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UPDATE~ FREDDIE AND DOTTIE have been here with us at SSCR for several weeks, and neither dog has had one email inquiry. Let me tell you why.. (and this is Frustration #101 in dog rescue work)... If you click on the link at the bottom of SSCR's Petfinder homepage to browse the animals that have been adopted over our 10 year history, you will see that the vast majority are smallish, young, longer haired.. cute.. fuzzy. The reason? That is the kind of dog our adopter base here in this area supports. Take a look at Dottie and Freddie. Their hair is shorter.. they are nothing overly special in the glamour department.. and so they sit.. without inquiry. Can I just tell the world, though, that both of these dogs have STELLAR personalities and would make the right family a NEAR PERFECT pet! Yes, each dog has a couple of "issues", but by-and-large, both of these dogs have ALOT going for them. DON'T get me wrong.. I am ever so grateful each and every day for the wonderful amazing adopters who do cross our path each year, but, if ONLY more people would step out of the "cute and fuzzy" box now and then and consider a "plain Jane or John"! Rescuers' lives would be revolutionized! Instead, we have to be "careful" about planning the intake of our dogs so that we don't end up having " long-timers" who just sit and sit with no interest. That is called "Cherry Picking" in rescue circles, and while I hate it because there are so many dogs in need, it is a sad reality of what we are forced to do so that we can keep moving dogs through to adoption. I have NOTHING but 1000% respect for rescuers who bravely throw the "cherry-picking" mentality out the window and simply help those dogs that are in need, irregardless of their outward appearance. Don't forget.. the inside of a dog is almost always more important than the outside of a dog!
This is Dottie. She is a 3 year old female who is about #25. She is a mystery breed. She has the coloring of possibly a border collie, but her size and shape is more like a beagle. She also has some black dots, ( thus her name) that might make one think of a spaniel type dog. Nevertheless, Dottie has the softest fur and the kindest heart. She has been here in our rescue yard with Olaf and Freddie, and the three of them have cohabitated very well. Dottie was a bit shy and skittish with us when she first arrived, but that is all history now that she has been here for more than a week. With this in mind, though, we are looking for adopters who will understand the vital importance of keeping a newly adopted rescue dog safe, especially during the first weeks of adoption. Nothing is worse than a newly adopted rescue dog that runs away or gets lost because they are scared. Dottie would make a good family pet but because of her initial shyness, we prefer kids over 10. We also prefer a safely fenced yard. Leashwalking might be considered, but only if the home is in a quiet neighborhood.. PLEASE NOTE ~ SSCR gives preference to applicants who have safely fenced yards and who are located within a 2 hour driving radius of the 17331 zip code. Please visit our Petfinder home page to read more about our fencing and adoption policies and procedures.
FYI~ If a dog is marked PENDING on our petlist, it means that the dog is currently in the midst of a 2 week trial period with an adoptive family.
FENCING~ If you own your own home, we will ONLY adopt to you if you have secure outdoor fencing or if you can commit to leashwalking your pet 100% of the time. We will NOT adopt to homes that tether dogs to outdoor lines or allow them to roam freely outside while unleashed. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule! Also, we do not adopt to homes with underground electric fencing. We will also consider (on a case by case basis) apartment and condo dwellers who have no yard but must rather leash walk their dogs 100% of the time.
HOME VISITS~ Because we require a home visit for our adoptions, we prefer to adopt to homes which are within a 2 hour's driving distance from the 17331 zip code. Please visit www.mapquest.com to see if your location qualifies. If you are located more than 2 hours from us, please email and we will share our long distance adoption requirements / policies with you.
Our ADOPTION PROCESS includes the following steps:
1~ You email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat
2~ We send you our online Adoption Application
3~ You complete and return the Adoption Application
4~ We check your vet and personal references, and if approved, we continue with the adoption process
5~ We schedule and conduct a home visit and you meet with the dog
6~ If both parties are in agreement after the home visit, you sign the Adoption Contract and start a 2 week trial period with the dog
7~ At the end of the 2 week trial period, the adoption is either successfully finalized or the dog must be returned to our rescue for a full monetary refund
WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY~OPERATED RESCUE WITH 501(c)3 NON~PROFIT STATUS. OUR ADOPTION DONATIONS ARE USED EXCLUSIVELY TO DEFRAY VETTING AND RESCUE EXPENSES. SUGGESTED DONATIONS ARE BASED ON THE AGE OF THE DOG.
0 to 5 years ~ $350
5 years and older ~ $250
If you should happen to peruse our dog list and find that you are NOT interested to the point of contacting us further for more information, please take a moment and send a short email to email@example.com before you move on to other sites to let us know why our dogs did not suit your situation. Was there something in our adoption requirements for which you did not qualify, such as location or outdoor fencing? Were our pet bios too vague with not enough information? Are you looking for better pictures or videos of dogs before making initial contact with a rescue? Is our adoption donation out of your financial reach? Does our adoption process seem too difficult or confusing to you? Are you looking for a smaller or larger dog? Older or younger? By sending us a brief explanation of your thoughts, you will be helping us to better understand and serve the people who visit our website and are searching to adopt a rescue dog. We try our very best to help our adopters find the perfect match for their families, so please assist us in better serving you!!!! THANK YOU!
*A Footnote to Adopters:* "Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything. Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person." ~Diane Morgan, animal lover and rescuer
"Baggage" ~ A Poem
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed, all nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I'd like to open my baggage lest I forget.
There is so much to carry - So much to regret.
Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top. Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss;
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave, I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me, but I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things - And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack? To put away my baggage, to never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see, but I do come with baggage –
Will YOU still want ME?
Evelyn Colbath "Baggage" © 1995 Evelyn Colbath. All rights reserved.