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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Are your dogs altered (spayed/neutered)?
Yes.  All of our dogs, if not already altered when they arrive at Rescue, are spayed or neutered shortly afterward.
   
Why is it so important to have your pet spayed or neutered?
There are many reasons why it is important.  The main one would be to help prevent the suffering and deaths of millions of animals.  Millions of animals (who were once "cute" kittens and puppies) end up suffering as strays, or are euthanized because they are no longer wanted or cared for.   Many of these animals are the result of unwanted and/or unplanned litters.  Another reason is to have a better behaved animal.  Also a spayed or neutered animal will live a longer, healthier life (an average of 2 to 3 years longer than an unsterilized animal).  Click here to find out more about spaying and neutering
   
Do your dogs have their current vaccinations?
Yes.  All of our dogs have their current vaccinations and are on heartworm preventative.
   
Are your dogs tested for heartworms?
Yes.  All of our dogs have been tested for heartworm disease.  If a dog is heartworm positive, depending on the intensity of the illness, they are either given intense heartworm treatment (which takes several months), or they are given Heartgard monthly, which is considered a "slow kill" (kills the worms gradually).
   
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals.  Heartworm infected dogs showing no signs or mild signs have a high success rate with treatment. Patients with evidence of more severe heartworm disease can be successfully treated, but the possibility of complications and mortality are greater.

While treatment of canine heartworm disease is usually successful, prevention of the disease is much safer and more economical. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection.  Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs and cats via mosquitoes.  So, if you live in Texas, you MUST give your dog or cat heartworm preventative medication (such as Heartgard). 

   
Why do you only take beagles? Isn't that "discrimination" so to speak?
There are many rescue groups for many breeds.  Some rescue groups take in any breed.  The reason we (and other breed-specific groups) only take one particular breed is because our volunteers are very knowledgeable of that breed, and can educate potential adopters of that breed.  This helps prevent the dog being returned because "we didn't know this type of dog digs, howls, runs away, etc.".  Many people do not realize that all breeds are different.  For instance, hounds are scent dogs and cannot be allowed to "run loose".  They are also "food thieves" and cannot be free-fed, and can be very stubborn.  German Shepherds can be allowed to "run loose" with proper training, as may other dogs.  German Shepherds are also "herders" and "protectors", as are other "shepherds" such as Shelties.  Some breeds are good with children, some are not, the list goes on. It is impossible (unfortunately) to rescue EVERY dog, but you would be amazed at how many rescue organizations there are out there.

   
Is crate training cruel?
Absolutely not.  The dog is a natural den animal. He/she is very comfortable in a small space. When their crate is left open, many dogs choose to sleep inside that crate. Often if there is a lot of confusion (company, construction, noise, etc.), a dog will seek out his/her crate as a place of safety (think of it as their bedroom).

The crate should NEVER be used for punishment. If it is needed as "time out" for bad behavior, the pup or dog should still be put in the crate with a pat on the head. "Kindly but firmly" is the ticket.

Many people think confining a dog to a crate (to prevent it from digging, chewing, or hurting itself) is cruel.  But dumping your dog at a shelter is much more cruel, because 99 out of 100 times, the dog will be euthanized.

   
I can no longer take care of my dog.  Can your organization take  him/her?
Please visit our Giving Up Your Dog page.
 
Where do most of your dogs come from?
The majority of our dogs come from local shelters.  Some Beagles we rescue are strays, and some were dumped off at the shelter by their owners.  Most "owner-turn-ins" Beagles are dumped for reasons (and not good ones), such as "I don't have time for him/her anymore", "Nobody will take care of him/her", or because the dog howls, or digs, or chews.   Many people think confining a dog to a crate (to prevent it from digging, chewing, or hurting itself) is cruel.  But dumping your dog at a shelter is much more cruel, because 99 out of 100 times, the dog will be euthanized.
   
Are rescue dogs problem dogs?
Although some do come in with behavioral problems, most rescue dogs are not a "problem".  It just takes a commitment for proper training in most cases.  Please read our "Are You Right for a Rescued Dog?" page.
   
Aren't most dogs dropped off at shelters or picked up by Animal Control eventually adopted?
No.  In 1997 alone, Harris County Rabies and Animal Control reported that a total of 21,695 dogs arrived at their shelter.  Of that 21,695 dogs, only 1,475 were reclaimed by their owners.  Even less than that (539 dogs) were adopted.  Approximately 350 were picked up by rescue organizations.  A total of 19,326 dogs were euthanized at Harris County Rabies and Animal Control in 1997.  Amazing and heartbreaking, isn't it?  Believe it or not, some owners are contacted when their dogs are picked up, and they choose to just leave them there.  Dogs turned in or refused by their owners are the FIRST dogs to be euthanized.
   
How many dogs are euthanized in shelters each year?
In Harris County alone, approximately 97,000 dogs are euthanized each year.  That is approximately 265 dogs PER DAY
   
What happens to a dog when the owners take him/her to a shelter?
For a realistic view of what happens to a shelter dog, please view The Fate of a Shelter Dog
   
Why are there so many dogs and cats in shelters?
Sigh.  Where should I start?  First of all, and most importantly, the majority of pet-owners in the United States are not getting their animals spayed or neutered.  So many organizations offer low-cost, and sometimes FREE spay/neuter services and people still do not do it.  This results in many many unwanted litters of puppies/kittens.  Then the pet-owner may give the babies away, or the babies may become stray, therefore the cycle continues. 

Also, many people decide they want a pet without giving much thought to the responsibility of pet ownership.  They may not properly train the animal, which results in the animal going to the bathroom in the house, destroying things in the home, etc.  These animals usually end up as "outside" animals, either left in the back yard or chained up.  The ones left in the back yard most likely will escape and become stray - resulting in the ultimate suffering of the dog, and if not spayed/neutered - producing more "unwanted" stray animals.  Needless to say, the ones "chained up" suffer as well.  Think of living YOUR life chained up!  Many pet-owners decide that they "really don't have time for" their pet anymore, and take them to the shelter.

I cannot tell you how many times we have heard "We cannot deal with our dog anymore because he destroys the house when we are gone".  But when crate-training is suggested, we are told "Oh no, crate training is cruel!"  Another one we hear often is "I had a beagle, but it ran off".  Many people do not research breeds before getting a dog.  They are different breeds for a reason - not just appearance - but many other reasons.  Hounds cannot be left off-leash in an unfenced area - they will track a scent and follow it without paying attention to their surroundings, which results in the dog becoming lost or "stray". 

   
How many rescue organizations are there?
There are many many rescue organizations.  Many rescue organizations "specialize" in a particular breed.  You can find a rescue organization for just about any breed of dog or cat - even rabbits, ferrets, snakes, iguanas & guinea pigs have rescuers!! 
   
I want to fill out your online application, but I am worried about my personal information being accessed.  Do you share the information you get with other companies?
No.  We do not share your personal information.  Please view our Privacy Statement for more information.

 

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