If you are on this page you must be an animal angel! The homeless dogs and cats across our nation need all the help they can get. Rescuing an animal can be challenging but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime.
The reality is that the majority of rescue groups are at capacity. However, we can teach you to do what we do. If you are in the position to help an animal in need we can assist you by sharing our decade of rescue experience to set you up for a safe and successful private adoption.
Get an ID TAG! The first thing we do is put a tag on a new rescue. You don't have a relationship with your new rescue if it should get away from you. Most Petcos & Petsmarts have in-store ID tag machines.
At The Rescue Train we like to make sure our animals that are up for adoption are in good health and ready to go home. We are also careful that a rescue doesn't have any contagious illnesses that could infect an existing pet.
• Decide whether you are going to foster or board your rescue.Fostering your rescue is a great way to learn about its behavior in a home. If fostering is not an option consider keeping your rescue at a local boarding facility. Check with your vet's office to see if they offer short term boarding.
• Get to know your rescue. Does your dog/cat get along with other animals? Children? Is he/she housebroken? Potential adopters are going to want to know the answers to these questions.
• Get your dog training. An obedience trained dog is very attractive to potential adopters. Additionally dog training is going to give you an opportunity to learn more about your rescue with the help of a professional dog trainer. Ask the trainer what he/she thinks would be the ideal home for your rescue.
• Get a great photo! The biggest tool you have in getting your rescue a home is A GREAT PHOTO! The Internet and flyers are VISUAL. Bad photos usually don't get a response. Photo tips:
• Network your rescue. Now that you have your adorable photo and have learned important information about your rescue you are ready to post! Social networking, flyers, e-mail campaigns, and ads in local papers are all good ways to network and get your rescue seen. Ask your family and friends to help spread the word!
• Fundraising For Your Rescue. When you do something good like rescue an animal others want to join in and help. Often friends, family, coworkers and the community where you rescued a pet will help with donations. Circulating a flyer and or e-mail with a cute photo and the animal's story will inform animal lovers that this animal is in need. You can ask people to make out checks to vet offices or boarding facilities if that makes them more comfortable and they know their money is going directly to the care of the animal.
• Screen potential adopters. We strongly recommend that you have a potential adopter fill out an adoption application. The application is the best tool to see if the person is a responsible pet owner.
CLICK HERE FOR DOG ADOPTION APPLICATION
CLICK HERE FOR CAT ADOPTION APPLICATION
• Meet and greet your potential adopters to see how you like them in person. Don't be in a rush to place your rescue. The biggest mistake of new rescuers is they are in a hurry. Why go through all this effort and put your heart into this animal if the placement is not right? Do your home work and take the time to screen the home.
• Be a responsible rescuer. Set your rescue and new family up for success!
• Do a home check prior to adoption: A home check is not meant to be an invasion of privacy but to make sure your animal is entering a safe and loving home. After you have spent so much time and energy on your rescue don't you want to see where it is going to spend the rest of its life? A good home will have nothing to hide. Things to look for at your home check:
• Adoption Contract. So you've found a great home! Congratulations for getting this far! We strongly recommend that you use an adoption contract to release you from liability and binds the adopter to keep their promises to the quality of home and care for the pet.
CLICK HERE FOR DOG ADOPTION CONTRACT
CLICK HERE FOR CAT ADOPTION CONTACT
• Ask for a Donation. Do not give animals away for free! It has been proven over and over that people don't put any value on things they get for free. Also you want to be confident that your adopter has the financial ability to care for a pet. If they can't afford a donation they can't afford ten years plus of vet bills. What is appropriate? That is up to you. Ask for the cost of your spaying and neutering and vaccines or have the adopters make a donation to a local animal rescue in honor of the work you did.