Hey everyone, I’m fixing to adopt a particular breed of dog and was referred by a friend to an organization called D.C. Shiba Inu Rescue. Has anyone out there heard of (or, for that matter, volunteered with) this outfit?
Hi Tom, I have zero experience with the rescue group. I would look at the group’s policies per help with issues after adoption, ability to return if things don’t work out, if they require proof of previous veterinarian, a home visit, etc. Some groups are too lenient and give dogs away with (in my opinion) very little pre checking and post followup. But that does not mean that group isn’t a good group. Just has less review of the adopter than I would like.
Okay….that being said. Are you settled on a shiba inu? They can tend to be very protective – as in bite a close by person or dog. At least, that is my experience with about four different dogs in different settings/times/etc. But…..I am not a dog expert by any chance.
@smiley456: You’re not a dog expert, yet you’ve had multiple experiences with multiple “shiba inus,” a type of dog I’ve never heard of before today?
The guidelines seemed pretty comprehensive, but I figured there’s a chance someone might know from personal experience. This place goes as far as to bring the dog to your house to meet your roommate/spouse/housemates, so as to ensure the whole environment clicks. (Is that standard practice? I’ve never adopted a dog before.)
A couple of my friends have Shibas. My experience with them has been great. Slightly apprehensive (in one case, it was almost complete indifference) to strangers at first, but never aggressive. The owners I know give them a good balance of loyalty and calmness in the right setting. One of my friends takes hers out for runs with her, and she hasn’t had any run-ins with other dogs/humans while they’re out and about.
Make sure it’s not one of those places that makes you sign your life away to adopt. Specifically, make sure they’re not going to randomly show up to inspect your apartment.
I’ve never heard of random inspections. Just when you initially adopt. When I adopted my last pet, they came by to make sure I wasn’t a cat hoarder. Just took a few minutes. They want to make sure the animals get the safe home they deserve.
Oh yeah, if they did random inspections I’d definitely raise an eyebrow. Their terms seem thorough, but not severe (yet). Any sort of binding adoption papers require more specifics than what they put on the “About Us” section of their website, so I’ll make sure to read anything closely if I decide I want to commit to this place.
What are their rules? For my cats, I had to get them spayed/neutered, had to promise to never declaw, and if I ever were to get rid of them (which would mean I would be near death) that I had to give them first dibs.
The terms/prerequisites are all here, too lazy to paraphrase: http://dcsir.org/adoptionfoster-forms/. As far as rules go, I don’t see many in the manner you described. There might be something else like that in a dog’s individual contract, if such a thing exists. To me, it looks like they want to make sure a dog will fit with a prospective owner with a trainer’s input. My research tells me they are a pretty particular type of dog, so I’m actually glad someone who knows them well will help ensure it to be a smooth transition.
hbar, correct. There were several at the dog park I used to go to when living in MD. And about 13 yrs ago wwhen running thru trails with my dog I would always ran across a lady with three of them. All the guys were a bit spooky and aggressive. The three together were definately so. Very territorial.
I don’t quite understand your question. I am not a dog expert. But have some experience with this breed. Are my observations based on only six dogs indicative of the breed? I think so due to conversations with other dog owners at the dog park. But their observations weren’t all that substantive either.
Tom, glad to hear your experience with the breed differs from mine. The house check is an indication of a good rescue group. If it’s a puppy they will point out things to keep out of his way like electrical cords. Or check that there are no gaps under a fence etc. Or suggest blocking off certain rooms till housebroken etc.
Some groups let people take dogs home with no checking at all. That worries me.
Shiba Inu’s are a great breed. Be prepared for shedding they are also very stubborn. for those of you who aren’t familar with shibas I bring you popular meme…
The only thing I tend to be wary about breed-specific rescues, especially for less common breeds like Shiba’s is to make sure they aren’t, whether intentionally or not, supporting unscrupulous breeders. Ask where they get their dogs and how each dog you are interested came to be at their rescue. If they happen to always have puppies, or “retired breeders,” then I wouldn’t adopt from them. Sometimes when people churn out poorly bred litters and they can’t sell them, they dump them on breed specific rescues as an easy way out. From a quick look at the website they look pretty legit. If it were me, I would just make sure to ask the questions so I know I am not inadvertently supporting a puppy mill or unscrupulous breeders. Since you are looking to adopt, I assume you don’t want to do that
Good luck – they have some very good looking pups!
Thanks, everyone! There’s a good chance I’ll be moving again within the next couple weeks (this time, to a house with a fenced-in backyard) so I’ll use that time to do more research and look deeper into how they run their operation, which will buy me some time while I get the place furnished and whatnot. I want to make sure I’m not bringing a dog into a new home at the same time that I’m still in the process of settling down into it myself.
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