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For those of you that have rescued have you or would you go out of state to rescue? We are only looking for one breed so perhaps that makes a difference. There just aren't any in our area, which is good but bad at the same time. And there are so many in other areas. Anyway just looking for some opinions and advice.
I would go out of state if I needed to. I don't think I would drive across the country, but traveling to a neighboring state would be worth it to me. I would research ahead of time to make sure the rescue is legit before making the trip.
I for sure go out of state, to rescue an animal! I am not sure how to see if its legit, maybe call the person with the animal and ask for refrences? I would probably do that. Find out what vet he takes the animals too.. that would be where I would start, Gooodluck hun!
To know if they're legit there's a few ways, one if they have their 501C non profit status they're probably legit. Secondly how do they run it? Are the dogs spayed, neutered, vetted, vaccinations, leash, collar, what can they tell you about the dog, and how are they kept (private foster, boarding facility, etc), do they do home visits (this isn't always a deal breaker but it sends up a red flag for me if they don't)?
On going outside the state I've done it. I lived in Louisiana and we adopted our first Boxer in Mississippi 5 hours (one way) away because at that time Louisiana didn't have a Boxer rescue and Mississippi did. We drove 10 hours round trip plus the time there to meet the dog when I was 39 weeks pregnant. SO glad we did because he was the best dog EVER and a very happy member of our family for quite a few years.
When we were looking to adopt our current GSD there's only one GSD rescue in Arizona (where I live now) and they won't adopt to an already 2 dog household (making the GSD the 3rd dog) and are overall a PITA to deal with so I started looking at a couple of GSD rescues in California (about a 6 hour drive one way) and was very close to adopting from one when I found Thor online at a non breed specific rescue and we ended up adopting him as he was perfect for our family situation.
I will say it can be hard to find a rescue to adopt out of state since most want to do home visits (some will waive this if you are out of state and send pictures), meet your other pets, and have more than 1 meeting with you and the potential new dog. But there are some that will adopt out of state or who will make an exception if it's breed specific and you don't have that breed rescue in the state you live in.
So yep, been there done that once that we went through with and very close to twice, Thor just happened to find us and be the perfect match before we got to California).
Agree to all of the above. Plus how willing are they to answer your questions and how many questions are they asking you? If someone is unwilling to answer your questions thoroughly or the answers keep changing they are probably trying to hide something. If they are willing to just hand you the dog without asking for more than a check then they probably aren't a real rescue. Also if they want to meet you somewhere other than their home or the facility where they house the dogs (like a gas station or mall parking lot), then they are probably a back yard breeder and not a rescue.
Also most rescues...especially breed specific rescues...don't have puppies. Once in a blue moon they will get a small litter in, but only one litter and they'll all be the same age. Very very rarely do they have dogs under 6 months old, and moreso closer to 12 months or older. You shouldn't be seeing loads of 2, 3, 4, 5 month old puppies at a breed specific rescue and absolutely not multiple litters.