THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR LISTINGS:
- When a dog is listed as “URGENT,” it means the dog is in danger of being euthanized.If a dog says “in ME,” “in NH,” or “in NE,” then they are in foster care and available to meet.
- When a dog is listed as “PENDING,” then he/she has a “pending” application, but has not been officially approved to adopt through AHR.
- Some listings contain “cross- post” contact information, which means AHR is listing a dog for another person or rescue group. In this case, please contact the “cross-post” person directly if interested in the dog.
- Each AHR dog has an adoption coordinator, and, currently, AHR has four coordinators. Please send all inquiries and applications to the adoption coordinator listed within the dog posting. In addition, general questions should go to “Info” firstname.lastname@example.org and undecided applications should go to: “Adoptions” email@example.com
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RESCUE DOGS:
- In general, each breed has typical breed specific characteristics; thus, it is important to do research in advance to determine which breeds suit your lifestyle.
- Rescue dogs make wonderful additions to any family. Unfortunately, they often end up in shelters due to life changes related to their former owners. Please don’t hold that against them!
- Rescue dogs are loyal and affectionate pets. Likewise, they need loving and patient families to help them adjust to a new life.
- Many dogs have not experienced things such as love, toys, bones, the inside of a house, or how to climb stairs.
- These dogs adjust with patience and love over the course of weeks or months. They do not transition in just a few days so please do not expect perfection.
- All dogs benefit from obedience training as it teaches them simple commands like sit, stay and heel. More importantly, it helps dogs build self-confidence, teaches them social skills, and helps them bond with their new human family. Many adopters have regretted not going to formal obedience training. Remember, all “good” dogs have “good” leaders.
- Rescue dogs are WORTH IT!!! Many of our past adoptive families say, “They seem to know that YOU are their rescuer.”
If you have the social responsibility to adopt a shelter dog as your new family member, you are also accepting the responsibility of acclimating your pet to its new surroundings, family, and resident pets. Please put yourself in your new pet’s position. Thank you for considering saving the life of a rescue dog!!