The Different Types of Pet Rescue
There are many types of pet rescues, some are legitimate, others are scams. If you are forming an animal rescue, or are looking to get a pet from one, or give a pet to one, you need to be sure of some facts.
Pet Rescue Scams
"Pet Rescue" is often misused as a title by people who simply want to obtain cheap, or free, pets. This is very common in the exotic pet industry. For example if an advertisement is placed saying “Wanted, Sugar Gliders, rescue will take any unwanted pets”, this is NOT a rescue, it is a consumer looking for free pets.
No true pet rescue ever “wants” more animals, they simply take those who are unwanted and try to rehome them when possible, generally for a low fee. Rescues frequent operate at a financial loss and may have charity status for getting financial donations.
Legitimate pet rescues do not advertise that they "want" pets, rather they advertise that they have pets for adoption. You can also check their charity status, if they have none, they may be a scam rescue, simply a person (possibly a hoarder) looking for pets.
There are several breed specific rescues that specialize in rescuing one specific type of purebred animal, cats, dogs, or other. These groups accept purebred animals and try to rehome them. They are usually recognized by the registry associated with that type of animal.
Most reputable breeders have a contract when they sell a litter; and require any unwanted offspring to be returned to them. However there are always some cases when this is not possible, as when the dogs did not come from a reputable breeder, or when that breeder has passed away, this is where the breed rescues help.
Breed rescues are generally are not scams, like those listed above, because they try to find new homes for the animals they take in.
Non Profit Pet Rescues
Non Profit Pet Rescues are the most common type of rescue, most rescue both cats and dogs. Many also rescue small pets such as Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. The majority of their work is rescuing unwanted pets, or surplus animals and trying to find new homes for them. There are a few pet rescues that work to rescue horses and other animals.
There are two types of charity resuces, the No-Kill rescue, and the Open Admission pet rescue. The No-Kill rescue groups have the ability to refuse animals when they are full, while the other type of rescue is forced to euthanize pets when they are full. Both may also use foster homes to provide care for their pets in addition to cages, or rooms, in their facility.
Unfortunately often more pets are surrendered to their care than they can find homes for, and as such many rescues are forced to euthanize animals when they have a surplus, or to turn away other animals.
Non Profit Pet Rescues, also called Charity Pet Rescues do not pay money for accepting unwanted pets. Their goal is to find homes for the pets, and they “adopt”out pets at low rates, and may even ask a relinquish fee for owners surrendering their pets. Many take in strays and try to reunite them with their owners, failing this, they may try to rehome the pet, or make the decision to euthanize it.
Some examples of this kind of pet rescue are the SPCA, ASPCA, RSPCA, and the Humane Society.
Other Pet Rescue Facts
If a person finds a lost pet and takes it into their home, they are not rescuing it. They should call their local shelter and report finding the pet, as ideally it should be reunited with its' owner.
Taking a pet out of somebody's yard because you feel it is being neglected, is not rescuing it, it is theft. If a person feels an animal is not being cared for they need to call the proper authorities who will hopefully remove the animal.
Pet Rescues do screen potential new owners before allowing a pet to be adopted. They often have a fee, but it is low, they have the right to refuse potential adopters. An adoption involves adoption contracts.
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