Schnauzer and Fox Terrier Rescue League
CONGRATULATIONS to SKY, GCH AfterAll Painting the Sky, a ginger wire fox terrier, for winning BEST IN SHOW at Westminster Dog Show 2014!
HELP WITH SCHNAUZERS, WIRE FOX TERRIERS, IRISH TERRIERS, KERRY BLUE TERRIERS, AIREDALE TERRIERS, LAKELAND TERRIERS and WELSH TERRIERS
If you need help with your miniature schnauzer, wire fox terrier, irish terrier, kerry blue terrier or airedale terrier, please call 407-333-0524 or email email@example.com. We specialize in rehoming schnauzers, wire fox terriers, irish terriers, kerry blue terriers, airedale terriers, lakeland terriers and welsh terriers for owners who can no longer keep their dog due to change in circumstances such as a job relocation, divorce, birth of a baby, move to an apartment, move to extended care facility, marriage, job loss or the dog is not the right breed for their lifestyle. We do NOT buy or deal in the selling of dogs acquired from puppymills.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
We are in compliance with animal control shelter policies, city, district, county, state and federal laws regarding rescue and rehoming of canines. Florida does NOT have a rescue license. We will seek rescue licenses for the 37 states requiring a rescue group to obtain a license in order to pull, adopt, purchase, acquire and transport a dog from a shelter, puppymill, rescue group or individual starting with Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and other states.
We are in full compliance with the interstate and intrastate transport of rescue canines. Every rescue canine has a health certificate issued by a board certified vet and is filed with the required government agencies. Please note a dog CAN NOT be transported across state lines and a board certified vet signed health certificate CAN NOT be issued until the dog tests free and clear of ALL internal and external parasites. We test for all known canine parasites and zoonotic diseases. We use Antech Labs and Idexx labs and include PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing for contagious diseases. We quarantine our rescues following protocols set by the Center for Disease Control, USDA, State of Florida and recognized vet practices by board certified vets. We have several vets who have special quarantine rooms with separate ventilation. We have several retired individuals who provide long term care in their homes for canines with contagious diseases. They no longer own pets or have young children. Certain diseases require a 6 month quarantine prior to placement.
We require a fenced yard, prior miniature schnauzer, wire fox terrier, irish terrier, kerry blue terrier, airedale terrier, lakeland terrier and welsh terrier experience, current pets must be spayed/neutered and licensed, excellent vet and grooming references and agree to training and vet care stipulations in the adoption contract. We prefer to place schnauzers and terriers in homes with children over 8 years of age. We are a Florida based organization and prefer to place our rescues within the state of Florida to owners that meet our requirements and whose primary residence is in the state of Florida. We will need to arrange a homestudy for each residence if you own more than one residence. We do not allow our rescues to be placed in a home where an owner leaves their dog(s) or cat(s) in crates OR outside while at work, overnight or for any period of time not supervised by the owner. We do not allow our rescues to live outside. We do NOT allow dog houses, dog condo's or other such structures (e.g., igloo's) to be used outside or in a garage to house a pet either during the day or at night. We do not allow outside kennels or cement floored kennel runs. We want our rescues to be part of a family whether in foster care or in their new home. We evaluate schnauzers or terriers with young children prior to placement. We will make an exception IF a schnauzer or terrier is well socialized and the adopter demonstrates the ability to effectively manage a schnauzer or terrier with children under 8 years.
We do NOT charge an adoption fee. The adopter is responsible for payment of the vet bill paid directly to our vet and the grooming bill paid directly to the groomer. Please recognize the vet bill can be rather costly if the schnauzer or terrier is in poor health at time of rescue. We negotiated fixed vet costs at a significant reduction based on our rescue practices with 3 vet offices in Central Florida and vet offices in Clearwater, Miami, Naples, Wachula, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Ft Lauderdale and Wildwood. Younger rescue dogs have the highest cost vet bills due to the poor breeding of schnauzers and wire fox terriers sold in Florida and/or through internet sites. All adoptions are done at our vet offices. We do not transport dogs for adopters. If we are required to transport a dog, the adopter is responsible for gas and tolls. If you release your dog to our rescue group for rehoming, you are responsible for bringing the dog, signed owner release form and their medical records to one of our vet offices. We do not pick up dogs and deliver owner release dogs to rescue. If we are required to transport a owner release dog to rescue, gas,and tolls are paid by the owner and/or the adopter. We provide a Sun Pass report of toll charges and gas receipts. The adopter is responsible for all shipping costs, crate cost, shipping documents, filing fees required to ship a rescue dog outside of Florida.
We never keep or have kept our rescues in crates. We place one rescue per foster home. We transport our personal dogs and rescue dogs in crates in our cars to comply with Florida laws. If a rescue dog is sick and needs to spend time at a vet office they may be in a medical recovery room or quarantine room (with special ventilation) during their stay as deemed appropriate care by the vet.
Our foster homes are carefully selected and are governed by our foster care agreement. Our foster homes are inspected annually along with their vet records. We DO NOT ALLOW HOARDING situations to exist or develop with our foster homes. They must have at least one adult who is at home during the day or work at home, a fenced yard, no more than 2 personal dogs who are spayed/neutered, current on shots, on heartworm/flea/tick preventative and are well socialized and trained and no other pets. The foster home must have excellent vet and grooming references. We place our rescues in foster care after they are vetted (shots are current, spayed/neutered, microchipped, tested and treated for parasites or other medical problems). Certain dogs require specialized treatment and recovery care. They spend their recovery time with one of our specially trained foster homes.
Our fence policy is based on several factors:
1. our insurance policy which covers a wide range of conditions and issues.
2. the wishes of the former owner that are expressed in their owner release contract with our rescue group. We respect the wishes of the former owner if they want their dog placed in a home with a fenced yard.
3. several animal control officers from 5 large county animal control facilities contacted us expressing their concern that we did not have a "no fence" policy.
4. we have accepted screen enclosed patio and pool areas in lieu of a fenced yard. We prefer an electric fence be installed by the Invisible Fence Company (brand) as secondary backup to the enclosed patio and pool area. We do not recommend visiting local dog parks due to diseases prevalent around Florida.
We have never required an adopter take classes with a veterinarian on how to care for a wire fox. We have never heard of a rescue group requiring an adopter take classes with a vet.
We may require an adopter enroll in a obedience training class to learn basic commands and manners with a young rescue dog. Our trainers (6 terrier trainers located around Florida) are available to new adopters if they are having a problem with their new family member. Our trainer located in Longwood FL provides several hours of private training with the adopter, the rescue dog and their family members (humans and pets) at no charge.
We have retained all emails and telephone records since April 3, 2000. We recently became aware of several individuals looking to buy/adopt a wire fox puppy who spoke with Lynn Comstock of Thornton's Wires located in Clermont, FL. They mistakenly thought they spoke to Lyn Townsend of Schnauzer and Fox Terrier Rescue League of Heathrow, FL, Nantucket, MA and Palo Alto, CA. Lynn Comstock is an outstanding show breeder and a member of the AFTC and WFTCCS. She has a strict policy requiring a fenced yard for puppy buyers and is very careful as to where she places her incredible puppies. Lynn is the only AFTC and WFTCCS breeder located in Florida. Schnauzer and Fox Terrier Rescue League very rarely has a wire fox terrier rescue puppy. We recently had 3 wire puppies in February 2013. Previous rescue wire puppy (under 3 months of age) was in Feb 2008. A big thank you to Lynn Comstock for her generous support of rescue. Lynn has been a volunteer with our rescue for more than 10 years. She provides foster care, training, evaluation, transports and adoptions for our rescue dogs. Lynn cared for, socialized and trained the litter of 5 lakeland puppies we rescued in 2007.
We do NOT receive funding from national breed clubs nor do we engage in fund raising activities. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS OF GOODS, SERVICES or MONETARY DONATIONS. This policy will change once we have the required 501c3 determination letter, mandatory solicitation licences and out of state rescue licenses for 17 states.
DONATIONS TO THE AKC
The late Diane Albers, the Florida AKC Rep, was a tremendous help to the canine rescue groups during the hurricane seasons of 2004, 2005 and 2006; and after the tornadoes and the fires. Her efforts saved many canine lives. She is dearly missed. She was a neighbor, friend and ally to the canine world in Florida. She simply got things done! She helped us by providing borrowed canoes and hip waders so we could rescue wire fox and smooth fox terriers on a very hot and steamy sunday between hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. The wires and smooths were the property of several puppy mills located in lower Polk and neighboring counties. The Peace River overflowed and stranded the wires and smooths on small areas of land with no access other than by small boats. The wires and smooths were in danger of dying due to dehydration and lack of food. We were able to save the wires and smooths with Diane Alber's help.
Please consider making a donation to the AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund
If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, you may send it to:
AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund
American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue - 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016-2401
Or donate online at http://www.akc.org/donations.
The AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund is a permanent charitable fund which provides resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for domestic animals orphaned or displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters.
Click here for more information on preparing for a disaster. http://www.akc.org/news/disaster_preparedness
We are experiencing a high volume of emails and telephone messages left with our answering service. We apologize if you do not receive a timely reply. Please request an application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We will discuss available dogs AFTER we receive a completed application returned by email. It typically TAKES 4-6 weeks to process an application, schedule and complete a home visit, verify references and place a dog. We are volunteers and do NOT have the time or resources to answer every telephone call/message or respond to every email. We receive an average of 61 completed applications for each rescue dog listed on petfinder. All adoptions are done at our vet offices. WE DO NOT DELIVER OUR DOGS FOR ADOPTION.
We REPRESENT the needs of the rescue dog we are trying to save, rehabilitate and rehome. We do NOT represent the needs of the applicant or the breeder. We find homes for the dogs we rescue. Please call 407-333-0524 for information concerning adoption or release of a dog to rescue.
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