Decided to get a Rescue Puppy/Dog


Only very occasionally does a young puppy come up for adoption. If you do get to adopt a rescue puppy, try to find out everything about the puppy’s background and experiences so far.

Choosing the right rescue dog is just as important as choosing the right breeder if you are buying a puppy.

There are many dogs in rescue that have the potential to be fantastic companions.  

There are also many with behavioural problems that can be tough to solve and may take life-long management, probably not the best choice if you are considering training them as your 'Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog'.

There needs to be a good fit between the 'rescue dog' and 'adopter', or things can go badly wrong.  Getting this ‘fit’ right can be a challenge for both rescue centres and would be adopters. Therefore, it is important that the centre undertakes an extensive interview/questionnaire of the potential adopter's needs, lifestyle, home environment, prior experience of dogs etc and carries out a home visit to help ensure the best match is made.

On seeing a dog that is up for adoption that you are considering,  ask for details of any behavioural problems or training issues that the dog may have. If possible spend time with the dog or take him for a walk to help you assess whether you may want to adopt him.

Visit many rescue centres.

Take your time.  It may be heartbreaking to leave a dog behind,  but you and your family must come first. A dog with serious problems needs a skilled home and lots of time and is also unlikely to be a suitable candidate for the 'Guides for the Mind Assistance Dog' Program if you are considering training your dog as such.

The right dog for you may not be the first or even the tenth dog you visit.  But with time and patience you stand a good chance of finding them.