Rescue Frequently Asked Questions

snow-faceWill you transport a dog to me?

We have dogs in our rescue program all over the country. IDOG Rescue does utilize transports from time to time. These transports are to assist us in moving a dog out of very bad situations and moving the dog to one of our foster homes.

There are some areas where we do not have foster homes, or some where we have difficulty finding good homes for the dogs. It is only in those situations that we will consider transporting a dog. It is traumatic for the dog and considerably time consuming and stressful for the foster to arrange. Please consider this and only apply for a dog if you are able and willing to travel to where the dog is. We do not transport dogs to place into an adoptive home. There are some inherent risks to transporting dogs with the intention of placing them directly into an adoptive home.

  • The family has never met the dog and the dog has never met the family. We want both the adoptive family and the dog to be happy with the placement.
  • If a dog does not work out, then we could potentially have a dog that is not within a foster home range.
  • If a dog does not work out, determining who pays to get the dog back safely into a rescue would be an issue.
  • If we can locate a great home for a dog within their current location, it would be very unwise and a poor use of our funding to pay to move a dog.
  • We want to provide environments and situations for the dogs that minimize stress on the dogs. Transporting when unnecessary is not working in the interest of the dog.
  • When viewing the dogs that are listed for adoption in our IDOG Rescue program, be sure to look for dogs in your area or in areas that you are willing to travel to meet the dog prior to adopting. Dogs listed will have a state code before their name, that is where the dog is located. Example: TX-Henry, Henry is located in Texas.

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What is IDOG’s policy regarding fenced yards and e-fences?

IDOG Rescue does not have a strict policy against placing dogs in homes without fences. Indeed many rescue organizations do. We believe that a strict policy of “no fence=no dog” is not taking into consideration of the individual dogs and individual people.

Some dogs are just fine living without a fenced in backyard. Some older dogs, or low energy dogs can do fine with a walk around the block a few times.

There are also situations where a person may live in an area where they have access to excellent safe dog parks nearby.

In addition, we also recognize that having a fenced yard does not equal quality time with the dog. Just putting the dog out back without some type of social interaction or physical activity is not addressing the needs of the dog either.

What fenced yards do provide is a place where the owner and the dog can have quality playtime and social interactions with the ability for the dog to run and play at a faster pace than humans can generally do. Fenced yards also provide a safety layer from danger.

orange-bandanaFences are not babysitters they are safety devices!

With that all said there will be dogs listed on “For Adoption” list that will have a notation that they will require a physical fence. These dogs have that notation for a very good reason. Given their current energy levels, past experiences, comfort needs and/or various other reasons, that dog needs to have a physically fenced yard. If a dog is listed with the notation that the dog needs a physical fence, please do not try to change the minds of IDOG Rescue. They will not budge… remember the IDOG Rescue team is working to assure that the dog is safe, comfortable and happy as well as assuring that the person adopting isn’t miserable trying to manage a dog that truly needs a physically fenced yard.

We do NOT allow the use of e-fences for our dogs.

We will not consider e-fences for our dogs in our rescue program. There is just too much evidence that these types of dog containment solutions are just not good for the dogs that we have rescued. We also get far too many dogs that end up in our program that have had very bad experiences with the use of e-fences and shock collars. Frankly, we rather have someone without a fence that will take the dog for walks, go to parks for running and provide great mental exercises by playing games with the dog.

With all this said, MOST of the dogs that are in rescue just simply are incapable of handling the training and the potential ongoing concern of the utilization of an e-fence. E-fences fail and dogs get out; which would be a very serious issue for a dog that has had prior experiences of abandonment or was a stray. E-fences do not contain all dogs and a dog that has had a history of being able to move freely beyond their own property in the past or a dog that is high prey driven, is highly likely to end up outside a hot fence and not be able to return safely. A dog that has had negative experiences in the past with people can associate the e-fence with people and will become defensive or aggressive towards people. A dog that is fearful – the e-fence can create more fear.

The last thing we would ever do is allow a dog that has already had a history of being a stray, has had poor experiences with people, or has experienced fearful situations in the past, to then be place into a potential situation where the dog can regress to behaviors associated with a difficult time in his/her past.