Breeder Rescue Mission FAQ
Where are the breeder dogs coming from?
You don’t have to look far to find information about the bad conditions and inhumane treatment of dogs who are sold at dog auctions and/or pet stores. GRSF works to rescue and rehome breeding dogs (moms and dads) and puppies before being sent to dog auction, pet stores, or from imminent danger. Our goal is to help these dogs and puppies in need by finding them forever homes, where they will live their best lives as loved and cherished pets, members of the family. The majority of the dogs rescued are not coming from huge breeding facilities aka “puppy mills”. Most come from breeding farms, raised in barns or kennels. We rescue across the US through various states.
Can we come and meet the dog?
Because the dogs saved through the Breeder Rescue Mission are transported to Florida (normally a 2-day transport traveling though several states), meeting them in advance, is not possible. When they arrive, “adoption day” they are greeted by their family. It is “ideal” these sweet dogs are not moved from house to house…. Instead, their new family meets them and takes them “home” when they arrive on adoption day. If for any reason after the adopter takes the dog home and feels it is not the right fit, we ask the family to become a “foster” caring for until the dog is rehomed. As a foster the adoption donation is refunded.
What should I know about adopting a Breeder Mom or Dad?
The dogs have been cared for, interacting with the owners, the children on the farm and other dogs, however they were never a pet or a member of the family. Everything will be new….first time riding in a car, first time seeing a TV, hearing a radio….the sounds of the cars passing, different flooring, stairs, soft beds, even dog bowls will be new. Most have never walked on leash, instead left out in fields to roam, or kept in a kennel run. Breeder dogs are kennel trained; they know to “go” outside, so far everyone house training has not been an issue.
Most breeders complete their own shots and vaccines and only use a vet for medical emergencies. If timing allows, GRSF arranges a vet appointment to be brought up to date on vaccines and heartworm tested. The breeder dogs are not spayed or neutered. Some of the moms recently have had puppies, some may arrive during their heat cycle…Once they arrive and have settled/adjusted and the timing is right, their new families have them spayed/neutered. It is important to have them assessed within the first week of adoption by your veterinarian of choice. This not only establishes a veterinary relationship for the future, but it can also spot any underlying conditions such as parasites, worms etc. that is sometime unavoidable in breeder setting and dogs in transport.
When you adopt a breeder dog, you are creating a "new beginning"......so far every breeder dog that has come into our Rescue has been amazing. Some adjust quickly and some need more time. Understanding their background and knowing they will need time to adjust and feel safe is important.
When should I make a veterinary appointment?
Within the first few days of taking your puppy/dog home. Most breeders complete their own shots, vaccines and deworming, keeping a schedule of dates issued and use a vet for medical emergencies. If timing allows, GRSF arranges a vet appointment, however, it is important to have them assessed within the first week of adoption by your veterinarian of choice. This not only establishes a veterinary relationship for the future, but it can also spot any underlying conditions such as parasites, worms etc. that is sometime unavoidable in breeder setting and dogs in transport. Transport is stressful and puppies immune systems are young, therefore even in the best case scenario, it is not uncommon for puppies to have parasites and early treatment is key.
I was informed I will select my puppy from a "Litter Pick", what does this mean?
Getting good photos, individual photos is often very challenging. When we do not have individual photos of the puppies, the puppies are adopted via "litter pick". Adopters reserve either a male or a female from the litter. On adoption day, the family comes at the assigned time to pick their male or female puppy. Times are assigned based on: previous adopter, order of reservation, time preference. Although it has yet to happen, adopters who come to adoption day, if there is not a good “match”, GRSF will refund the deposit minus any fees.
I am not available to pick up my dog/puppy on adoption day – can you hold the puppy for me?
GRSF is a volunteer/foster based organization, we do not have a facility. It is ideal all dogs go home with their new family vs. moving home to home. In rare circumstances we can identify a foster for one night, however do not secure a multi-day dog sitter for adopting families. If a dog/puppy is not adopted on adoption day, they go home with a foster family and will be available for adoption.
When should I spay/neuter my puppy?
As part of the adoption contract, forever families agree to spay/neuter their puppy at the appropriate age. It is recommended that you wait until your Golden is at least 12-18 months old before spaying/neutering, studies show waiting to spay/neuter decreases the risks of certain health issues to include bone and joint abnormalities.
"We can't change their past,
but we can give them a golden future"