When a dog can no longer be kept by their owners, many owners are reluctant to take their pet to a shelter. This is understandable because some shelters will not keep dogs for very long. Instead, the owners contact a rescue for their dog's breed and ask them to place the animal in a new home. Most pure breeds have rescues. Often, if dogs have been placed in a shelter, the shelter will contact us to place the dog. The dogs available through a rescue are often adult dogs who need new homes usually because of some unforeseen circumstance, such as death, moving, divorce or expanding family. Occasionally younger dogs are available, but there are very few under three years of age.
When you contact a rescue, unlike a shelter, you are contacting a person's private home. Be aware of this and realize that you may be calling during the person's dinner, children's bath or bedtime, or during some other private home issue. You are NOT calling a shelter office. Also be aware that there are no rescue "visiting hours," because the dog is in a private home.
If you decide to adopt a Maltese rescue, you will be asked to fill out an extensive application or questionnaire. It is important to fill out the entire document. Your email address is necessary since this is the primary way a rescue will contact you. There is always an adoption donation requested. This is the way a nonprofit rescue receives funds to continue its work. Many health issues are taken care of before a dog leaves a rescue: spaying, neutering, immunizations, teeth and such. Because of the cost of veterinary care, donations are very important. The rewards we receive from working in rescue are not monetary in any way and are only those of a successful adoption.