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The Difference Between Rescue Dogs and Adoption Options

A dog placed by a rescue organization has been rescued from a shelter, directly from its former home or found as a stray. If the dog is listed as "Placement by: rescue," it means that the dog is currently in foster care with a rescue organization or rescue worker.

Advantages: Foster care usually means that the dog has been carefully evaluated for health (likely been to a veterinarian), condition and temperament by experienced Chesapeake Bay Retriever owners or rescue workers. Some generous organizations, like Labrador Retriever Rescue, also place Chessies through the listings below. Foster care usually lasts for at least 2 weeks to 2 months, depending on the condition of the dog, before the dog is advertised for adoption. During this time, the foster family has time to evaluate the dog's behavior in many situations and has possibly done some basic obedience training or crate training. Dogs fostered by rescue groups are usually spayed or neutered. Dogs are adopted out with contracts that are often backed by a two week "evaluation" period - during which the dog can be returned to rescue if things don't work out. Rescue-placed dogs are usually backed by a local group of people happy to help you smooth out the adoption and coach you as you prepare for your new dog.

Disadvantages: The complete history of a rescue dog is not always known by rescue organizations. Rescue groups screen new homes very carefully and often require home visits and interviews before they place a dog in your home - be sure you understand all the requirements the group has (for example, a fenced-in yard) so that you aren't disappointed if your adoption application is turned down. Rescue groups usually charge an adoption fee that minimally covers the veterinary and transportation costs that they have incurred caring for the dog. These fees go into a fund to rescue other dogs and are usually a fraction of the cost of a CBR puppy.

Adoption Options
An adoption option usually happens when a family can no longer take care of their Chessie and want to find it a good, new home. These owners are usually attached to their dogs and don't want to place their dog at a shelter where they don't have control over where (or if) the dog is placed. We have provided space on this website for these owners to advertise their dogs so they have a free way to find good homes and don't have to use their local shelter as a placement service. We also hope they will make donations to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue Fund in thanks! Mostly, we hope that the adoptive homes they find via the webpage are well-educated about the special qualities of a Chesapeake Bay retriever and will provide loving, understanding homes.

Advantages: If the dog that you're interested in adopting is tagged on our Available Dogs list as an assisted adoption, you will talk directly with the owners about adopting their dog and not with CBR Relief & Rescue. You can find out this dog's entire history if you ask the right questions - so you can know exactly what kind of dog you're adopting. You may be able to ask questions of the former owners as your Chessie settles into your home. You may be able to get complete veterinary records from the former owner.

Disadvantages: In these cases, Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue has not evaluated the dog's health, condition, temperament or behavior - we have not met the dog or its current owners. You must ask questions of the owner and try to meet the dog before the adoption so you can evaluate the dog's temperament and condition. In these cases, the owners may want to sell the dog - the proceeds of this adoption do not go to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue Fund. If the adoption does not work out - former owners are often reluctant to take back the dog.

Go to our listings of available Rescue Dogs or visit the Adoption Options Website.

Please send all corrections or comments about this website to webmaster@cbrrescue.org.