RESCUE AND RE-HOMING
..........HOW WE CAN HELP
Sometimes, unforeseen things can happen in our lives that change our circumstances, and sometimes these changes mean that sadly, you might no longer be able to care for your special furry friend. Of course, your first contact should be to the breeder from whom you originally purchased your dog. Should this not be possible, the Newfoundland Club of Victoria Inc. has a Rescue and Rehoming Service to assist in these times of need.
The NCV Rescue & Re-Homing Service will take in any Newfoundland (suspected pure breed) that is surrendered to the service. Upon receiving notification of a possible dog needing assistance the following steps will be followed.
The Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator will contact the people in possession of the dog in question and confirm that they are in fact the owners of the dog. A dog can only be surrendered by the owner or an authorised representative of the owner.
Once contact is made, we attempt to gather the following information:
Sex of the dog
Age of the dog
Breeder (if know)
Reason for surrendering
Urgency for Pick up
How is the dog with
o Other Dogs
Any other relevant Information.
On the above information the Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator will then start to look at possible foster homes and arrange pick up of the dog.
The dog is picked up and then placed in suitable accommodation while it is vet checked and temperament tested. The temperament testing required will depend on a number of factors including but not limited to:
- Information from foster carer
Suitable accommodation can include:
A member’s house – must have suitable fencing and accommodation
A boarding kennel
Vet Checkup – Health Check:
While the rescue service is not able to guarantee that the dog is free from any health issues every effort is made to gauge the health of the dog and any significant issues prior to re-homing. Where there are known issues the new owners are to be made aware of these and the re-homing cost of the dog will also have this taken into account.
All dogs that come through the NCV Rescue and Re-homing Service must be desexed and vaccinated before they are re-homed. There are no exemptions to this rule, once a dog is surrendered it will be desexed at the earliest possible time. It can then be sent to its new home and any follow up medical care (having stiches removed) can be done by the new family.
Once the vet checks and required temperament testing is completed the dog will be re-homed to its new family. All re-homing is done on an initial trial period (usually 2 – 3 weeks).
New homes are selected from the list of people that are waiting. These people have completed the form which can be downloaded from this site. Dogs are re-homed at the discretion of the Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator and the following things are taken into consideration.
Suitability of home
Previous rescue experience
Attendance at club activities
Time on waiting list
When re-homing a dog the primary objective is the successful re-homing of the dog. This means that the Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator is to try and match the dog to the best home not the one that has been on the list the longest.