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Talking Basics: What Does It Mean to Rescue a Dog?

The term ‘rescue a dog’ is something that you might have probably heard but what does it really mean? This is what we aim to explore with today’s discussion. We hope that you’ll find it to be enlightening.

What is a “Rescue Dog”?

A rescue dog is usually defined as a dog that is taken in by a shelter or by authorities when the original owner of the dog is unable to care for the animal. We see this quite often in cases where there are dogfights. Authorities raid such places and take in the animals to get suitable care.

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In those cases, the dogs are usually taken to a local shelter that’s nearby or is taken to a vet before they are transferred over to a shelter or a rescue center. It is important that dogs which have been subjected to human cruelty get professional help as they will be under a significant amount of stress.

Differences between Shelter and Rescue


Shelters are often run by local governments. They generally take in homeless animals which have been seen walking around the area. Shelters are often mistaken for pounds. In fact, in other places, they are often interchangeable.

In places like the US and Canada, shelters are usually run by for-profit organizations that keep vets on hand to help with any sudden influx of animals.

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A rescue is a lot like a shelter except that they are primarily run by volunteers. They generally take a more personal approach towards housing and caring for animals. There are certain shelters that are usually private homes.

In a way, they’re a lot like foster homes. The people who care for the animals tend to be the ones to either provide any medical care or take them to a vet.

If you’re planning on adopting a dog, both a shelter and a rescue center are viable options. The truth is, it might be a bit harder to get a dog from a rescue as the caregivers tend to really observe and judge those who aim to get a dog. However, the dogs are generally better adjusted as they get emotional needs met, too. It’s up to you to determine which avenue you’ll want to pursue.

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