All Shepherd Rescue
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Frequently Asked Questions
This section is to try to answer some of the more frequently asked questions or gives you the link to the location on our website where the answer is located. If you cannot find an answer on our website or by talking to one of our volunteers at an event, please email us at Info@AllShepherdRescue.com and we will try to help.
Thank you for thinking of rescue...your next best friend may be right here!
How do I adopt? Where is your application?
All potential adopters and potential fosters must fill out an Adoption/Foster Application. The approval process is the same for both adoption and foster. (See next question)
Who do you adopt to?
We only adopt to adults, age 18 and older. No exceptions. If you are living at home as an adult you must have the written approval of your parents for us to process the application. Our application process starts with the review of your application. You must be in an area where we have a volunteer that can do your home visit. (See area question below) We will call your references and one of our volunteers will perform a home visit to meet you and all members of your family - human, canine and feline! Once you have been approved, we work with you to find the right match for you and your family. If the dog you were interested in is adopted we will still process your application. We will try and let you know if the dog you listed is adopted to verify you want to continue the application process. We HIGHLY recommend if you are looking for a GSD or GSD mix to adopt now or in the near future, that you complete the application process with us now so you will be ready to meet the one that captures your heart!
Is there an application fee?
Not at this time.
I rent. Will you adopt to me?
We do not require you to own your home, but you will need a landlord approval letter specifically listing German Shepherd and German Shepherd mixes to be permitted in your rental property. This approval should be faxed to 888-775-2798 or scanned and emailed to Adoptions@AllShepherdRescue.com. This landlord approval should specify you are able to adopt a german Shepherd with no weight restrictions (or list the restrictions).
What about a fence?
We do not require you to have a fence.
What areas do you adopt to?
Most of our adopters reside in the Baltimore/DC metro area right now. We require a home visit to be done by one of our volunteers as part of our approval process. We do have volunteers in MD, Southern PA, Northern VA, DC and also DE who may be able to do a home visit if you reside in these areas. If you are unsure of your location being in our coverage area and whether or not we can perform a home visit, please email Adoptions@AllShepherdRescue.com. In the email please include your full address so that we can check with our volunteers about the home visit.
Will you adopt to a home with young kids?
We will not automatically decline a family because there are young children in a home. We will only adopt dogs to a home with young children that appear to be well suited for life with children.
Why do you require adopters to attend a group training class ?
We have found that attending a group class within the first 3-6 months helps with the transition to the adoptive home. The dog learns to focus while distracted by other dogs and people and also learns to look to his/her new person for leadership and guidance. Training is done with the trainer of your choice.
How long will it take until I find out if I am approved?
As a general rule of thumb, approval usually takes about two weeks. We are 100% volunteer and most of us work full time jobs in addition to our family and rescue commitments. To help speed the application process along, please call your vet and have them put a note in your file giving permission to disclose your vetting information to us. Please let your references know we will be calling. The faster they return the volunteer's call the sooner we can move to a home visit. For the home visit, everyone that lives in the home must be present.
How old do you need to be to volunteer?
Right now you need to be 18 years old to volunteer. We are currently working on ways that those under 18 can get involved with the dogs. Those under 18 are always welcome to contact us about any fundraisers they are organizing to benefit the dogs.
Who can volunteer?
Animal lovers over 18 years of age are welcome and needed! You do not need to be in our adoptions area to help. You can help with phone calls - with both reference and adoption follow up calls, advertisement and website design and behind the scenes administrative help without being in our adoptive area.
What do volunteers do?
Everything! We are 100% volunteer run. We all have family and work commitments in addition to our ASR responsibilities and we are always looking for help to spread the word about ASR while keeping up with the applications and training the dogs. Take a look at our volunteer page to see a few things ASR volunteers do.
Can you help me with my dog?
Yes. The best thing for your dog, no matter what the breed, is to be with people that love them. We are going to try to help you keep your dog. It is traumatizing for a dog to lose a family they love, just as it is heartbreaking for you to lose a pet you love. With all of our volunteers, we probably have someone that has dealt with the same issue you are now facing and can help you navigate through to a positive solution. If there is a behavioral issue, we can try to help you find trainers that will work with you. Almost all of our volunteers have at least one dog so we can help with vet references and let you know who we have used and know. Our support network is available to everyone.
No, I meant will you take my dog?
We try to help as many dogs as we can. Unfortunately we are limited to the number of dogs we can help at one time by finances and foster homes. All of our dogs are in foster homes or with trainers until we can get them into a foster home. There is always a long list of hopeful shelter dogs too. Many of those dogs are in imminent danger of euthanasia and must be our priority. If your current dog can stay in your home we can help you find a suitable adopter by posting in our Courtesy Listing section.
How do I get my dog listed in the Courtesy Listing?
Send us an email with your dog's name, your contact information and pictures/videos that showcase your dog. Check our current dogs listed in our Courtesy Post section for reference. You can email them to CourtesyPost@AllShepherdRescue.com. In many cases we can help you with the prescreening of applicants to ensure your dog finds a wonderful home.
Where do you get your dogs from?
Our dogs come from many states...we try to help dogs in local shelters in the metro area. Most of our dogs come from shelters where they are slated for euthanasia if not adopted or rescued. A few of our dogs are from owners that can no longer care for their dogs. Some of our dogs are from as far away as Puerto Rico where we try and help the overburdened rescue workers as often as we can.
What is the screening process for your dogs?
Our dogs are evaluated for temperament and health prior to being accepted into ASR. They are continually evaluated while in foster or at the trainer. We will not place a dog we know to be aggressive to humans into a foster home or an adoptive home. ASR will disclose any and all known health issues prior to adoption. Some dogs come to us heartworm positive or with other treatable illnesses. We do not routinely have X-rays done of our dogs unless they are symptomatic and we will disclose any orthopedic or other issues known to us as well as any treatments done or prescribed by the attending veterinarian. Our dogs are evaluated by at least one vet prior to joining ASR and will be up to date on vaccinations. Our dogs are screened for common tick borne illnesses - Erlichia, Heartworm and Lymes diseases and will be up to date on Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives. Our dogs will also be spayed or neutered unless age or health did not allow us to have them fixed prior to adoption - in which case we will work with you to get it done while in your care.
Why does it cost so much to adopt?
Dogs can be expensive. Consider the costs for basic vetting exams, vaccinations (puppies need several sets), monthly preventatives (heartworm and flea/tick), spay/neuter and in some cases deworming, heartworm treatment and surgeries (see some of our medical dogs). Add to that transportation, boarding and training. Our adoption fee of $350 normally doesn't even cover the cost of basic vetting and the spay or neuter of a dog. All of this is why your donations are badly needed and so critical to the welfare of these wonderful dogs!
How can I donate?
You can donate through Paypal. You can send a check, payable to ASR, to the PO Box, or you can donate in person at any of the events we are hosting.
What can I donate?
We accept cash, checks, credit cards (through our Paypal account), all gift cards (if we cannot use them we can raffle them off to raise money for the dogs), blankets, sheets, leashes, bowls, dog toys, collars, unopened bags of treats and food, your time and love. One of the most rewarding and immediately helpful things you can donate is a temporary home as a foster parent to help a needy dog.