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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


 
  1. Are rescue dogs free?
  2. How much will I have to donate to adopt a dog?
  3. Why do you have to call my vet?
  4. Why do you need to visit my house?
  5. Are rescue dogs in rescue because they're defective in some way?
  6. There are lots of places to get a dog. Why get a Chesapeake from you?
  7. If I get a rescue dog am I just adopting somebody else's problem?
  8. I have a dog I'd like to breed. Have you got any intact animals?
  9. I applied some time ago and haven't heard from anyone. When will I hear from a volunteer?
  10. Do you have any puppies ?
  11. Can I pick the age/color/gender dog I want?
  12. Why was my application denied?
  13. I want to help. What can I do?
  14. I want to give my dog to rescue. When can someone come and take my dog away or where can I drop him off?

  1. Are rescue dogs free?
    We ask for a donation. This donation helps to defray the cost of maintaining the dogs in CBRR&R's care and also helps to pay for spaying/neutering of the dogs in our care.
     
  2. How much will I have to donate to adopt a dog?
    The amount of the adoption donation depends on the age and health of the dog. Adoption donations start at $150.00, but are typically in the $300 to $350.00 range. The donation rarely covers the entire expense that CBRR&R has incurred while caring for the dog.
     
  3. Why do you have to call my vet?
    We are looking for a history of good health care for your pets.  Addressing health needs in a timely fashion and care over and above basic necessities.
     
  4. Why do you need to visit my house?
    Dogs in rescue have had a rocky start in life. Our job as a rescue is to make sure the dogs in our care have smooth sailing from here on out. We want the transition into their adoptive home to be their last transition. Ideally the adoptive family should be the dog's forever family. The home visit helps to insure the adoptive family and rescue are on the same page. This time spent talking with a rescue volunteer is a great time to ask questions!
     
  5. Are rescue dogs in rescue because they're defective in some way?
    NO!  Rescue dogs often arrive in our care through no fault of their own. Common reasons for a dog to land in rescue are owner's job loss, divorce, picked up as stray and owner couldn't be located or surrendered to us by an animal shelter.
     
  6. There are lots of places to get a dog. Why get a Chesapeake from you?
    So that you get the Chesapeake best suited to your lifestyle. We foster each dog in a volunteer's home. We typically do not house dogs in a kennel facility. Each dog is fostered for a minimum of two weeks so that we can make observations and assess what sort of home would be best for the animal. We have been very successful at matching dogs to homes because we take the time to get to know each dog and each applicant.
     
  7. If I get a rescue dog am I just adopting somebody else's problem?
    No!  Dogs arrive in rescue for a variety of reasons. Behavioral issues are typically discovered and addressed during the dog's stay in foster care. All health or behavioral issues are fully disclosed to the adoptive home. We want adopting a dog to be a good experience for everybody!
     
  8. I have a dog I'd like to breed. Have you got any intact animals?
    No. Our rescue dogs are spayed or neutered prior to placement in their forever home. Please do not breed your dog without having the appropriate health tests and clearances done by your vet. Your vet will want to check your dogs hips, eyes, and screen for genetic diseases so that hereditary issues are not passed on to the puppies.
     
  9. I applied some time ago and haven't heard from anyone. When will I hear from a volunteer?
    Under normal circumstances you should expect to hear from a volunteer within a week of submitting your application. Please keep in mind that we are an organization staffed entirely by volunteers and we try to fit rescue work into our lives with work, family and our personal dogs. Sometimes it takes a little longer than we'd like, but please try to be patient. The rewards are well worth it. If you've been waiting longer than 7 days, feel free to contact us.
     
  10. Do you have any puppies ?
    Occasionally we have puppies in rescue, but not on a regular basis. If you are set on rescuing a puppy chances are you'll have a pretty long wait. We often have lots of young dogs, but the puppies we tend to have in rescue are usually a bit older.
     
  11. Can I pick the age/color/gender dog I want?
    Yes, but the more specific you are about the attributes of the dog you'd like to adopt the longer your wait may be. If you are less specific we can often match you with a dog much more quickly. Keep in mind, though it is better to get the right dog for your family than to get one fast.
     
  12. Why was my application denied?
    We reserve the right to refuse an application if the home situation or environment is deemed incompatible with the needs of a rescued Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
     
  13. I want to help. What can I do?
    We appreciate that! You can help in many ways: Donations of time, money, Flea/Tick/Heart Worm preventive or even transportation are always appreciated!  If you'd like to be an active rescuer and help in a hands-on way please register and one of our volunteers will contact you.
     
  14. I want to give my dog to rescue. When can someone come and take my dog away or where can I drop him off?
    Hold everything! Is this something you really have to do? One of our long time volunteers has put together a web page full of valuable information for folks that are thinking about giving up their dog. Please take the time to read this page.  If your mind is already made up and your dog is spayed or neutered we can help by offering a free place to advertise your Chesapeake.