No! We rescue all sighthounds, locally, nationally, and internationally: Afghan hounds, borzoi, deerhounds, Irish wolfhounds, lurchers, greyhounds, salukis, etc — any sighthound, and sighthound mixes, are welcome here so long as we have space and funds to help. We may also help other dogs if space and funds are available.
Do you take in problem cases?
We try to help every sighthound in true need if we are able. We specialize in fearful, traumatized, and shy dogs, and we are trained in and use R+ training / behavioral analysis and modification. Please feel free to contact us if you need help with a dog and let’s explore the possibilities.
Why bring dogs here from another country when we already have so many in need here?
The fact that people continue to buy dogs from breeders shows us that some people will always elect not to adopt if they cannot adopt the breed they want. Ibizan hounds are one such breed that people want. Hound Sanctuary makes it possible for those people who ONLY want a specific breed to ADOPT a needy dog rather than buy a potentially puppy-milled dog (Caveat: Not all breeders are “puppy mills”), and we make it possible for people who would love to have this breed, but who only want a rescue dog, to have the breed type while still helping animals by rescuing. Thus, we are actually helping the situation in the US by decreasing the demand for breeding as well as the risk of more dogs ending up in shelters (such as what sometimes happens when a purebred dog is purchased impulsively or without enough precautions taken).
Isn’t this exceedingly expensive and therefore not viable long-term?
It is expensive, but that is no reason not to do it. We don’t stop looking for cures for other problems just because they are expensive. At least by adopting from a rescue like Hound Sanctuary, you do and encourage good rather than possible harm. Also important to consider is this: Our adopters pay for at least some of the expense to adopt one of our dogs, and this is a good thing because people who are willing to spend $600 or more to adopt a needy, adult dog are much less likely to consider that dog disposable. Through our adoptions fees and rigorous vetting process, we find good adopters who 1) can afford to care for the dog, whatever the dog’s needs may be, 2) are willing to go through an ultra-vigorous application process because they truly understand and support that this is for the dog’s safety and happiness, not just their own, and 3) are less interested in getting a dog for its cuteness alone and more interested in SAVING dogs in need–all of which means that our adopters are unlikely to fail the dog. We believe this approach is extremely viable for the long term—much more so than the ‘easy come, easy go’ approach that sometimes results in dogs being passed from place to place, ad to ad, to who knows where and who knows what.
What about the carbon footprint involved in flying dogs here?
We do our very best to fly dogs with people who are already traveling anyway, so that our dogs may ‘hitch a ride’ with them. For those who would argue that there is still an extra carbon footprint due to the weight of the dog alone, please remember that everything we do leaves a footprint, and many things we do a lot of leave a huge footprint. Driving a car, eating meat or dairy, or living in a house, for example, creates a much larger carbon footprint than that of a 40 to 50 pound dog hitching a ride. There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and at the same time save animals. Why not focus on one of the many other ways to reduce your footprint, and let these poor creatures finally know what it is like to live in a safe, loving home?
Why would I want to adopt a dog I have never met?
Usually our dogs are in the sanctuary for some time before we ascertain adoption status; when you adopt from us, we prefer you meet and spend time with your dog–after being approved, but before committing to a particular dog. That said, we suggest that you trust our judgment and matchmaking ability since we know these hounds well, so if you are honest with us, we will be able to tell which will and will not be a good match for you. You know how people say that we humans tend to be attracted to other people who are bad for us rather than those who would be good for us—and that we do it over and over again? That tendency to follow our ‘patterns’ often applies to choosing our pets as well, so having an objective party match-make for us can be a really great, healthy, and success-inducing opportunity. We match you up based on your personality, living situation, work, interests, activity level, and so on, as well as what traits you most hope for in your adoptive dog. We work very hard to ensure that you and your new dog are a great fit. If on the off chance it isn’t, you simply return the dog to us. If you are a person who has purchased or adopted many animals over the years, thinking each was just perfect for you, and later realizing that you still didn’t have the right one, so kept adding to your menagerie, you may be the person most likely to benefit from our matchmaking.
Will my sighthound get along with other animals?
While each dog is different of course, many sighthounds are good with other indoor animals. Podencos and galgos are bred and used as hunting dogs so you wouldn’t want to let your bunny, e.g., run around in the yard with one. But with proper introductions, many will be friendly with other dogs big and small, and with indoor, dog savvy cats. We will test them whenever possible. Some are even cuddle buddies with their cats or tiny dog friends. As a rule it is wise to not leave a small animal and a large animal alone together unsupervised without safety nets, though, since even the best of friends can have spats, and there is always predatory drift (play behavior ‘drifts’ into predation behavior) to keep in mind. Therefore, these two friends should be separated when unsupervised for best safety.
Are there any special needs dogs available?
Once in a while, the pure white or mostly white podencos are born deaf, and even thought they can be quite sweet and quite beautiful, the hunters will dump them rather than try to train them to hunt. In the home, however, these dogs are sometimes the most attentive as well as quiet, and sometimes what we like to call “Velcro dogs”. You will need to learn to train them by hand signals and will need a few special skills such as waking them up without startling them. 🙂 There may also be blind dogs, three legged dogs, and so on, given the way that these animals are sometimes mistreated by their first owners.
Do they bark?
In many cases, yes they do. We cannot guarantee that a dog will or will not bark, but many tend to be alarm barkers, so your dog may bark at someone at the door or outside, for example.
Do they need a lot of exercise?
Most enjoy regular walks; many also enjoy a run around the yard. They can live in a small home if they have the opportunity for regular exercise via walking, and playing in your yard. If you have never seen the ‘podenco bounce,’ you are in for a very special treat! Many also prance, and most can jump quite high. They can be very athletic.
Why would I want an older dog instead of a puppy?
There are so many reasons to adopt an older dog. They tend to be lower-maintenance than puppies. They tend to appreciate you deeply as you are a welcome improvement over their previous circumstances. Their personalities are more developed, so you have a better idea of what you are getting. And you know exactly the size and weight of your adult dog! But most importantly, older dogs NEED great homes. They, like black dogs, unfortunately, are harder to home than younger ones, so if you truly want to adopt because you want to support rescue and to help needy dogs, then the best way to do that is to adopt a dog that is likely to be overlooked by the average person, such as an older dog.
Must adopters live in your area?
Generally, adopters must be within 6 hours driving distance of the sanctuary or an established volunteer. Currently, locations include some of the west coast from lower Canada to Northern California (with a few exceptions) and southern Maine. The sanctuary on the north Oregon coast, so the closer you to that area the better, in terms of driving distance.
How else can people help?
We are always looking for flight escorts, so if you ever travel to or near Spain, you can greatly help by escorting one or two dogs back to us on your return flight. It won’t cost you anything but you’ll feel great doing it, and you’ll have the honor of being the first American to meet and welcome them to their new life.
What about donations?
We are always in need of monetary donations to keep the sanctuary running safe and cozy for the dogs, and to keep the rescue helping dogs in need as cases arise. Donations large or small may be sent via the Send Money option of PayPal, or via mail to Hound Sanctuary, Box 670, Warrenton, Oregon 97146, USA. Please consider making Hound Sanctuary your Amazon Smile beneficiary as well as your eBay Giving beneficiary. You can even include Hound Sanctuary in your will; if you choose to do this, is best to have your attorney assist you in arranging it to ensure that it is done legally in case anyone contests it. Please email us at HoundSanctuary@gmail.com to obtain the necessary identifying information on our charity. We also have a NEEDS wish list at Amazon.com: Amazon.com Needs-Wish list