Animal rescue comes in many forms. For example, helping a kitten out of a tree is rescuing or finding a dog stranded somewhere and helping it finds its owner is rescuing. But taking rescuing to another level is what the rescue groups do. It is these groups that take the unwanted, almost dead or waiting to be euthanized dogs and cats and provide them a home in their home or a foster home until they are adopted to their new fur-ever home. Without rescues in this world, most dogs and cats would end up dead. That is the sad truth of the matter.
Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue (NAR) in Okatie, SC rescues abandoned, unwanted, abused and neglected dogs. They then help them heal and start them over fresh and new. That is the name of the game right? Everyone says we should recycle and “Go Green” well you cannot get much greener than adopting a dog. You are “re-homing” them. They are being recycled. Getting a recycled dog is helping the community as well. By adopting from a rescue or shelter it is saving taxpayer’s money by keeping them out of the shelters and having to pay to have them fed and taken care of and then euthanized and disposed of. Yes, people it costs money and guess who pays for it – You Do! So recycle and check out Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue. Now remember when visiting their site, some of these dogs were in really bad shape when brought into NAR. There are some really graphic pictures that show just how abused and neglected these dogs were. This is why it is so important to read these articles and learn as much as you can about rescuing and what really is involved before you purchase a dog from a breeder. Every dog purchased from a breeder just cost one its life in a shelter.
The adoption fee is $150 and all the dogs are spayed/neutered, micro chipped, updated on shots and house and crate trained. They only adopt out healthy dogs meaning they went through all their medical issues and finished heartworm treatment if needed. All dogs are HW negative before adoption. The dogs are evaluated before they go anywhere by their trainer Alison Armao and working with them and training with them is part of the NAR’s rehabilitation program. All dogs they take in first get all emergency medical care and assessments since they all are abused cases and in very bad physical shape. Then they go into regular medical care for a while as needed. At this point they go into foster care with physical and emotional rehabilitation and training. The next step would be the adoption. NAR knows the dogs very well since they usually spent months in foster and they only adopt when NAR feels it is the right match for the dog and the adopter. To NAR it doesn’t matter which application comes in first, but rather what they see as the best living situation for the dog. NAR’s goal is to find fur-ever homes and to not have any dogs returned. That is always tough on the dogs and heart breaking after they already went through so much.
Adopting from NAR is not a quick process. This is pretty much no different at any rescue a potential adopter goes to. With NAR the first step is to download the application from the website and email it back to [email protected] or fax to 855.422.6662. It then takes a couple days to process it and Jennifer Smith, President of NAR, will make a phone interview. This is where she decides if it will be approval or not approval. The next step will be a home check where NAR will bring their trainer, Alison, and the dog the potential adopter chose and the trainer will do the introduction to the new home. Alison will give guidance and advice if there is another dog(s) or cat in the household; she also explains proper handling of the dogs or introduces younger children to make sure everybody is good. If Alison thinks it is ok then she will leave the dog and NAR will stay in touch for follow ups. During the first month it is always a foster-to-adopt month where the new guardian can get the $150 if they decide it is not working out and NAR also has the right to take the dog back if they feel it’s not working out.
There are many dogs available for adoption through NAR. They are also at Petco in Bluffton, SC each and every Sunday from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. This is a great way to go by and see the dogs they have for adoption and look for your recycled pet.
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