We talk a lot about the rule of three. Do a keyword search on either our blog or on Facebook and you’ll find articles about this. So what exactly is the rule of three?
That’s a way of helping adopters to understand that bringing a rescue into your home will be work and that most of what you’ll be experiencing is very normal.
There are different ways to find the right dog for your family but for our conversation, we’re going to focus only on rescuing. The overwhelming majority of our dogs come from a high-kill rescue shelter in the poorest county in Kentucky. This shelter is a large one that smaller shelters bring their rescues to so that means there are not only a ton of dogs but it also means with so many people involved it’s impossible to know a dog’s story.
People ask us all the time why there are so many strays down south. The number one reason is the lack of spay and neuter which is sometimes a financial issue but often it’s simply the way it is. Poverty, bone-tired poverty is another reason. If you can’t even feed your children then a dog is going to be a problem. Lack of affordable vet care is another. It’s actually a long and complicated list but we’ll stop there.
There are rescues all over the country that only bring in the highly-adoptable dogs. The puppies, the most desirable breeds, the dogs with a background story. That would not be NEW PAWSibilities.
Before Jim opened he knew he wanted to bring in a mix of dogs, the puppies, the kind that fly out of here in nothing flat such as under fifteen pounds or even huge breeds such as Mastiffs. But he also wanted to rescue seniors, dogs with three legs, dogs who were deaf or blind, and those with behavioral issues.
No matter who you adopt there is a timeline to settling in and most situations fall into either three days, three weeks, or three months. The infographic below is a great way to look at the whole rule of three. It’s actually a lot like dating or any relationship.
We wish we had a detailed resume on each and every dog. We don’t. We know every dog does see a vet within thirty days of being adopted by the vet in Kentucky. Less than ten percent of the dogs we rescue have been fixed before found or surrendered. So the vet will do spay or neuter surgery, typically the day before they leave, as well as a general wellness check along with all the required vaccinations. If a problem doesn’t present itself the vet doesn’t do extensive tests. Here’s an example. A dog could arrive with a heart murmur. He could have hearing loss in one ear but be compensating and you’d never know it. Maybe there’s an old injury that isn’t giving him any problem. The vet doesn’t have the time and we don’t have to money to look for and fix problems that have not manifested themselves. If there is a problem such as hearing we always let people know and let them make a decision.
We don’t have a behaviorist or staff vet, we can barely keep the lights on these days, so unless a dog comes with a story such as he hates cats, he was chained for a year outside, he was physically abused by his owner, hit by a car, in a house fire, shot with a BB gun, we simply don’t have any way of sharing that information with you. The good news is most dogs don’t have any of those issues. Except for cats. Some dogs just don’t like cats.
We love dogs, all sizes, breeds, ages, and personalities. We want people to love the dog they adopt and we will help you through