OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG RESCUE PROGRAM
The need for Old English Sheepdog Rescue came to my attention in the 1980ís when we took in the first Rescue dog from the Baker Animal Hospital in Montreal. We didnít really have room in the centre of the village in which we lived for our own dogs plus Rescues so it wasnít until 1995 when we moved to the Chateauguay Valley near Huntingdon that we seriously started taking in unwanted OES. We have 10 acres and a boarding kennel which the Rescues share with the paying customers. Since that time we have rescued and placed over 100 OES.
The youngest dog (Perky Pup) we have placed was 11 weeks old and the oldest were 2 10 year old females. Of the dogs taken in for care, only 3 have been euthanized due to being unsuitable for adoption
Not all dogs have been suitable matches but all adoptable dogs have been adopted into permanent homes except for Maggie. Maggieís original home was with a person with small children who could not cope with the children and the dog. Fortunately for Maggie the veterinarian she was taken to to be euthanized had a sister with a farm. Thinking that was a great place for Maggie, the veterinarian gave Maggie to her sister. WRONG! They did not realize that Maggie has an extremely strong herding instinct. Her favourite objects to herd were the free range chickens of which she herded several to death. Maggie then tried living in three other homes which we found and managed to stay in the last of the 3 for 364 days. She has to be sedated to ride in a vehicle and she will chase anything that moves.
Seeing her try to herd a flock of Swallows was quite an experience.
Of all the dogs taken in for care, only 3 have been euthanized due to unstable temperaments.
All dogs are spayed/neutered before they are adopted.
A nominal fee for adoption helps to cover the cost of food, grooming, and veterinary services.
ARE YOU READY TO ADOPT AN OES?
If you can get by the fact that Rescue dogs are ones that someone else did not want and may not be perfect in every way, then you have passed step one for a Rescue dog.
Due to lack of attention and training, some of these dogs have character quirks. They can be barkers because barking was the only way they could receive attention. Can you deal with this or do you want the perfect dog? Perfect rarely happens in Rescue or any other situation, but there are great companions waiting for the right people.
Most important is do you have time required for a dog? Grooming can take at least three (3) or four (4) hours every other week or more frequently depending on the coat. If you donít have the time, then there is the expense of a groomer. You will need grooming equipment - brushes, combs, scissors, and a grooming table. The dog will have to be trained to lie/stand on the table while being groomed.
OES were bred to work although now most OES think they were meant to lie at your feet, sleep on the couch or in a favourite chair, and be fed regularly. However, they need daily exercise which means lengthy walks preferably somewhere that no leash is required. Once a day is not enough. They need a fenced area so that they can be out of doors for a part of the day. If you plan to travel with your dog, then you will need a vehicle which will accommodate a crate or you need a car harness and the patience to train the dog to be in a harness.
Are you willing to take the time to train a dog that may have little or no training? Will you take it to obedience classes if necessary?
How much time can you actually spare from your regular routine to devote to a four-footed member of the family? If you have little or none, you are not a candidate for a Rescue dog or a dog period. A cat or bird would be more suitable.
Are you a neat freak? Coated dogs bring in dirt and water and can make a mess of a clean floor.
How is your budget? Owning a dog is not cheap. You have to consider food, veterinarian fees, training, insurance (optional), and the unexpected.
If you feel that you are able to say that you are ready for a Rescue Dog, then get in touch with us. Fill out the Rescue Application which is on the web site and forward it to us by regular mail or e-mail. Once your application is received, then we will set up a date for a home interview. Either we or a member in your area will do the home interview.
If you meet the criteria for a Rescue OES, and decide to definitely go the Rescue route, you can be assured that all Rescues are checked by a veterinarian if a health history does not come with the dog. If the dog has not been spayed or neutered, that is done when it enters the program. All vaccinations are up-dated if necessary. Those who are with us during Heart Worm Season are tested and placed on medication. If a dog is surrendered by its owner with all its medical files up to date, then unless there is cause for concern, we do not do a check.
The adoption donation which we request is one which makes adoption an option for those who cannot afford a puppy but who do want to provide a home for an OES. The donation helps to pay for the veterinarian visit, spaying/neutering, food, and all the other things that require money in order for the Rescue Program to run. The donation is reasonable and is subject to change depending on the costs of running the program.