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    Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    Anyone have experience with applying for a rescue Frenchie have any helpful suggestions when filling out the application that might make me stand out (in a good way ). I am by no means a creative writer at all! I just keep it honest and maybe my answers are too short or not what they are looking for??!! Anyway, I'm at a loss here and would hate to lose out on yet another Frenchie, especially when my heart is set on a specific one.

    I just might be going the puppy route if I continue to get turned down by the rescue where I am applying. Don't get me wrong, I would L O V E to have a puppy, as well as a rescue, but I'm just not home during the day to potty train.

    Thanks in advance.......
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    Re: Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    Well unfortunately I'm not much help there, but I know someone will be along soon who can help.
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    Re: Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    Honesty is defiantly the best policy, just be yourself when filling out the app & when talking to the rescue rep. A person could be perfect in all areas, but be denied for something as simple as the dog can not do steps & the potential adopters home has steps. They are looking out for the best interest of the dog. It is a long process & can take weeks or months for it all to come together. If you are not selected, maybe you can ask why you were passed over and ask if there is another frenchie who may be a good fit for you.

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    Re: Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Honesty is defiantly the best policy, just be yourself when filling out the app & when talking to the rescue rep. A person could be perfect in all areas, but be denied for something as simple as the dog can not do steps & the potential adopters home has steps. They are looking out for the best interest of the dog. It is a long process & can take weeks or months for it all to come together. If you are not selected, maybe you can ask why you were passed over and ask if there is another frenchie who may be a good fit for you.
    Hi Debra - Thanks for the insight. I agree with what you're saying, the best interest of the dog....... I'm just unfamiliar with how this rescue works.... I mean, the only contact I had with anyone was when I filled out the application. No one ever called to ask questions, no home visit, nothing. I guess they didn't see the need to contact me further from my application. In reading the description of the doggie, she seemed like a good fit for our home. I won't apply for a dog that I know I cannot care for or handle (i.e. health needs, aggression, etc.) That's one thing for sure is that I won't get myself into a situation that we cannot handle and have to turn the dog back over to the rescue (I would rather die than give up my baby)!

    I guess I'm just a little confused and frustrated with this process.

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    Re: Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    When you are longing for a rescue dog it's hard not to take it personally when you are not contacted or told the rescue will be adopted by someone else. I was turned down and when I asked it was a good reason; the organization thought the rescue dog would do better in a home with another dog.

    Don't lose heart, there is a Frenchie out there waiting to be found by you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosette Girl View Post
    When you are longing for a rescue dog it's hard not to take it personally when you are not contacted or told the rescue will be adopted by someone else. I was turned down and when I asked it was a good reason; the organization thought the rescue dog would do better in a home with another dog.

    Don't lose heart, there is a Frenchie out there waiting to be found by you.
    I know. Trying not to take it personal, but not really sure why I wasn't picked, no reason given. And the application process just seems so impersonal and generic to me.
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    Please don't be discouraged. I know it's got to be disappointing. You will find the perfect Frenchie for your family and it will be worth the wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tgirl View Post
    Please don't be discouraged. I know it's got to be disappointing. You will find the perfect Frenchie for your family and it will be worth the wait.
    I'm not discouraged. I had a little cry on the hubby's shoulder. On to the next one, I not giving up yet.
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    Yay!! Let us know when you find another one. I'm rooting for ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhuinker View Post
    Hi Debra - Thanks for the insight. I agree with what you're saying, the best interest of the dog....... I'm just unfamiliar with how this rescue works.... I mean, the only contact I had with anyone was when I filled out the application. No one ever called to ask questions, no home visit, nothing. I guess they didn't see the need to contact me further from my application. In reading the description of the doggie, she seemed like a good fit for our home. I won't apply for a dog that I know I cannot care for or handle (i.e. health needs, aggression, etc.) That's one thing for sure is that I won't get myself into a situation that we cannot handle and have to turn the dog back over to the rescue (I would rather die than give up my baby)!

    I guess I'm just a little confused and frustrated with this process.

    I can only comment by telling you what Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs does with every application.

    When we get an app in as long as everything looks ok on the form, we go ahead and call your vets to do a vet check. We're looking for up to date vaccinations, heart worm test and meds. And I usually come right out and ask the person I'm talking to if they would consider the applicant a responsible and loving pet owner.

    If you fail the vet check or don't even get that far then we email you and tell you why.

    If the vet check goes ok then we move on to the home check.

    You also have to please remember that the people who run a rescue do everything voluntarily. So in between juggling work, home, family and other responsibilities they have to somehow fit in rescue work too. I know that people often get very frustrated and angry with us because they don't hear from us for a couple of weeks. I'm sure they believe we all sit at desks working purely for the rescue. So if it's been a couple of weeks since you sent in your application then it may still be getting processed.

    Now I'm going to tell you a secret ..... become a volunteer. Go to their fundraising events, transport for them, offer to make phone calls, become a foster ... absolutely anything. And if you can't help out physically, then donate stuff. Crates, food, collars, blankets, money ... whatever. Show them you are fully committed to the rescue and rescuing bulldogs. Getting a foot in the door and letting them see how dedicated you are sure can fast track any application!!

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    Re: Helpful Suggestions when applying for a rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazzy220 View Post
    I can only comment by telling you what Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs does with every application.

    When we get an app in as long as everything looks ok on the form, we go ahead and call your vets to do a vet check. We're looking for up to date vaccinations, heart worm test and meds. And I usually come right out and ask the person I'm talking to if they would consider the applicant a responsible and loving pet owner.

    If you fail the vet check or don't even get that far then we email you and tell you why.

    If the vet check goes ok then we move on to the home check.

    You also have to please remember that the people who run a rescue do everything voluntarily. So in between juggling work, home, family and other responsibilities they have to somehow fit in rescue work too. I know that people often get very frustrated and angry with us because they don't hear from us for a couple of weeks. I'm sure they believe we all sit at desks working purely for the rescue. So if it's been a couple of weeks since you sent in your application then it may still be getting processed.

    Now I'm going to tell you a secret ..... become a volunteer. Go to their fundraising events, transport for them, offer to make phone calls, become a foster ... absolutely anything. And if you can't help out physically, then donate stuff. Crates, food, collars, blankets, money ... whatever. Show them you are fully committed to the rescue and rescuing bulldogs. Getting a foot in the door and letting them see how dedicated you are sure can fast track any application!!
    Thanks so much for the insight. If what you're saying is true with the rescue I'm going through, then maybe that was my issue; however, I'm not sure how to remedy the issue. In other words, I don't have any pets at this time, haven't had any pets since we have lived here (7 years), therefore I do not have an established vet. I did, however, on my application supply a vet for them to contact that was recommend to me by a Frenchie breeder in my area and his is very familiar with the breed. Other than that, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do about the vet issue.

    I will try contacting this particular rescue and ask them about donating stuff and possibly some time. Unfortunately, I work full time also and only have so much time to be able to do any of the volunteer stuff that you mention like events, foster, etc... I don't really think I could qualify for being a foster since I don't have any experience with this breed.

    I know I was impatient about hearing from the rescue..... however, I know they are only volunteers and have other jobs, etc., so that wasn't really the frustrating part for me, I knew I would have to wait weeks to hear anything, and that's ok.

    I never thought getting a dog was so difficult. I understand they want to place them in the best homes possible. I will keep trying, but I may have to go the puppy route if I keep getting turned down, or not even slightly considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhuinker View Post
    Thanks so much for the insight. If what you're saying is true with the rescue I'm going through, then maybe that was my issue; however, I'm not sure how to remedy the issue. In other words, I don't have any pets at this time, haven't had any pets since we have lived here (7 years), therefore I do not have an established vet. I did, however, on my application supply a vet for them to contact that was recommend to me by a Frenchie breeder in my area and his is very familiar with the breed. Other than that, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do about the vet issue.

    I will try contacting this particular rescue and ask them about donating stuff and possibly some time. Unfortunately, I work full time also and only have so much time to be able to do any of the volunteer stuff that you mention like events, foster, etc... I don't really think I could qualify for being a foster since I don't have any experience with this breed.

    I know I was impatient about hearing from the rescue..... however, I know they are only volunteers and have other jobs, etc., so that wasn't really the frustrating part for me, I knew I would have to wait weeks to hear anything, and that's ok.

    I never thought getting a dog was so difficult. I understand they want to place them in the best homes possible. I will keep trying, but I may have to go the puppy route if I keep getting turned down, or not even slightly considered.

    When we get apps from people who do not have pets and so no vet to call, we call their references. Do a telephone interview with them to get a feel for what they're like and go from there.

    But, as I said, all rescues are different and they may be set up a completely different way. sorry I can't be of more help!

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