Some people need to rehome their dogs due to unforseen circumstances. Using a reputable Rescue Group helps to ensure that the new adopter has been properly screened and qualified and a good match is made for both the dog and the adopters.
Here are our Policy and Protocol that Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue uses to find new homes.
PLEASE READ ALL THIS CAREFULLY:
The owner first needs to email us HIGH-resolution Jpeg photos of the dog they want to rehome in the same email as the Q&A [below]. We ask for a $20 donation to list your dog and help find a new family. It is a lot of work and takes time and expense. This donation can paid HERE or by mailing a check made out to LTWR. Our address is in CONTACT US on the home page. If transport is needed to a new home, we ask that these costs are covered too.
Our network has a wonderful success rate, but it is not an overnight solution and it takes time to find the best match, so please contact us as much in advance as possible. You can always change your mind and keep your companion, but if you wait too long to list him/her, we may not be able to find a home by your deadline.
For Rescue Groups or Shelters, there is no $20 donation/fee.
If a Potential Adopter contacts us, they must fill out our 6-page Adoption Application. We then do extensive phone interviews and a Home Check. If the adopter is qualified and approved, transportation is arranged. We receive photos and updates to ensure the dog is doing well for the life of the dog. If for some reason the adopter can no longer keep the animal, our Adoption Contract allows us to repossess the dog and/or help rehome him/her.
If you would like us to help find your dog a new home, please fill out the Q&A below and email it to us. Once we receive your Answers and GOOD photos, we can begin to look for a new home. Please remember that all efforts should be used to try to keep your dog. Consider going to dog classes, giving more exercise, reinforcing your fencing, hiring a trainer or dog walker. If your dog is misbehaving, consulting with a wolfdog-experienced or northern-breed trainer would be advised, as well as training books and videos. There are hundreds of wolfdogs and northern breeds needing homes; most sanctuaries are full and good homes are difficult to find. We hope you will do your best to try to keep your animals.
Please know that wolfdogs are illegal to own in many counties throughout the United States. If there is a complaint from a neighbor for howling, getting loose, killing or injuring a cat or dog, some Animal Control shelters will confiscate a dog regardless of whether it is in a legal county or not — if it is even thought to be a wolfdog or an owner claims it is . Labeling your dog a wolfdog can endanger his or her life. It is always possible that it may be a dog from a breeder who bred domestic dogs to create a "designer" dog that looks and acts like a wolfdog. It is better to list your dog as Malamute / Husky / Shepherd if you are not absolutely sure with a DNA test.
Please give as much info as possible about the dog....
Location of dog (please give city/state) -
Your name -
Your phone number -
Are you a foster, shelter or owner?
How long have you had the dog?
Name of wolfdog -
approx. weight -
good with other big dogs? Please give detail -
good with small dogs? Please give detail -
good with cats?
walks nicely on leash?
good recall off leash?
well behaved indoors?
separation anxiety - can the dog be left home alone?
destructive? Please give detail -
what height fencing does the dog have now?
escape artist? if so how? jumps, climbs or digs? be specific -
food aggression with people?
food aggression with other dogs?
fearful or shy? Please describe -
good health? arthritis? any special medical needs -
Last time to a veterinarian -
How much exercise does the dog currently get daily?
bite record? please give detail -
dominant or submissive with humans?
dominant or submissive with kids?
does the dog ride well in car?
past history of abuse or neglect?
what do you currently feed?
how did you obtain this dog?
If from a breeder, please note the breeder's name, city and state -
Tell us anything else that we need to know - good and bad - no surprises! Include all behaviors -
Why are you giving up this dog? Please describe in detail -
What is your deadline?
What will happen to the dog if a home isn't found by deadline?
Are you willing to help with transport?
How far will you travel?
Are you working with any other Rescue group?
If yes, please note Rescue person's name/email -
Please keep ALL Rescue people updated on the current status of your dog if anything changes. If we take the dog into our Adoption Program and you don't hear from us, it doen't mean we are not working on this dog. Contact us for upates frequently.
FOR TAKING PHOTOS, FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!
PLEASE! attach original high-resolution jpeg photos.
— Show the dog UP CLOSE.
— We need a face shot.
— We need a STANDING side shot. We need to see the FULL conformation of dog from nose to tail. Make sure STANDING photos show feet well.
— Good lighting so we can see coat.
— Good color in background (i.e. grass).
— DO make sure photos are not blurry, overexposed, or too dark.
— DO NOT take photos standing looking down on the dog but crouch to their eye level.
— DO NOT crop or enhance photos before sending.
The better the photos, the more response from potential adopters. Please send a few photos so we have a choice. Since we need large actual file sizes, you may need to send these in multiple emails.
Please seek professional help for all behavior problems. Work with your dog in a patient but firm and consistent manner before putting your pet up for adoption. There is so much competition for good homes, and it is extremely hard on them to lose their loved ones. Thank you for reaching out for assistance!