At the heart of SPDR’s process are volunteers we call Breed Reps. These volunteers have extensive experience with a particular breed. Many have dedicated years to working, training, showing, breeding and rescuing dogs, often through local and national breed clubs. Their special knowledge of a breed is what sets SPDR apart.
After submitting a written adoption application, a potential adopter will be interviewed by phone or in person. Before any adoption is finalized, the adopter’s home and yard will be checked by an SPDR volunteer to verify fencing and other requirements.
Once this screening process has taken place, patience is required. SPDR Breed Reps will work hard to identify a good match for your needs and specific requirements.Once an appropriate match has been made, SPDR Breed Reps provide ongoing support in dog ownership issues, training, and activities. Our goal is not only a successful adoption, but a life-long match.
Each week, SPDR volunteers visit local shelters to identify purebred dogs -- which comprise roughly 25% of all dogs found in shelters.
In addition, SPDR is contacted by individuals who can no longer keep their purebred dog.
Depending on the availability of generous volunteers, SPDR may place dogs from the shelter into temporary foster homes.
Wherever possible, SPDR attempts to refer prospective adopters directly to these available dogs -- either by sending adopters to the shelter, or to the individual who is holding the dog, or to one of our foster homes.