One Starfish Rehoming Connections
Our Featured Pet...
Hi Y'all. My name is Gandolph (but my nickname is "Bear"). My baby “sister” (an Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix) and I lost the only home we had ever known, when our owners moved away and left us behind to fend for ourselves outside in the yard. We waited and waited for them to come back, but they never came..... Finally a nice lady who lived nearby realized we had been abandoned, so she brought us food almost every day, and somehow Trixie and I survived in an old cold dog house all through last winter.
(The nice lady who was feeding us said that Trixie would have frozen to death if she hadn’t been able to curl up against my warm hair inside our dog house. But--if the truth be told--we kept each OTHER warm!)
Once spring arrived, though, the nice lady couldn’t afford to keep feeding us. In Arkansas--where we came from--there wasn’t any animal shelter in the area to take us in, so—like many homeless “stray” dogs down south—we were in danger of being shot by the authorities. Lucky for Trixie and me, a nice rescue in Wisconsin found out about us at the last minute, and they offered to take us in. Since then, life has been looking up for both of us!
Anyway, here we are in Wisconsin now, and all I ask for is a warm bed, good food, lots of love, and a home of my own again. Is that too much to ask?
(Trixie would love to come with me, but….she is kind of scared of people until she gets to know them, and she was never a “house dog” like I was, so she needs some work on socialization. She's not exactly "wild", but she's not the lover that I am! (If you are “up” for adopting both of us, that would be great. But…if not, that’s OK too.)
At any rate, I adore people as well as other dogs and cats, and I’m very gentle and loving and smart. My vet thinks I might be around 10 years old, but my foster “mom” thinks I might not be quite that old. (Since I’ve had a hard life, it’s hard to tell, but… their best guess is that I’m somewhere between 7 and 10 yrs. old.) I'm not sure what kind of "designer dog" I am, but my foster mom thinks I look a little like a Golden Retriever//German Shepherd/Otterhound cross. (I don't know where on earth she got the idea I have "Otterhound" in me, but I sure do have a classic "Golden" personality.) Just so you know....I did have some medical problems when I arrived (including heartworms, that I've received treatment for), and I feel great now! I have a little arthritis in my right front shoulder, but I get around just fine and I am such a happy guy. It feels great just to be alive--and to be loved. I’m extremely well housebroken (I am very modest and I go potty in the far corner of the yard.) I’m up to date on shots, I’ve been neutered and microchipped and wormed, and I’ve been successfully treated for heartworms. I like kids but they’re sometimes a little wild and noisy, so I would rather live in a nice quiet home without small children and I’d also like a big fenced yard to sniff around in.
I’m not a young puppy, but my kind spirit and the wisdom in my eyes will warm your heart. My adoption fee is negotiable to the perfect adopter. (My foster mom says that way she can wait for just the right person to come along to take me home.)
I’ve lived a hard life up until now and I would love to just settle in and enjoy my Golden Years with you. If you think you would be a good match for me, please write to my foster “mom” at: email@example.com and tell her about yourself, about your daily schedule, your other family members (kids, dogs, cats, etc.), if you have a safely fenced yard (please, no invisible fencing), and also please tell her why you think you’re a perfect match for me. We’ll be waiting to hear from you! Thanks so much!
Who We Are
While our rescue group does usually have a few dogs available for adoption (and we have a soft spot in our hearts for the special medical needs dogs), our main goal is to provide assistance to folks needing help in finding the right dog to adopt. The rescue world is virtually inaccessible to potential adopters who don't have access to a computer and/or are not computer savvy. Even for those who do find their way to Petfinder, dealing with rescues and various shelters can be very confusing and intimidating. Folks who don't understand the basic operational differences between shelters and rescues may not have any idea what questions to ask or what to expect when contacting a rescue and, consequently, they can easily become discouraged in their search.
We assist potential adopters by helping them understand how rescues work, what to expect in dealing with rescue groups, and the advantages and disadvantages of working with a rescue vs. a shelter. By networking with other rescues and shelters, we try to help potential adopters find the best pet for their situation and lifestyle. And, for those who don't have access to a computer, we will surf the net for them and then provide them with various leads to follow up on.
We also offer suggestions on a number of dog-related subjects, from tips on safely re-homing an animal to advice regarding which dog breed (or breed mixes) might be best for an individual's unique living and family situation.
At any given time, our own rescue has a very limited number of available dogs. However, if the animals we presently have available in our foster program don't meet someone's particular needs (or, vice versa) we offer assistance in their search for the perfect dog. Each year millions of dogs must be euthanized in shelters nationwide for the simple reason that there are more dogs bred than there are loving, adoptive homes. Puppy mills, pet shops, and casual breeders--those whose primary goal is making money by selling dogs--are the main reason for this heartbreaking statistic. By helping folks find the right dog to adopt from a rescue or shelter, we are doing our part to save these precious lives, one dog at a time....PLEASE CLICK ON THE GREEN ARROW BELOW TO WATCH A 5 MINUTE VIDEO THAT WE MADE RECENTLY. (BE SURE YOU HAVE THE VOLUME TURNED UP, SO YOU CAN HEAR THE MUSIC.) WE HOPE YOU APPRECIATE THIS ARTISTIC EFFORT THAT WE HAVE MADE ON BEHALF OF ALL THE HOMELESS ANIMALS, AND WE ASK THAT YOU SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW ANIMAL LOVERS.
WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
As the internet has become more popular, "networking" has become an important tool for those involved in animal welfare.
The number of rescue groups has grown each year, and rescues are now playing an increasingly important role in sharing the burden that used to be exclusively carried by shelters, humane societies, pounds, and animal control facilities.
The good news is that--as a result of the efforts all these rescue groups--more animals' lives are being saved.....
But the bad news is--because "rescue" is a fairly new concept--potential adopters often become discouraged and upset because they don't understand the ways in which rescues operate differently than shelters. And, we must admit, many rescue groups--either due to inexperience or rescue "burn-out"--often lack the empathy and patience needed to work with potential adopters and pet owners.
We are the first to admit that there is plenty of blame to go around. Unfortunately, each unhappy interaction that ends in disappointment, misunderstanding, or hard feelings results in an animal missing out on an opportunity to find a loving "forever" home. Worse yet, if a disgruntled potential adopter goes away with a negative impression of rescue, that person then tells other people about their negative experience--essentially discouraging others from adopting through rescue.
Naturally, not every inquiry will result in an adoption. Sometimes a rescue finds itself in a position of having to say "no" to a potential adopter, if they don't feel it is a good match for all involved.
But we feel "rescue" owes it to their animals as well as to each potential adopter to treat everyone with respect, and to recognize that each interaction with a potential adopter is an opportunity for learning and good will.
One Starfish Rehoming Connections has been doing rescue work for over ten years now, and we are well aware of the frustrations that rescues experience in their day-to-day dealings with the public.
But, we feel that no one has yet offered a forum for pet owners and potential adopters, to share THEIR experiences (both good and bad).
We feel strongly that "rescue" should be open to constructive suggestions regarding how we all might work together more effectively, which would--in turn--result in finding good homes for more needy animals.
We would like to encourage and promote better understanding and empathy between rescue groups and potential adopters like you.
In an effort to achieve this goal, we are in the process of creating a website called "UnderstandingDogRescue. net"
We want to include on our website information that will be useful to potential adopters as well as to rescues who want to learn how to work more effectively with public.
During this planning stage, we would appreciate your input.
We would like to hear your suggestions on such things as:
-what information we should include on our new website
-what misconceptions about "rescue" you have had in the past (and what misconceptions your friends and acquaintances might have)
-what common mistakes are made by rescue groups
-how you feel "rescue" in general could improve its working relationship with potential adopters
-how rescue might more effectively "spread the word" about adopting (rather than buying from a breeder or pet store)
If you would like to help us with this project, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you--in advance--for your suggestions and ideas!
(And--although we promise to carefully read and take to heart every e-mail we receive--please let us know if you would like a specific answer to a question or acknowledgment of your e-mail.)
Adopting a friend
Call us overly protective "mother hens", but we are looking for a few near-perfect adoptive homes for our foster dogs. Because all dogs are basically "pack" animals who enjoy spending time with their owner(s)--and because many of our available dogs have a previous history of neglect and/or abuse--we want them to enjoy a lot of quality time with their owners. (In other words, we prefer that they not be "latch key" dogs.) We also prefer that the adoptive family/couple/individual have no young children because most of our dogs are quite small and could easily be inadvertently injured or frightened by a youngster. Finally, we would like our dogs to be adopted by folks who own their own home and have a fenced-in yard.
Are we being overly fussy? Perhaps.... But our foster dogs are like our children, and we are willing to wait until what we believe to be the perfect home comes along! If you feel you would qualify to adopt one of our little ones, please e-mail us for an adoption application. (There is, of course, no implied obligation in filling one out.)
Prior to adoption, we ask for (and check) references as well as set up a time to visit the potential adopter in his/her own home to discuss the particular dog being considered. Our adoption fees vary somewhat, depending on our out-of-pocket expenses incurred in preparing each animal for adoption. All of our dogs are spayed/ neutered, microchipped, wormed, tested for heartworms, and immunized for rabies, distemper, and bordatella, and our fees normally range between $200 and $250.
We might not have the perfect dog that you are looking for in our own rescue program. But, once we have a better idea of your life situation and what kind of a dog you wish to adopt, we would be happy to help connect you with various shelters and other rescues (each of which has somewhat different adoption standards and requirements).
Many shelters either don't yet have a Petfinder link or aren't able to keep their postings updated on a daily basis, but we can help you connect with these shelters to determine what dogs they currently have available for adoption.
We hope you will give us the opportunity to help you untangle the "web" of various adoption options and to make the necessary connections. We offer this supportive service at no charge to you, and we receive no "incentives" from any shelter or rescue. What we do, we do for the animals, and because we enjoy working with folks in their search to adopt a dog that will fit their individual needs and lifestyle.
Puppy mills, pet stores, and backyard breeders--along with unsterilized pets--are the cause of the pet overpopulation problem. Light one candle of hope for these homeless animals by adopting a rescue or shelter dog, and be sure to spay/neuter ALL of your animals!
One Starfish Rehoming Connections
P.O. Box 404
Columbus, Wi. 53925
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