There are many ways to help poundies, and there are many ways that they need help. Some people aren’t able to foster due to circumstances, but they can help transport dogs in need to their rescue or forever home. Some people love to fundraise, others want to offer a forever home to an ex-poundie. Here are some ways that you can help poundies:
Donating really does save lives and without donations from kind people who care about poundies, the pound helpers and rescue organisations wouldn’t be able to save so many. Please consider donating to one of our poundies; see Urgent Poundies Needing Funds for details of poundies who are currently on death row and need funds to help save them.
Becoming a fosterer for rescued dogs is very rewarding, but it can be difficult both logistically and emotionally. If you have your own dog(s) they will need to be kept separate for a while until you can assess your foster dog and introduce them to your own dog slowly. Emotionally, you often get attached to your foster dog and it is hard to see him or her go to a new home, but it is completely worth it to see them happy and settled enough to go to their forever home, especially if you know that had they not had a foster lifeline, then they may well not be here any more.
Fostering poundies is slightly different to fostering through a rescue: as poundies are unassessed and we have no history on them, they have to go to experienced fosterers who have no young children and no cats, and if they have dogs then they must be able to keep them separate for a while until your foster dog settles in.
Fosterers are a lifeline for poundies, and they are like gold dust! If you would like to become a fosterer, please contact us and will be able to put you in touch with a pound helper group or rescue organisation near you.
Dogs who have offers of rescue spaces often need to be transported to that rescue space, sometimes over quite a long distance. This is usually done in a transport link, where volunteers do parts of the journey and meet up at eg service stations along the way to swap the dog(s) over to the next transporter. Transporters are a vital part of the rescue process, and the only requirement is a car, some free time, and a love of poundies! If you would like to become a transport volunteer, this facebook page is a good place to start: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171773966200431/?ref=ts&fref=ts
4. Choose to rescue, not buy… offer a home to a rescued dog:
If you would like to add a new canine companion to your family, please choose to adopt a rescue dog rather. By choosing a reputable rescue (a reputable rescue will always neuter, vaccinate and microchip all dogs before they are rehomed (or ask for verification that your dog has been neutered at 6 months if you take a puppy), and they will have a no-kill policy, conduct home checks, and offer lifetime back up to the dog so that if for whatever reason you are no longer able to keep your dog they will go back to the rescue). By taking a rescue dog you save two lives; the dog you welcome into your home and the poundie or other rescue dog who will then have a place in the rescue. Rescue dogs are wonderful companions, and although some people want a puppy so that they can get them to fit in with their lives, a good rescue will only place a dog they know will suit your lifestyle and almost all rescue dogs fit into their new homes so well… without all the puppy training! Rescue dogs are far from “damaged goods”; they are healthy, loving dogs who want someone to love and to love them back. In most cases, rescuers look at the dogs who come into their care and wonder how anyone could possibly have let the dog go, how they could bear to part with them as they are such wonderful, loving dogs.
There are thousands of rescued dogs who are waiting for their own family and a warm bed to call their own; could you be their forever family? For a list of rescues, please visit our page Rescue Organisations.
5. Don’t breed!
No matter if you “only want to have one litter”, or know that your dog’s puppies will be adorable and you already have homes lined up, for every dog that has a litter of puppies, that number of dogs won’t make it out of the pound alive. Breeding really is a death sentence for dogs already in the pound system, as it means that for every puppy that is homed a dog in rescue doesn’t get a home, and the spaces in rescues don’t becoming available for poundies. It could also be a death sentence for the puppies in future; all dogs who find themselves in the pound have come from somewhere, and it is likely that they were born because someone genuinely thought that they would have homes for life, or who thought “it’s just one litter”.
A sobering fact is that 7 out of 10 staffies don’t live to see their third birthday. This has to change.