In rescue, we pull at-risk dogs from shelters and bad situations. Through love, care and networking we can find them forever homes. However, every rescue gets into a bind when they find themselves with an unadoptable dog due to behavioral issues. Dogs with severe behavioral issues are a strain both financially and emotionally on rescues. They have limited resources available to them. For this reason, we are so excited to introduce you to our newest BOGO partner, All Breed Rescue & Training. They said, We only rescue dogs deemed unadoptable because of behavioral, medical, or training-related issues.
All Breed Rescue & Training (All Breed or ABRT) is a nonprofit dog rescue and training organization based in Colorado Springs. Since 1994, they've been rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding forever families for dogs deemed unadoptable and facing euthanasia. Our 98% adoption success rate proves that our positive reinforcement- and relationship-based training works. They offer this training to the whole community”our many on-site, certified, trainers can help make your canine a happy member of your family, always.
We talked with Nichola Kostich, Business Giving Coordinator, to learn more about this amazing group.
What is involved in keeping a foster-based rescue going? (How many adoptable dogs are in your program? Where do your dogs come from?)
There's a lot that goes into keeping a rescue going. We depend on volunteers and student trainers as well as paid staff to help care for the foster dogs living at the facility. Our adoption team is reviewing applications for the dogs, making introductions and doing home checks for all potential fosters and adopters. There is an endless need for fundraising and community awareness to support our cause. We have approx 50 dogs in foster care at the present time plus up to 8 living at our facility actively looking for foster or forever homes. All of our dogs are rescued from local shelters and in danger of being euthanized. This is our mission statement:
Rescue, Rehab, Rehome, (re)Train at-risk shelter dogs and provide professional education services for all dog owners.
What are some of the things your group is known for?
Positive reinforcement, relationship-based, no force training and our 98% success rate for adoptions!
Describe some of the more challenging moments in rescue and how you/the other volunteers got through it.
We receive dozens of calls, emails and other requests per day from people looking to surrender their dogs. We do not accept owner surrenders but encourage training to help alleviate the problems which cause them to want to surrender their dog in the first place. It is extremely sad to us that the fate of the dogs we do not accept is unknown and often grave. We focus on the dogs we can save, retrain and rehome plus the educational services we offer to the community to help keep dogs in their current homes.
What is the most rewarding part about fostering? What would you say to others who are considering fostering for a group like yours?
The only way we are able to rescue a dog is if we secure a foster home first. Many people feel that they could not foster as they would become too attached and they can't afford to keep another animal. We understand the emotional side of fostering is that ultimately the dog will go to live somewhere else, but think about the alternative. It is a great feeling knowing you helped save a life!
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