Things to Know before Applying
Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services' umbrella of policies offers lifelong protection for our dogs, and the dogs always come first. When you work with SSAS, the dog we've rescued and prepared to join you is a dog we help you ensure becomes happier day by day and stays that way throughout her/his life. Our leader is a professional, certified dog trainer and canine behavior specialist; every person with whom we place an SSAS dog receives coaching in R+ training and classical counterconditioning with her and the dog before taking home the dog, and continues to receive training and behavior assistance thereafter, throughout the life of the dog.
Sighthounds are special dogs with unusual abilities. Therefore, there are key requirements for their protection:
- A private, securely fenced yard is required, with direct access from the home.
- That fencing must be at least six feet high and solid all the way around, no climb, no dig, with gates locked from the inside.
- No dog doors for SSAS dogs. No off leashing outside areas enclosed by secure 6 foot fencing.
- It is our policy to avoid placing a dog in an environment where children will be present.
- Since traditional dog parks do not have secure 6 foot tall no climb fencing (and for other reasons), SSAS dogs do not go to dog parks.
- We do not place dogs in homes where they will have access to dangerous situations, e.g., second story untempered glass, or open doors/windows to unfenced/low fenced areas are just two possible examples.
- These are the most notable of our protection requirements, but please email us to discuss your particular situation and other details. To ensure a response, please be sure to include your location (we only do west coast placements); to expedite and assist us in answers to your questions, please include photos of your yard & fencing as well.
Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services' policies are designed to ensure the dogs' lifelong well-being as the top priority; e.g.:
- We place dogs only in areas within a reasonable driving distance (about 4 or so hours maximum) of the sanctuary or one of our permanent rescue partners or volunteers so that the dogs and guardians always have us nearby if they need us. Currently we have established back-ups in Northern California (Santa Cruz area, the northmost California coast, and the Livermore area), Washington state, and near our Oregon sanctuary location.
- Guardians must be mature and stable; e.g., student and roommate situations may by nature be too in-flux to be approved.
- Guardians must be willing and able to follow SSAS instructions for care, safety, training, handling, and contact/affiliation throughout the natural life of the dog.