Why We Advocate for Screening & Affiliation
The rescued dog an applicant desires is a beloved part of the rescuer's family. When you apply to a rescue, you are asking a group of volunteers and donors to trust you with an animal who trusts his/her rescue family to keep him/her safe and well, an animal to whom those people have given their heart, soul, money, and a huge chunk of their lives. We want these dogs to enjoy that same level of devotion from their new homes and guardians. When it comes to homing, our job is to ensure our dogs land in safe, happy homes with kind, conscientious people who view their relationship with us not as a burden, but as an opportunity to learn, and to provide a wonderful life for a rescued dog.
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; every person with whom we place an SSAS dog receives coaching in R+ training and classical conditioning 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 around at least part of any home or place where the dog spends time is required.
- In almost all cases, all fences must be at least six feet high, solid fencing 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.
- We do not place dogs in homes where they will have access to dangerous situations, e.g., second story untempered glass, or open windows to unfenced areas are just two of many 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 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, the central California coast, 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, handling, and contact/affiliation throughout the natural life of the dog. These are stipulated in a detailed contract that the guardian signs.