ADOPTION / FOSTERING

White Shepherd

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"I have seen so much about Echo Dogs on this site that I went there just out of curiosity. I found my dog Sunny listed under North Carolina Whites needing to be adopted. She was at a women's home in Richfield in a less than perfect environment. Her previous name was Creamy. I have told this lady to take her off of her site, and she did say that right after I called to inquire about her, someone from a rescue group did also. Glad I was the lucky one but on the other hand I am glad that there are others out there who care.
She is mine now and I will be forever grateful."

Later
Jane - Sunny's Mom

THANKS JANE!
GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND SUNNY!!!!
:-) EDWSR

DON'T WANT YOUR DOG ANYMORE?

Thinking of surrendering your pet? If you are, then read info on the next two links below.

Please read the bad reasons why people surrender their pets first, then read, "How we can help you keep your pet".

ADOPTION / FOSTERING QUESTIONS?

Want to foster or adopt a dog? Read the info listed below, or, if you have any specific questions, contact us at: info@whiteshepherdrescue.org

FILL OUT AN ADOPTION APPLICAION

Adoption Applications are only approved to people that meet all of the requirements. We reserve the right to reject any application for any of the reasons listed below.

Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue is comprised of a network of volunteers who work towards taking unwanted or mistreated pets from shelters and/or abusive situations, and finding new, loving homes for them. We do NOT operate a shelter. Instead, we take these poor, deserted, mistreated animals into our own homes at our own expense. We feed them, give them the love, nourishment and comfort that they need to get healthy again, provide medical care out of our own pockets, and retrain them to trust humans again so that they will be adoptable.

Donations For Our Services*

If you have a WGSD and want us to find a home for her/him because you are moving, kids moved away, or any other reason such as those, then we need donations to help offset our expenses. See the suggested donations below:

1. You turn your pet over to our foster care ..................................................$100 (min., more if spay/neuter, heartworm treatment, or any other medical expenses are needed).

2. You are keeping your dog at your home until a new home is found, but you would like our assistance in finding her/him a new home, and your pet's photo and listing on our website.................$50

* EDWSR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductable.

If you wish to adopt a dog from us then you MUST be approved for adoption. You must fill out an application to be approved.

Standard Adoption Fee

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high cost of veterinary care, our
adoption fee will be raised to $250.00 as of January 1, 2005.

We have a standard adoption fee of ...............................................................$200

This fee helps defray the cost of our out-of-pocket expenses to care for each dog with food, medical expenses, grooming, transport, etc. And ensures that you adopt a healthy, happy dog. We now microchip and/or ID tag each dog we adopt out (depends on availability of the microchip where dog is being fostered).


Adopting a friend
Our adoption process includes a thorough application submission, including vet reference, personal references and a home visit prior to placing any dog. All approved adoptions are finalized with a legal and binding contract. Most of the dogs available for adoption through our organization are older puppies and adults. All of our dogs are current on vaccinations, free of external and internal parasites, heartworm negative and on preventative, and all are spayed or neutered prior to placement in their new homes. Young puppies are occasionally available for adoption, and will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption at our veterinarian. NO EXCEPTIONS! Please be aware that adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. More information about White Shepherds is available at: www.awsaclub.com/faq.htm

Here is a list of just some of the reasons we reject adopters:

  1. You must have a fenced yard or demonstrate that you can adequately exercise, contain and control the dog.
  2. Even if you have a fence or kennel, the dog cannot be left outside unsupervised for any long periods.
  3. Everyone in the household must agree on the WGS dog.
  4. Must own your home or, if renting, must have long term lease that states you can have a large indoor dog, and a letter from the landlord.
  5. Must have experience with German Shepherds or other large breed and/or register for obedience classes.
  6. Dog should not be left alone for long periods inside the home with no way to relieve itself.
  7. All other pets must be spayed/neutered. We do NOT adopt to people with intact animals that could possibly contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

 

INTERESTED IN FOSTERING A DOG FOR WHITE SHEPHERD RESCUE?

Fostering involves providing a safe, loving home for a dog until he/she gets adopted. The average foster time is about
1-3 months, depending. Sometimes dogs go very fast, sometimes they take a little longer and we really don't know why. Each dog is unique and special.

Fostering involves taking a scared dog from a kennel, (if the dog has not already been vetted at the kennel) taking him/her to the veterinarian for a physical exam, to be altered (if needed) tested for heartworm (HW) and treated if need be, treated for any other worms or parasites, and brought up to date (UTD) on all vaccinations.

All *approved vet expenses will be reimbursed so be sure to save the receipts so you can send them in to us for reimbursement.

This dog may not have ever lived inside a home and will need to be house trained and taught basic obedience commands such as sit, shake, come, no, etc. We do not allow adopters to keep a dog chained outside or kept outside in a kennel and not being allowed to be part of their family. Dogs are social (pack) animals and need to be a part of a group (pack, family), not left outside by themselves.

This dog may never have been socialized around too many people or other dogs or animals. It is your job as the foster parent to take him/her out on a leash into the real world and do specific tests with him/her. The most desired by adopters are house trained dogs who like car rides, good around other dogs, ok with new people, good with cats, kids, etc. (yes, they want a ready-made dog). So you need to find out how many of these things your foster dog is ok with so we know what to put in his/her bio next to the photo on our web page.

We will not lie about the dog, even it something is iffy, for example.... some dogs do not like men, some do not like kids, however, they may seem to act ok around "some" men or "some" kids, but we really do not want to chance it and say they can get along with some because we will just end up getting the dog returned over and over again finding out which they DO get along with, SO.... it's best to say the dog needs to be adopted by a woman, no small kids, etc. Getting the idea?

The dog will need food and a collar and heartworm prevention, etc. As long as you save receipts and send them to us, *approved purchases for the dog will be reimbursed.

All applicants for adoption must be approved homes. We are very picky about who our dogs will go to. We try our best to "match" people with dogs. You must see what your applicant's needs are, and do a vet check, reference checks, and home visit on each one. If you do not want to do this part, then we will have someone else do it for you.

All adopters must sign an adoption agreement and write a check for the full adoption fee upon adoption. No signed agreement and no check, no dog. Our adoption fee is $200 which helps us cover the veterinary costs, food, meds and accessories for all foster dogs, including microchip and buddy tag.

If you have any more questions, please let me know.

* Approved by National Director or Deputy Director ONLY.

Still interested?

FILL OUT A FOSTER APPLICATION (For fostering ONLY, not adoption)

Annmarie Mikelski
National Director / President
Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue



HELPFUL LINKS:

STARFISH STORY (revised for rescue)

DO YOU REALLY WANT A PUPPY?

CONSIDERING THE OLDER DOG

WHY AN OLDER DOG?

WHAT IS A RESCUE DOG?

RESCUE DOG Q & A

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM BREED RESCUE

MISCONCEPTIONS ON BREED RESCUE

LINKS ON RAISING A RESCUE DOG

RESCUE DOG PROBLEMS

BAD REASONS FOR GIVING UP YOUR PET

ADOPTION AGREEMENT

HOW TO FIND GOOD ADOPTERS

10 REASONS TO ADOPT A RESCUE DOG

10 REASONS TO ADOPT AN OLDER DOG

WHY ANIMALS ARE RETURNED TO RESCUES

PETS911.COM

DO YOU REALLY WANT A PUPPY?

CONSIDERING THE OLDER DOG

WHY AN OLDER DOG?

SUPPORT GROUP FOR PET LOSS

SECOND-HAND DOG

SPECIAL NEEDS OF RESCUE DOGS

ROVER TIMES TWO

TIPS FOR NEW DOG OWNERS

TIPS FOR YOUR NEWLY OWNED RESCUE

HELPING THE ABUSED DOG

TRAGEDY OF "FREE TO GOOD HOME"

CAN WE HELP YOU KEEP YOUR PET?

REHOMING YOUR PET

RELOCATION ANXIETY

FOSTERING A RESCUE DOG

TEMPREMENT EVALUATIONS IN RESCUE DOGS

MATCHING DOGS AND PEOPLE

LEARN SELF-ADOPTIONS

INTRODUCING A NEW DOG TO YOUR PETS

WHAT IS A RESCUE DOG?

LOW COST SPAY / NEUTERING

RESCUE BURNOUT

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