Rescue Cavaliers come from a number of places. Some may come from shelters, others, through no fault of their own, need to find a new home due to the divorce, death, or incapacity of their owners. Many come from commercial breeders who can no longer sell their puppies easily due to the economy. Others may come from people who have seen this cute little puppy in a pet store window and bought it on impulse, giving little thought to the fact that the puppy would have to be socialized, housebroken and trained, and will demand the attention of their owner.
More dogs are coming into rescue than ever before. They are usually not puppies, but adults. Adopting an older dog, even with issues, can be a very rewarding experience.
Prior to completing the Preliminary Adoption Application, keep in mind the following:
- Although we place each Cavalier on a case by case basis, it is rare, if ever, we place a rescue Cavalier in a home without a safe and secure fenced yard.
- Some of our rescue Cavaliers have health issues. They may be without symptom, or may require medication, or at the very least, veterinary monitoring.
- A rescue Cavalier is not an opportunity to find a reduced price Cavalier.
- Adoption of a rescue Cavalier can be a very slow process. We never jump to place one of the dogs in the first home that might come along. We want the placement to be forever and do everything we can to make sure it is the right match. If you are interested in adopting any Cavalier through the ACKCS Rescue Trust, you will need to do at least three things: Read "Is A Rescue Cavalier The Right Dog For You?" and "How Rescue Has Changed" and then complete a preliminary adoption application. Do not complete the application until you have read the articles mentioned. Please give this decision some real thought and consideration prior to completing that application.
Keep in touch with the Director for the region you reside in. Be patient. It may take a long time, but it will be worth it.