Educational Resources

Bringing Home A New Rescue Dog

It is critical to establish the concept with new dogs that 'Nothing in Life is Free' when you bring them home; it is also critical that you set boundaries, particularly if you have other pets or children in the home. This guide will help you do just that and ensure you get off to the right start with your newly rescued dog.

Behavioral Problem-Solving (Dogs & Cats)

This is our favorite A-Z guide on various naughty dog behaviors. For each behavior, you'll find a quick 2-page handout that explains why the behavior exists and how to solve it. At the core of solving many misbehavior is the 'Nothing in Life is Free' concept, so be sure to include that one in your reading list.

Crate & Rotate Plan

Many who find a stray feel they can't temporarily foster it because their resident dogs do not get along well with others. The reality is that it can be done if the finder is willing to adhere to a strict and safe 'Crate and Rotate' plan. They may even find that their non-friendly dogs actually don't mind the new dog as much as they thought -- it's all about setting boundaries and paying attention to cues from the resident (or found) dogs.

Rehoming Animals

First, check out these rehoming tips to ensure you go about it safely. Next, are you willing to hang on to this dog until a new home can be found? If yes, fill out our pet info form and we'll courtesy-list on our sites and help you screen for a safe and loving home. Don't give up your pet so easily to county-run shelters before asking if they are 'no kill.' Most in Georgia are not, which means animals surrendered to them can be put down on the day that they arrive to make space for other incoming animals.

Low Cost Vetting

Georgia is among the states with the highest pet overpopulation issue. Spay and neuter is critical to fixing this issue, but also offers benefits to you/your pet. Secondary to this, Georgia is a 'welcoming' host to most every kind of parasite to include heartworm and various other worms, fleas, ticks and more. Add to that reported cases of rabies right here in Atlanta; its often carried by wildlife your pets may have a chance encounter with. So protect them with low cost vetting, including spay/neuter, vaccinations and preventatives.

Northeast Rescue & Transport

Because the northeast doesn’t have the pet-overpopulation crisis that Georgia does, we have built relationships with rescue groups up there that allow us to rehome dogs in these states. Those trying to rehome a dog who might like to take advantage of this opportunity should read the requirements within this guide. Dogs receive more applications from out-of-staters and ultimately, find homes faster through these partnerships, but it does require some time and commitments on your part.

Danger: Free to a Good Home

People who advertise their pet as Free To Good Home, or ask for a small amount of money, do so with the faith that their pet will be well looked after. Some will be lucky and go to genuinely caring people. However, there are many people posing as good adopters who cruelly abuse or exploit pets.

Start Seeing Black Dogs

Did you know that Black Dogs are generally the last to be adopted and are euthanised in shelters in much larger numbers? People may consider them too “plain”, think they are menacing, or simply don’t notice them because their dark color makes them disappear in their kennels. Those involved in animal welfare have dubbed this phenomena "Black Dog Syndrome."

The Yellow Dog Project

Dogs wearing yellow harnesses or leashes are dogs who need space - they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog. Read more about the Yellow Dog Project.