Who We AreWith shelters and pounds available for unwanted or surplus dogs, why is there a need for breed rescue groups? In an ideal world every dog would have a safe and loving home for its entire lifetime. Sadly, we do not live in that ideal world. All kinds of dogs end up in shelters and the shelters have all they can do to find homes for even a small percentage of them. Purebred rescue groups help to ensure that dogs of the breed they love receive a good chance at a better life. We can usually hold dogs longer than a public shelter and often can devote greater resources to individual dogs because we have fewer dogs to deal with. Our experience with the Shar-Pei gives us an advantage over the public shelter when it comes to assessing each dog?s temperament. Also many prospective owners may prefer to obtain a dog from an expert of the specific breed they are interested in.
We have all seen horror stories on the news of dogs being rescued from deplorable situations and we may envision all rescue dogs coming from a background of cruelty or severe neglect. The fact is that most dogs are abandoned because of their owners? ignorance or indifference rather than actual abuse. Many are strays that go unclaimed while others are turned in by their former owners who no longer want them for a variety of reasons. Certainly each dog has a story and whatever the cause, the dog?s life is at risk unless a new and better owner can be found. We work closely with shelters and pounds who call us to rescue the dog before they have to euthanize it.
The Shar-Pei is a medium-sized dog. They are generally muscular and should weigh around 40 to 50 pounds. They come in many solid colors and two different coat types. A Horsecoat has short (1/8"), dense hair and the Brushcoat has hair up to one inch in length. A Shar-Pei also should have a solid bluish-black tongue. Poorly bred specimens of even common breeds can be difficult to positively identify because the characteristics one expects to see in that breed may be missing or hidden by bad breeding practices. In most cases, we must use our experience to make an educated guess as to whether or not the dog is a purebred Shar-Pei. The same usually applies to calculating the age of the dog.
Adopting a friendMost of the dogs have been in our care for a period of time which allows us to assess their temperament. We make every attempt to match the god?s personality with your family situation. For example, if you have small children and a cat, we will be sure that any dog you consider will get along with both. We will also ask you questions about the size of your yard and fencing, where you will keep the dog, why you want a dog and whether you have owned a dog in the past. We want to make sure that when we find a home for a dog we can feel comfortable that the dog will be cared for and able to stay there for the rest of its life. This is the reason we screen prospective homes so carefully. We require that you sign a written adoption agreement that, among other things, requires that if you ever decide you can?t keep the dog, for any reason, you must return the dog to us so that we can find it a new home. We will also ask you to pay an adoption fee that will help cover our direct expenses. In addition, we love to hear about our adoptees from time to time and we encourage you to keep in touch and let us know how our precious friends are doing.