“Top 5 Questions I’m Asked as a Companion Pet Rescue Volunteer” by KATE ROCKEFELLER

Rescuing a new furry friend can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, especially for the sweet soul that will never feel discarded and unwanted again. As the proud owner of a CPR rescue pup and a volunteer with the organization, I know that the process can sometimes be confusing. I talk to a lot of potential adopters at events, and these top 5 questions that come up again and again, about the process and our pups.

  1. What is the exact breed/age/size potential of a certain available dog?

Our dogs available for adoption, old and young, wind up in the care of our organization because they were discarded. Whether it’s literally being abandoned, to being seized due to inhumane conditions, to being rescued from a high kill shelter, they come to us most times with no medical records or history. Their veterinary care and paper trail begin with us, and breed, age, and size potential are many times best estimates by the professionals that treat them. And while you can expect some uncertainty when rescuing as to the exact history of a dog, I find its offset by the fact that a life is saved that has 100% of its love to give.

  1. What does it mean to be pre-approved for adoption?

Our organization, and any reputable rescue organization, has an application process to adopt. To comply with state regulations and organization guidelines, certain information must be on file and verified before finalizing an adoption. There’s nothing more heart breaking than attending an event and falling in love with a sweet pup and then finding out you’re not approved, so my best advice is to complete an application in advance. Applications are free to fill out and preapproval guarantees a much smoother process when you go to an event or our adoption center.

  1. Why are your adoption fees so expensive?

When rescuing a pup, it’s important to consider the medical care provided by CPR prior to adoption. You can rescue from a city shelter at a much lower cost, but could easily incur a huge debt to provide the veterinary services needed. CPR pups are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heart worm tested if over 1 year old, micro-chipped, on preventatives, and are under the care of a veterinarian. Think about overall value when reviewing fees.

  1. Are you a kill shelter?

Kill shelters are typically defined as those that euthanize for space, or those that euthanize more than 10% of intakes. The answer is NO, we are absolutely not a kill shelter. We rescue animals from kill shelters. Sadly, kill shelters exist because there are still overwhelming numbers of stray and unwanted animals, and open intake facilities do not have the ability to turn away animals. CPR’s mission includes providing spay and neuter assistance when feasible because addressing pet overpopulation at the root is the only way for our country to achieve no-kill.

CPR is committed to the safety of our volunteers, their children and pets, and our adopters.  Because of that, there are times when the difficult and heartbreaking decision to euthanize based on aggression/behavioral concerns may occur within our rescue. We never euthanize for space, treatable medical conditions, no matter the cost, or any other reason.

  1. Is this dog trained?

The response to this question usually goes two ways depending on the age of the pup:

  1. Puppy- Usually not. This is where I go on my puppy speech, empowered by my current ‘Puppy Mom’ status, and really hammer home that puppies are a lot of work. A lot. Yes, they are exceptionally cute and snuggly, but come with a heavy need for time investment. Expect some accidents, unwavering curiosity and a heck of a lot of energy, no matter how calm they may seem at events. They are, after all, puppies.
  2. Young and adult dogs- Most pups out of ‘Puppy Land’ are house trained and have had the benefit of fostering or living in a home, so generally transition with much less effort than taking on a baby pup. And because they come from some of the most desperate situations, make the most loyal and loving companions.

Adopting a pet is huge decision, but one that has the potential to bring many years of love and wet kisses. To learn more about Companion Pet Rescue and see our amazing pups waiting for a home, check out www.cprdogs.com.