How Does NESSR Work
All volunteers who work with NESSR are expected to work in this way when dealing with a request to rehome/rescue a dog. And lets distinguish between the two there is REHOMING and there is RESCUING.
Lets first deal with
1) A number of dog wardens and vets around the UK know of our work and the way we work and like dealing with us. If they have a dog come in that they feel would benefit from our help they call and we will go and get the dog in question.
2) When groups of dogs are posted as "found" we have on occasion rung the dog warden in question to offer our service should no owner turn up or no other rescue closer offer help. On every occasion that we have done this the dog wardens have been suprised, shocked and over joyed that anyone would offer help. Both the Luton lads and the luton girls came to us in this way and no one else EVER offered to help them. They would have all been put to sleep if NESSR had not stepped in ....... as would have Harvey Cocker.
3) NESSR takes dogs in from other rescue organisations when asked to do so. These dogs tend to have health or behavioural issues which need the special care and attention that a breed rescue can help with.
1) We get daily calls from people asking for help, either a change in personal circumstances or the behaviour of the dog are the prime reasons given for giving up a dog to a rescue. WE DO NOT JUDGE THEM WE TRY TO HELP THEM.
2) IN EVERY CASE we try to explore alternative options to rehoming, we suggest they seek professional advice and point them in the right direction if they are willing to put the time and effort into training the dog in question. Sadly most people who call have gone beyond help or are just not interested.
3) We then try to stagger when dogs come in so that we are not inundated but when we feel a dog is at risk eg the owner is threatening to have them put to sleep if we do not take them in like yesterday. THEN WE ACT FAST. Or they are dogs that would be prime targets of puppy farmers as they are young and not neutered then we have to act quickly before the dogs are sold on. Believe you me there has been many a time when we have everything all set up only to ring back the owner and be told they have sold it or rehomed it already.
4) There are also times when we ring back and owners have changed their minds, we are happy when this happens.
5) If the case is not urgent then we will try to visit the owner and assess the dog or get a local volunteer to do this for us. We try very hard to get the family to work through their dogs issues to seek the right sort of advice from a behaviourist even left them with some books. Sadly at the end of the day some families just want rid of the dog no matter how much we try to help.
6) We can not offer owners RESPITE. We are not a boarding kennels, every space we have is taken up with needy cases and there are always more waiting to come in. If owners want respite they need to put their hands in their pockets and pay for kennels.
7) There are many times when owners have been less than truthful about the health or behaviour of their dogs so that we end up with huge vet bills. There are also times when people turn up unannounced at Cynthia's and dump their dog with her without a care in the world and mumbling that they can't afford to contribute to their care whilst jangling their gold “bling” and driving off in their smart sports cars.
FINALLY WE DO NOT BUY OR SELL DOGS AND NEITHER DO WE GIVE DOGS AWAY FOR FREE. WE ASK FOR A DONATION WHEN WE REHOME OUR DOGS. ON AVERAGE A DOG COSTS US £130 to £160 TO RESCUE/REHOME. ON AVERAGE OUR DONATIONS ARE PROBABLY MUCH LESS THAN THAT A DOG BECAUSE MANY OF OUR OLDIES ARE SENT OUT ON FOSTER AND WE DO NOT ASK FOR A MINIMUM DONATION.