- are knowledgeable about Shiba Inu temperament, activity level, and the issues/quirks of individual dogs
- provide veterinary care for incoming dogs
- are organized in their approach to contacting, interviewing, and following up with potential owners
- conduct stringent screening of potential owners
- do follow-up communication with adopters and encourage questions and updates
- are open and honest about Shiba temperament, activity level, and the problems/quirks of individual dogs
- refuse to adopt Shibas to unprepared, unknowledgeable people
- spay and neuter all outgoing Shibas
Bad “Rescues” and Collectors
- have not researched the Shiba breed
- have dirty facilities
- do not provide necessary medical care for incoming dogs
- do not require a contract
- do not screen potential owners
- do not follow up with adopters
- do not tell people the pros and cons of Shiba ownership
- pressure people to adopt despite concerns and ability to provide a good home
- do not spay and neuter all outgoing Shibas
- let “rescue” dogs breed
- take on too many dogs
Good rescues are excellent places to get a dog, if you are willing to put the time and effort that a rescue dog may need. In many cases, a rescue dog can be less effort to integrate into your life than a puppy, as many of them are house trained, have some obedience training and are accustomed to the rhythms of a household.
In many cases, rescue dogs are the victims of irresponsible breeding and ownership. This can result in medical and temperament issues which, while usually addressed by the rescue when the dog comes in, may require further effort and money from the owner. A good rescue will make potential adopters aware of this and try to give you accurate information on the dog’s progress and temperament.
A rescue is also the place to go if you want an older Shiba. Many Shibas are abandoned or given up through no fault of their own. Often, these dogs are housebroken and have had some training and socialization. For a price of less than half of what a good breeder would normally charge, you can get a Shiba who is already grown up and past the idiocies of puppyhood.
You might wonder why, if people are breeding Shibas with temperament and health problems, why not just get a Shiba from one of them. The answer is money. As long as these people keep getting money for their selfish and irresponsible production of unhealthy and poor-tempered dogs, they will continue breeding. When you invest in a rescue, you are assisting the rescuers in their efforts to save Shibas and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.