SPDR Breed Reps also help people who already own a dog. Reps will frequently counsel owners who intended to rehome their dog, helping them work through problems and thus enabling them to keep their dog. When the situation warrants rehoming and the dog is an acceptable candidate, the SPDR Breed Rep will work closely with owners to help them find an appropriate new home.
Adopting an SPDR dog comes with its own support sytem: the SPDR Breed Rep.
As a result of an SPDR Breed Rep’s guidance during adoption, prospective adopters are able to:
1. Learn more about a particular breed before making a decision to adopt.
2. Determine whether a particular breed is right for their lifestyle and expectations.
3. Avoid spending days or weeks visiting shelters in search of a particular breed.
4. Get a knowledgeable opinion about a specific dog to determine its unique characteristics, adoptability, and appropriate “fit” for their household.
At the heart of SPDR’s rescue and adoption process are volunteers we call Breed Reps. These individuals are the backbone of SPDR -- their first-hand, in-depth knowledge of their breed is what sets SPDR apart.
A typical SPDR Breed Rep has extensive knowledge and experience with a particular breed. Often they have been involved in training and showing the breed, and are sometimes active with local or national breed clubs. SPDR Breed Reps understand the specific health, behavior, and personality traits of the breed, and have a personal interest in rescue.
Once they agree to become a Breed Rep for SPDR, they undergo rigorous training and a trial period to ensure complete understanding of SPDR's mission, policies, and procedures.