German Shepherd rescue organizations are an essential alternative to a dog pound or shelter for owners who for whatever reason, must give up their dogs. Other people are incapable of living up to the responsibility they agreed to take on after adopting a dog. That is how the world winds up with abused and abandoned German Shepherds. Fortunately for the dogs, German Shepherd rescue organizations are able to find loving homes or foster homes for these abandoned animals.
There are few factors to consider when selecting a rescue center. These are:
- Find out whether or not the rescue centre has a relationship with a vet. There is always some sort of medical assistance available to the abused/abandoned animal.
- Find out if the rescue centre you are considering has a relationship with a breeder. In some situations, breeders can take abandoned/abused animals and find them new homes. Ask about any breeders they may deal with and ask about their success in having breeders place abused pets in new homes.
- It is also important to know if the German Shepherd rescue centre you are choosing has a relationship with local law enforcement. GSD’s are the preferred dog of law enforcement officers and can become police dogs that are cared for very well.
A good German Shepherd rescue will work very closely with each dog in their care and take time to get to know the dog’s preferences and quirks. For personal owners, a good German Shepherd rescue will never let you adopt a dog immediately. A lot of paperwork is required to be filled, they ask for letters on your character written by your vet which will answer a lot of questions about your dog information. If there is a German Shepherd rescue that will ship the dog to you without any questions this should raise a lot of questions.
Every German Shepherd rescue dog should take obedience training classes following adoption. The classes can provide an enjoyable experience for owner and dog and a great way to start off the bonding period. It is also as good idea as most of these German Shepherds probably do not have much training to date.
Naturally, German Shepherds craves leadership, and your dog will be satisfied when you assume the responsibility for leadership in your relationship. To keep the dog’s energy in balance, discipline, training and sufficient exercise is extremely important especially for a German Shepherd.
If you want to adopt a German Shepherd rescue dog, get in touch with your local German Shepherd rescue centre to find out what is available and what personality traits might be right for you. The center will match you with a dog and place the dog temporarily in your foster care to see how you and the dog will get along. In most cases you will be required to pay a fee fit with the age and health of the dog you adopt.
Charging adoption fees reinforces the commitment inherent in adopting a dog and excludes potential adopters who are not willing to make personal sacrifices.