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Committee Established: 2000

Committe Type: Board Appointed

Rescue Prevention Committee

Duties and Responsibilities

This committee was formed in 2001 by the Newfoundland Club of America Board to address the growing needs of Newfoundlands for the Rescue lifeline. Its purpose is proactive, to apply the creative resources of its members to "address the issue of rescue proactively by finding ways to educate breeders and the buying public and to develop an arsenal of weapons and strategies to combat the ruthlessness of puppy mills and other forms of indiscriminant breeding."

Newfoundlands enter the Rescue program through different avenues. Dogs may enter this program because their owners cared about their future but were no longer able to provide a home for the dogs. Some of the Newfs who have entered the Rescue program have been found wandering as strays or have been transferred from a shelter. Others who enter the program have been acquired from from pet stores when the puppy was unable to be sold or from commercial breeders when the dogs are no longer useful for breeding.

This committee seeks to understand the factors that underlie those situations which lead to a Newfoundland needing the support of Rescue, as part of the effort to proactively support more successful placements between Newfoundlands and their owners. In the event that the outcome is not successful, we hope to have done all that we can to ensure that Rescue is an option for the dog.

It is our goal to work progressively and proactively to assure that ALL newfoundlands have the care and good quality of life that they deserve. An important means of achieving this is by helping new and prospective owners and owner families become better prepared for sourcing, rearing and caring for a Newf. By learning what to expect and what is needed, new owners can avoid self-created pitfalls and unintentional cruelty, making life with their Newfoundland a good experience for both.



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Foreclosures and Homeless Pets:

Abandonment and homelessness due to foreclosures have been on the rise this year, leaving many pets in bad situations. Please see the articles below for more information:

Homeless Pets Crowd Shelters as Families Hit Hard Times

Published: June 26, 2008

Abandoned Pets and Home Foreclosure by Patti Emmerling

The trend of pets being turned loose, abandoned in rural areas or left in vacant homes has put animal welfare officials on notice that financially-strapped pet owners are in critical need of help.
As a way to help educate current and prospective pet owners, here are a few suggestions that you may offer to help them keep their pet.
Foster care
If you have a friend, relative or neighbor who would be willing to take over the care of your pet until your financial situation is better, that option would relieve the distress of having to part with the dog on you, your family and the dog.  The more normalcy and consistency you can provide to all involved, the better.
In some areas, there have been programs started for families that lose their homes to foreclosures. As a part of the program, some of these groups will get a pet into foster care for as long as it takes for the family to get back on its feet, or if the family sees no way to take the pet back, they will get the animal into its adoption program and will assure a good life for the pet. (Contact your local breed-specific Rescue group, veterinarian or animal Shelter to check on availability of similar programs).
If you can’t find someone to foster your Newfoundland, contact Newfoundland Rescue at and ask about its Rescue Program.
Don’t Leave a Pet Behind when you Move Out
– If you need a place to live, contact your local housing authority for a list of pet-friendly housing. In some areas, local shelters may also have a similar list.
– For those on solid financial footing, be proactive. Take your animals in for regular exams. A small health issue won’t become a big one if it’s caught early. Get pet insurance.
– Put aside a little money out of each paycheck, to have just in case the bad economy jumps up and bites you, your family and your pet.
– If you absolutely must give up your pet, don’t turn it loose. Contact the appropriate breed rescue or, as a last resort, the shelter.  Just don’t let it run off or abandon it.  Abandoning an animal to fend for itself after it has been domesticated is cruel treatment to the animal.
Where there’s an eviction or a foreclosure, families will sometimes leave a pile of food and some water; most often nothing is left for the pet. By law the banks can’t come in right away, and the landlords can’t come in right away either... so they don’t. It can take weeks or months before the banks or landlords actually enter the property. It’s a terribly cruel situation because pets are found in horrific conditions or dead due to starvation/dehydration.
Don’t wait until foreclosure is eminent. Plan ahead and make necessary arrangements for your pets BEFORE eviction.


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