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Meet Our Pet of the Month
Our pet of the month introduces himself!...
Rusty came to us from a no-kill Humane Society. He had been surrendered by his owner's wife, after his owner had been placed into an assisted living facility. Rusty was not happy at the shelter and not doing very well. He was very depressed and not eating well. He is an AKC papered pure bred ten-year-old. He was intact, which is just unfortunate, because, as a Rescue organization, we had to have him neutered & at such an advanced age it was hard on him. I mean I get why you would leave your high quality purebred papered dog intact, but if you're going to do that, then keep the dog for the dog's life, or make arrangements for a trusted friend to do so. Do not purchase a dog when you're at an age where you might not outlive, or outlast, the dog.
He is very well mannered, and obedient, when he hears you. His hearing and eyesight are failing. He does have a touch of arthritis. He is slow to get up and down, and goes down stairs better than up. He'd do really well in a Dobie experienced, loving home, with one level and someone who's home. He does seem to have some separation anxiety, which is to be expected after being dumped at a shelter.. he would also do best as an only dog, not because he's mean or aggressive, but because he's socially unacceptable with other dogs. He thinks they all need to be nosed and licked and humped. And this gets irritating for most dogs. This is the way of most intact male dogs.
More About Rusty
House trained • Spayed/Neutered • Current on vaccinations • Prefers a home without: Young Children • Primary Color(s): Red / Chestnut / Orange • Coat Length: Short
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application to adopt a pet.
Also, I heard something the other day that startled me... a family was in looking at cats, and mentioned having seen one on the website that had been here for over a year, and said they really liked the look of her, but didn't want to take a cat out of a home she'd been in for over a year.... While I can understand the logic, PLEASE don't let an animal's length of stay in Rescue be ANY longer than it has to be!
Since we are low to no kill, animals are sometimes with us that long, but keep in mind, we can't take in any others that need us until a spot opens up... if you pass up an animal simply because you feel it's happy and settled in its home, please think again! All animals that come to us are happy and settled in their foster home within a week or two of arriving. Animals can't tell time, so a week or a year, it's all the same to them... YOU are what they need, not a foster home, although, you're right, they are happy here!
SCPR rescues adoptable animals to help them find forever homes. Many of our animals are rescued from local "kill" shelters where they may be just hours away from death. Some are purebred and some are mixes, but all these animals have plenty of love to give, if you will open your heart and your home.
There are many reasons why people adopt pets from us. Sometimes we have just the pet they have been looking for and cannot find in their area. Sometimes they like the information that we can provide about the pets we care for. Sometimes they like the fact that our pets have been cared for in a loving, healthy home environment and are eager to return that love. Sometimes they like the fact that we take the animal back if there is ever a problem.
We make a lifetime commitment to our animals. They know that if they adopt from us and it does not work out, they do not have to face terrible alternatives. Also they like to know that the pet has had every medical need cared for before s/he is adopted. Others believe in our philosophy and want to help our animals. Whatever the reason we are very grateful to all of the people who have given such wonderful lives to our animals.
We have a lifeline of vets, professional trainers and a groomer who are ready to help at any time. We want all adoptions to be a great experience for both you and the pet. When pets come to us they enter a safe haven where they are loved and cared for until their forever home is found. They become our priority. We give them a name if they don't have one, take them home and start loving them as they learn to trust again. Many of them require extra care.
All of our pets have been affected in some way by their circumstances. Adopting a rescue pet means taking a possibly neglected, abused and definitely needy pet and making a sincere COMMITMENT to properly care for and love him or her UNCONDITIONALLY for the rest of their life.
We are 501c-3 non-profit rescue group, made up strictly of volunteers. All pets we rescue live with various members of our group, in their homes. We operate solely on public donations and depend enormously on a few local vets who offer us discounted services. We are committed to finding suitable forever homes for the animals we rescue, and to providing quality services to our animals while they are in our care. We are available upon request to educate the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering animals.
It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in the nation's shelters in 2008. This number represents a generally accepted statistic that is widely used by many animal welfare organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The primary reason for so many animals being euthanized is pet overpopulation. An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total 11,606,077 cats in 9 years. In 6 years, one unspayed female dog and her offspring can reproduce 67,000 dogs. (Source: Spay USA)
Having your pets altered is a solid, effective defense against overpopulation, and results in fewer offspring in kill-shelters. We at SCPR do our part by ensuring all our animals are spayed/neutered before adoption.
Need a spay/neuter voucher? Please email Gigi at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a voucher.
Many of our rescued animals were once someone's pet, but ended up in a shelter with no identification and no way to go home. Lost pets can be easily identified, and owners found, if they are wearing a collar with an ID tag containing owner's name, address and phone number.
Don't assume that your inside pet doesn't need ID - many pets manage to get out and risk becoming lost or injured. We recommend a wonderful pet tag provider at Pet Things in Colbert, WA. Call Chris at 800-428-8390 to order your ID tag today! Also consider getting your dog or cat micro-chipped, as collars can be removed. All SCPR dogs are micro-chipped before adoption.
There are many reasons people find themselves in a situation where they can no longer care for their pet. While we always try to help in these situations, sometimes we simply don't have the room to take the animal in. If you feel you are going to be in a position where you need to re-home your pet, timely action is the key.
While we might not have room to take your pet into one of our foster homes, we can list your altered, fully vaccinated pet on our website and screen potential adopters for you while you wait for a space to open up. We cannot guarantee a space, as we are a group of private foster homes and do not own/operate a shelter facility of any kind. We will try to help you.
This form is ONLY for persons who have spoken directly to an SCPR representative, and have made arrangements to surrender their pet to SCPR.
CLICK HERE to download a Surrender Application.
We are committed to finding the right home for our animals, and have developed our adoption policies based on our years of experience with rescuing and adopting out dogs and cats. Not everyone who applies to adopt will be approved. We do the best we can to match prospective adopters with the right animal.
We get to know our animals well and are very successful with training and re-training for behavioral modification. When you get a pet from us, there are no surprises. We pride ourselves on being completely honest with prospective owners, so as not to unduly stress the pet by having it returned 2 or 3 weeks later.
All of our animals are returnable for the life of the pet, although we have a very low return rate, because we take the time to match pets with people for the best possible life for both of you. We have medical care done by our very competent vets before adopting pets out. Our pets are adopted with full disclosure of known health conditions.
Usually we pay more in vet bills for these pets than we recover in their adoption fees. The difference comes out of our pocket, another reason why we are very selective about the homes our pets go to.
Any pet you get from us over the age of 4 months will be sterilized and current on all vaccinations. We also require that any currently owned pets be sterilized.
We always need monetary donations to help keep pets in our care current on vaccinations and in great health. We often spend more on veterinary care for our animals than we are able to recover in adoption fees, and depend on the generosity of animal lovers to help fund our rescue efforts. We accept checks and PayPal, and donations are tax deductible.
Our foster dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a rescued dog to sleep in comfort, please click here.
We also need donations of dry cat and dog food. You can drop donations off at Angie's Groomingdales, 2425 Government Way, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho between the hours of 9-3 Tuesday-Saturday.
(PLEASE NOTE: This is a business, NOT SCPR headquarters or offices. DO NOT drop by with pets to surrender or to meet/view dogs for adoption without being previously screened and obtaining an appointment.)
The Donate-A-Thundershirt program provides a Thundershirt for each dog in your care who could benefit from one: http://shelter.thundershirt.com/shelterBanner.aspx
For more info on Thundershirts and a short video on how easy they are to
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If you are unable to adopt a pet at this time, but would like to sponsor a pet waiting for adoption, it costs us an average monthly of $125 to feed and provide medical care for each dog, and $45 to feed and provide medical care for each cat. Please talk to us about sponsoring an animal.
Click HERE for an application to Foster an animal
We are always in need of foster families, so that we can save more animals. Rescued animals need temporary shelter, care and love while waiting for their forever families. Some need a few nights' stay until they get adopted, others need a home until they reach an adoptable age or recover from trauma.
You supply a loving home and a second chance at life, and we take care of all medical care, adoptive family screening, advice and support. Please click here to download a foster care volunteer application.
We see potential adopters by appointment only. Please call anytime.
We are located in
Coeur D'Alene, Cataldo and Hayden, Idaho. We advertise every Thursday in the Nickels Worth, a free classified ads newspaper.
Directions: Coeur D'Alene is just a 30 minute drive East from Spokane, WA on I-90. We are 40 minutes South of Sandpoint, ID on Highway 95. We are 2 hours North of Lewiston, ID on Highway 95. We are 30 minutes West of Kellogg, ID on I-90.
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