Interested in rescue dogs? Check out the AKC Rescue Network.
The AKC Rescue Network is the largest network of dog rescue groups in the country, comprised of hundreds of organizations rescuing more than 160 AKC-recognized breeds around the country. We want to celebrate the great work these groups do by sharing some of their success stories:
From the Mile High Weimaraner Rescue:
Julian was a 5-year-old severely obese male Weimaraner. His owners couldn’t afford his veterinary care, and dropped him at a local shelter. The shelter contacted us, and we took him into foster care. Julian required a thyroid test and meds, a special diet and a weight-loss plan. He was in foster care for four months, and we discovered he was full of buckshot. He is now happily adopted, with a loving family with kids, his favorite kind of people! Sadie, a 1 ½ year old female Weimaraner, was dropped off at a shelter because her family hoped she would “calm down” after she turned one, but couldn’t handle her energy level. We placed Sadie in a foster home with a marathon runner in search of a running companion. Sadie is now well-behaved, getting the attention she deserves and has someone who understands her needs.
From Country Hearts Hound Rescue:
Carlin, a sweet, shy Bluetick Coonhound, came to rescue from an area shelter. He had been in the shelter for months and then was adopted from that shelter. He was found again months later as a stray emaciated and full of fleas and ticks. The adopter decided they did not want him so they let him go in the woods rather than return him to the shelter. Carlin came to rescue unsure how to behave. He came out of his shell a little in rescue and then a little more in his adopted home. Several months later, when the rescue was undergoing some construction, Carlin's new family offered to temporarily foster a dog. We immediately thought of Lady, an outgoing little Bluetick girl. It was great because Carlin became more confident and of course his family fell in love. Soon, Carlin and Lady both had a wonderful home and became best friends.
From the North Texas Basset Hound Rescue:
We had an Army Medic who lost his legs in an IUD blast in Afghanistan a couple of years ago. He wrote a very touching story about how the adoption of his Basset Hound from our organization had healed his soul in a way that nothing else could.
These organizations are supported by the generosity of private donations, fundraising and volunteer foster homes, so support a rescue group in your community or one helping your favorite breed: http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm