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This forum has been provided for new rescues or those previously unknown to Dogpages. We ask that all rescues give full details of themselves.

New rescues may be run by individuals or groups with differing levels of expertise in assessing and homing dogs. Potential adopters must ensure that any newly formed rescue they contact is able to meet their needs and be aware that new rescues may not have the resources of longer established rescues.

We ask all new rescues to be aware of their limitations and to home on a limited scale and strictly locally until they have greater experience. Please always make clear where any dog for adoption is located.

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post 17th Mar 2009, 5:16 pm
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We've created this forum for new rescues but is not intended to encourage anyone to start a new rescue.

We'd urge anyone, wherever possible, to always work within a larger well-established rescue, preferably a registered charity, rather than on their own or as a very small inexperienced group. The pooling of expertise and resources brings the maximum benefit to homeless dogs. The costs of homing, if done well, are very high and shouldn't be under-estimated. It doesn't benefit dogs if a new rescue operates to a lower standard than the best established rescues.

Please consider too the wider view of how your new rescue will assist the problem of dogs needing homes. A small rescue that takes only easily homed small dogs or appealing puppies may in reality contribute very little. Those dogs can easily be homed by established rescues and the normal donation received with the low costs involved helps provide funding for more difficult to home dogs and for expensive veterinary care. Taking the funding and homes that might otherwise have been available to established rescues could be unhelpful to those rescues and so, in the wider scheme, counter-productive.

If after long consideration you do decide to operate as a rescue then please gain experience before taking on too much. You need to have spare capacity to take any returned dogs and always work within your local area unless there is no other option. Shipping dogs from your area to one you know little of and nothing of local issues is often not in the best interests of dogs, especially if it undermines the more careful work of good, established rescues in that area.

So please work as part of a well-run established rescue whenever possible and only consider starting on your own if you are sure you can fill an un-met need to a high standard, not simply because you want to be "a rescue". Please, above all, place the welfare of all dogs, not just those dogs in your care, as the paramount consideration.

Once your dog has found a new home, please notify a forum moderator by PM with a link to your thread or by using the "Report" button. The link can be copied from the address bar of your browser.

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