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On a typical day, Saving with Soul receives at least ten inquiries from people asking if we can take their dog (or a dog they found) into our rescue. The reasons given range from “we’re moving” to “someone dumped the dog in my yard” to “the dog just killed my parakeet.”
Unfortunately, we almost always have to say “I’m so sorry, but no, we can’t help,” and here’s why. Saving with Soul Pet Rescue is a foster-based rescue, which means we do not have a facility where we house our rescue dogs – all reside in private homes. As with most rescues, our foster homes stay full and the minute a space opens up, we have ten dogs waiting to get in. Since our mission is to save dogs who are risk for euthanasia in shelters, those dogs get priority when space becomes available.
However, from time to time we are able to take in “private” dogs – that is – dogs who are not in shelters but need to be rehomed.
If you would like to apply to have your dog taken into our rescue, please complete the following application as honestly and completely as you can. The information you provide will be reviewed so we can determine if we are able to help. There are no right or wrong answers; your responses will simply help us fully understand the situation.
NOTE: We do not take in stray animals who have not gone through the legal stray hold period. The best thing to do with an animal you find is to take it to your county shelter – that gives it the best chance at being reunited with its owner. If you apply to surrender your animal to Saving with Soul, you will be required to sign a document stating that you have the legal right to do so.
What Happens Next?
Saving with Soul Pet Rescue will review your application as soon as reasonably possible. If we determine that we are not able to help, we will let you know right away. If we feel we might be able to help, we will contact you to schedule a time to meet the dog (we do not approve any owner surrender applications prior to meeting the dog). Note that we give priority to dogs in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties due to logistical concerns.
Please understand that the process takes time – we are a volunteer-run group but we do our very best to save as many animals as possible. If your situation is an emergency and you need the dog gone immediately, the only option may be your county shelter. Yes, the local shelters are ALL kill shelters but most do their best to find homes for the dogs they take in.
Saving with Soul Pet Rescue saved more than 1000 animals in 2018 and hope to save 1,200 in 2019. If you are able to help us in that mission, donations can be made here: www.savewithsoul.com/donate. We are also accepting applications for volunteers and foster families.