Nadine Tare

Hi, another rescuer checking in....Three other Hoflin members and I started New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network a little over 2 years ago.  Our group now boasts 20 members located throughout the northeastern US.  I feel privileged to be able to work with such a dedicated group of people.  Our group originally started helping people find new homes for their schnauzers via online contacts, and to this day, much of the work NJSRN does is via e-mail; several of us have never met in person.  You can see details about our rescue program on our website at http://www.njsrn.petfinder.org.

Basically, we get our dogs from shelters (strays or owner turn-ins) or owner give-ups (usually due to divorce, moving into a retirement home, allergies, death of owner, can't devote enough time to the dog, etc.).  We take each dog into foster care, and the dog is vetted, spayed/neutered, brought up to date on shots, checked for heartworms and intestinal parasites, and we take care of basic medical needs -- dental cleaning, cyst removal, etc.  We will also provide for major medical needs such as bladder stone surgery.  The foster home also does a temperament evaluation, and tests the dog with kids, cats, and other dogs if possible.  The dog is groomed prior to placement.

We screen adoptive homes carefully (an adoption application, including references, is required), and we do our best to make sure the dog is an appropriate match for the home -- we find good homes for our rescue dogs, as opposed to finding dogs for the people on our waiting list.  An adoption contract is signed, and the dog must be returned to rescue if it cannot be kept, at any time in the future.  We do follow-up, and help during the adjustment period.  We will take in any schnauzer (except for those with a history of biting), or a schnauzer-mix if it is under about 35 pounds and doesn't shed (or sheds minimally).  Our group re-homed about 85 schnauzers and schnauzer mixes in 1999, and facilitated the adoption (direct from owners or shelters) of several dozen more.  We have placed every dog we have taken into rescue, with the exception of 3 that had to be put down (one was vicious, and the other two were terminally ill).  We have found homes for dogs from puppyhood up to 15 years of age, although most of our rescues are middle aged.  We have placed blind dogs and several others with special needs.  We will not ship our rescues or do long distance adoptions, although we help with local area transport.  Our group covers NJ, NY, PA, CT, DE, MD and VA, and we coordinate with other schnauzer rescuers in surrounding states.  Our wish list?  Dedicated foster homes, people who can help with transport, more foster homes, additional vets willing to give a decent rescue discount, adoptive homes willing to actually *work* with a rescue dog and not expect it to be an "instant" perfect pet, foster homes, adopters who do not use tie-outs, electric fences, or allow their dog off leash in non-fenced areas, and, oh yes, did I mention foster homes?

Subject: Unscrupulous rescues
I think it is great that the List is considering making donations to rescue groups.  One word of caution, though--Just as there are disreputable breeders, there are also "rescue groups" that are not well-intentioned.  Please research a rescue group before sending a donation to make sure the group is legitimate.  A rescue group should be known to other rescue groups, shelters, local area dog clubs, or the national breed club.  Adoptions should include appropriate paperwork. Beware of a rescue that places dogs in new homes without appropriate screening, adoption applications, and adoption contracts, or that accepts dogs into the rescue program without signed surrender forms.  The rescue group should be there to provide support following an adoption, and should be willing to take a dog back if the adoption does not work out (many groups actually *require* that the dog be returned to them).  There was a "rescue group" in New York City that was nothing more than a big scam operation--they acquired puppies from who-knows-where (many appeared to have been stolen), then approached rescue groups to take in these poor puppies.  They had a very sad and convincing story (I know, because I was among those  they called!) about how they were $60,000 in debt because of all the rescue work they had been doing, and could the rescue group please reimburse them for this puppy--to the tune of several hundred dollars!  The police are after them now.  Despite how obvious this scam seems, I know of people who actually gave money to these crooks.  So, like anything else, please do your research first--to paraphrase, donator beware!

Nadine Tare
Tare Miniature Schnauzers
and New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network: http://www.njsrn.petfinder.org
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