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Frequently Asked Questions
 
General Information and Adoption Questions:
Questions Regarding Older Dogs:
General Information and Adoption Answers:
Who are we?
We are NorCal Irish Setter Rescue Inc. We are a Charitable, Non-Profit, Tax-exempt organization dedicated to the care and placement of Irish Setters who need a new home, through no fault of their own.
Where do the Irish Setters come from?
The dogs come to us from several sources. Most Animal Shelters and SPCA's work closely with various Breed Rescue Groups in order to place dogs into good homes. Many times people find out about our organization through Animal Shelters, friends and acquaintances or contact us directly. Sometimes lifestyles can change, such as a death in the family, divorce, the arrival of a new child, or a family moving to a new home that does not allow animals. These are some of the reasons why an Irish Setter comes to Rescue. There have even been rare cases where an animal has been abandoned or dumped along the road.
Do Irish Setters coming through Rescue make good pets?
By all means, they make wonderful pets. Because of the varying environments that the dogs come from, the Foster Family evaluates their personality and temperament for proper placement.
What do you do when you receive an Irish Setter for placement?
We have a network of people who are willing to foster an Irish Setter until they can be placed in a forever home. The Foster Family will make sure the dogs are up to date on vaccinations, neutered or spayed, if needed, and attend to any other medical needs the dog might have before being available for adoption.
How old are the Irish Setters?
The age of the dogs vary, and we do not know what will be available until a dog comes into Rescue. We have received puppies as young 6 weeks (though very rarely) and dogs as old as 10 or 11 years.
How is the health of the Irish Setter?
Most of the Irish Setters we receive are in reasonably good health. There are exceptions though. We have placed a blind dog whose blindness was due to a genetic defect known as "PRA". There have been a few dogs that have needed medical treatment due to the situation they were in when they came into Rescue. These dogs receive the medical attention needed before becoming eligible for adoption.
Are any of the Irish Setters put down?
The dogs are not put down. They are cared for until placement can be made into an adoptable home. Under worst case situations, the dog will remain with the Foster Family until "mother nature" takes it course.
 
Answers Regarding Older Dogs:
Won't I be adopting someone else's problems? If the dog was so wonderful, why wouldn't they have kept him?
Older dogs lose their homes for many different reasons...most of them having nothing to do with problems the dog has, but rather with those of the person surrendering the dog. Many folks think dogs who end up at shelters or in rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. But, it is not uncommon for very expensive, well-bred dogs to outlive their usefulness or novelty with folks who bought them on impulse and no longer want to take responsibility for them.

Other reasons older dogs become homeless: death of a guardian, not enough time for the dog, change in work schedule, new baby, need to move to a new home where dogs are not allowed, kids going off to college, allergies, change in "lifestyle", prospective spouse doesn't like dogs.

What advantages do older dogs have over puppies or young dogs?
Older dogs who are offered for adoption by shelters or rescue agencies generally have had some training, both in obedience and house manners. (Some dogs, due to the confusion and upset of being uprooted and finding themselves in a chaotic shelter environment, may temporarily forget their housetraining. Inevitably, once established in their new home, they remember.)

Older dogs have learned what "no" means and how to leave the furniture, carpets, shoes, and other "chewables" alone. (If they hadn't learned that, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.)

They have been "socialized" and learned what it takes to be part of a "pack" and to get along with humans and, in most cases, other dogs, and in some other cases, cats, as well.

Older dogs, especially those who have once known it, appreciate love and attention and quickly learn what's expected of them to gain and keep that love and attention. Older dogs know how to let you finish the newspaper, sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers. They are also instant companions, ready for hiking, riding in the car, walking on leash, fetching, etc.

Finally, older dogs are a "known commodity". They are easier to assess for behavior and temperament, and you also don't have to guess at how big they'll grow.

Aside from any advantages an older dog has, is there any good reason to adopt an older dog instead of a puppy, who has his whole life ahead of him?
Just about everyone who enters a shelter is looking for a puppy or a young dog (three years or under). There are also many people who go to breeders to buy puppies. By adopting an older dog, we can make a statement about compassion and the value of life at all ages, as well as register a protest against the indiscriminate and inhumane breeding of dogs, whether it is for profit or to "teach the children about birth". And, just as a puppy has his whole life still ahead of him, an older dog has the rest of his life in front of him too. You can give that older dog the best years of his life while at the same time bringing a wonderful addition into your family.

Another consideration is the larger goal of making the U.S. a "no-kill" nation. By setting the example of adopting a dog who would be otherwise euthanized just because of his age, you can help create the climate that will enable the U.S. to attain that goal.

Don't older dogs cost more in vet bills?
Veterinary attention and medication are needed at all ages and may or may not be more costly for an older dog. Before you adopt a senior, be sure you get a health report from a veterinarian. That way, if you discover that the dog has a health problem, you can decide if you are able to make the needed financial commitment.
Do older dogs have any "special needs"?
With a health assessment of the dog, you will know whether any age-related conditions are present and you can take appropriate measures to address them. Otherwise, older dogs need all the things younger dogs do -- good nutrition, exercise (although less intensive, usually, than for a younger dog), and regular visits to the vet.
Isn't it true that you can't train an older dog the way you can train a puppy?
Dogs can be trained at any age. The saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", just isn't true.
How long will it take for an older dog to settle into a routine with me?
Each dog is an individual and comes with a unique set of experiences and from varying circumstances, so it is hard to predict how long a specific dog will require to make an adjustment. If a dog has been in a shelter or kennel, the stresses of such an experience may cause him to be confused and disoriented for quite some time. Some dogs forget or are confused about their housetraining. With care, patience, and a kind, understanding, loving attitude, just about any dog will come around after a while. It may be a few days, a few weeks, or a few months.
Is there anything special I will need to do during the dog's "adjustment" period?
Again, this will depend on the individual dog. In general, with a dog of any age, it is a good idea to set aside a period of several weeks during which you can spend more time than usual in reassuring the dog, establishing good communication with the dog, and creating the special bond that will ensure a good future together.
I just lost my old dog. What if I lose another soon after I adopt him?
Grief is a very personal matter. Some people feel that giving a home to an older dog in need is a tribute to their former dog and actually eases their pain. Also, knowing that adoption has saved a dog from euthanasia and will allow her the quality of life for whatever period she has left, often enables people to focus on the positives and to deal better with loss.

Consider also that there are never any guarantees about length of life with any dog. Quality of time together can matter a great deal more than quantity.

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