rd, 2004, 08:51 PM
I would have a Russell in a second if I was a SAHFM (Stay-At-Home-Fur-Mommy) ;)

They are too hyper to be left alone for hours at a time, and sadly I work 9-5... :sad:

Lucky Rescue
November 23rd, 2004, 09:05 PM
Yes, JRTs and Bostons are both terriers, but Bostons used to have "Bull" in their name, and they are a little more on the bulldog side with regards to temperament and personality.;)

mastifflover
November 24th, 2004, 08:28 AM
I agree big difference between JRT's and Bostons. JRT's are just to active to be left alone if you work. Bostons have a more laid back demeanor not that they arent active but not compared to a jack. I have not dealt with any recuses in the states except the MCOA and they only do mastiffs. But if you would like I could ask some of the people from there if they know or have heard anything about the rescue Paws of Gold Pedigree Feline Rescue.

Sheriffmom
November 24th, 2004, 11:16 AM
Hi guys.... We are not "breed-specific", just looking for a doggie that not only fits with us, and our lifestyle, but that we fit with him/her too!!
I've been "trolling" petfinder, registered with Boxer rescue and Bulldog rescue, our local SPCAs know us (we are supporting members, and make trips at least once a month with toys, treats, blankets etc... As an aside... everytime we pick up something for our puppy Sheriff, we also get soemthing to take to the shelter, so at the end of every month we do "shelter rounds" without having to outlay a lot of $$)
We live in townhouse/condo, that won't be fenced in till the spring, but the "common area" is fenced (all the dogs in the neighbour hood play together there).
We are in no hurry to get a brother/sister for Sheriff, as we believe in forever, and want to make sure that all parties involved are happy, and that it is right for all of us!! LOL
We would like a doggie under 80lbs, but smaller is probably better. I have no aversion to special needs dogs, blind, deaf, epileptic whatever as long as we are the right family for that dog.
In terms of cosmetics, I am partial to all white dogs, or brindle coloring, and I really like the "pushed in nose" style (boxer, bully, BT) however, those are just cosmetics, and if the right doggie comes along and is blackwith a 2ft long snout well then so be it!! LOL
Anywya, the reason for this thread, originally was to ask about this feline rescue group.... I am still researching, but will keep you all posted. Thnaks BTW BoxerRescue, for putting the rescue/SPCA question into perspective. Your right, any adopted dog, will help save a life!!
Any othere advice/ opinions etc... is greatly appreciated, and thoroughly read!! Thanks in advance.

lil_kirk
November 24th, 2004, 11:29 AM
If you like the smushed noses maybe you'd like a pug? I know that Peachy Pugs had two pugs available just recently. One was an eight year old in fine health and the other I believe was three with only 30 per cent vision in one of his eyes.

Pugs are great dogs---one of my personal favourites.

http://www.peachypugs.com/available.html

Aren't they just precious? :D

MIA
November 24th, 2004, 03:48 PM
http://www.greatdanerescueinc.com/look_for.html

http://www.naiaonline.org/body/articles/archives/rescue.htm

No reputable private rescue will adopt a dog out unfixed (unless very young pup but even then some wait and do it). The dog should be fully vetted which you should get copies of all the work done on the dog. It should all be open and honest. Also they will be keen to check you out.

I volunteer for a North American wide rescue and many of the US reps will adopt to Canadians.

There are not so reputable rescues out there, just like bad breeders, it's buyer beware no matter what you do.

:eek:

Sheriffmom
November 25th, 2004, 01:49 PM
Just wondering... specifically about "Paws of Gold" has anyone heard of them? Positive? Negative? I will try and do everything Lucky suggested in one of her threads, as I do not wish to support a broker, BYB, Puppymill etc... I am willing to wait for the right dog, and from the right rescue/SPCA. Just looking to see if anyone has heard anything about this specific rescue... PM me if youd like... I just want to have as much research/facts and ideas, to make a wise and informed choice.
Thanks again.
:)

PS- MIA, Thanks for the links, I checked them out.... I appreciate all the help I can get!!! :thumbs up

mastifflover
November 25th, 2004, 02:03 PM
Pming you....