May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day!

By: Ashlie Kuehn

May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day! Millions of dogs find themselves in shelters or rescues in the United States each year. National Rescue Dog Day brings awareness to these loveable pups looking to find their forever homes.

What is a rescue dog, and where do they come from? 
Generally, a rescue dog is an animal seeking a new home through a rescue or shelter. Rescue dogs come from various circumstances, such as owner surrender, homeless as a stray, overpopulated shelter, and more. Unfortunately, many dogs needing rescue are there through no fault of their own. While some may have a sad or traumatic past, with the affection and care of a loving home, rescue dogs have proven time and time again to make wonderful companions!

What happens to rescue dogs once they’re a Ruff Starter? 
Many rescues, including Ruff Start Rescue, are foster-based, meaning they rely on volunteers to open their homes to animals waiting for their forever families. While each person is unique, so is each rescue animal. Foster homes are essential for caring for each animal and learning about their needs to find a great adoptive home! While fostering is free, Ruff Start provides the animal with all necessary veterinary care, spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccines, supplies, and food while the animal is in our care.

I’m ready to adopt a rescue! What is the adoption process like?

  1. The first step toward adopting a rescue dog is filling out an adoption application. This shows the rescue that you’re interested in an animal and allows you to connect with the foster home.
    2. Next, the animal’s foster home will reach out to discuss the pet you are interested in. They can help answer any questions you may have and schedule a meet and greet. Rescues understand that not every animal is compatible with every home, so conversations and education are essential to learn more about an adopter and work to find a great fit.
    3. If it’s decided adoption is the best next step forward, it is time to complete the adoption contract and submit payment for the adoption fee. These fees support the cost of each animal we rescue.
    4. Finally, you’re ready to bring your new pet home!

How can I help rescue animals? 
One way to celebrate and help rescue animals is to consider opening your home through adoption or foster! If you’re unable to adopt or foster, there are still plenty of ways to offer support.

You can donate your time by volunteering at a local rescue, learning more about animal rescue and educating others, or spreading awareness by tagging #NationalRescueDogDay on social media!  National Rescue Dog Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate these wonderful animals and show the world how great rescue pets can be!