How does rescue work?

In NSW, the length of time a dog is kept at a pound is as follows:

  • Microchipped dogs: dogs are kept for 14 days, then can be euthanised.
  • Non-microchipped dogs: dogs are kept for 7 days, then can be euthanised.
  • Surrendered dogs: these are dogs that are handed over to the pound by their owners.  These dogs can be euthanised immediately.

Many pounds work hard to keep dogs as long as possible, but with a constant stream of incoming dogs, this can be difficult.

Whether it is 0, 7 or even 14 days, it doesn’t give a dog long to find a new home. That’s where a rescue group like WBR can help – both the dogs and their potential new owners.

WBR has established strong relationships with the pounds they work with. A member of WBR will follow up working dogs who find themselves in the pound – about its health, temperament and history (if possible) to assess its suitability for rehoming.

Sometimes dogs are reclaimed by their owner or adopted straight from the pound. If they are not,  and if WBR has a suitable foster carer available, they can save the dog from the pound, therefore extending the time it has to find a new home (you can see how important foster carers are to the ability of WBR to take dogs out of pounds).

Within WBR’s network, there are many years of combined experience of dog owners, as well as partnerships with dog trainers, behaviourists and vets to assist with dog with special requirements. This group works together to support the foster carers as they settle in their new dog, do some basic training and look after its health until a new home is found.

Spending time in foster care puts a dog in a favourable environment where it can feel safe and cared for, and its true nature can show. Dogs in pounds are often in an environment that is vastly different to what they are accustomed. They can be frightened, overstimulated or exhausted. Foster carers take the time to get to know their dog’s true personalities so they can help potential adopters to assess a dog’s suitability to their situation.

Once a dog is ready for adoption, the WBR foster carer will write a profile for the dog. This information is distributed as widely as possible, so that the dog’s new owner has the best possible chance to find it. WBR’s main channels are the PetRescue website and our Facebook page.

If someone sees a WBR dog and is interested in finding out more, the next step is to fill out an adoption application. This does not commit them to taking a dog.


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