Most of our dogs come from shelters in Alabama, Texas, Florida and Georgia. Some of the dogs have become homeless due to fires, floods, hurricanes or other disasters. Others have been abandoned, neglected or abused.
The shelters do their best but only have facilities for a limited number of dogs. If the dogs are not rescued, they are euthanized. Often we have 24 hours or less to commit to rescuing the dogs.
Once we commit, volunteers pick the dog(s) up, get them examined by a veterinarian and cleared for transport. This may involve vaccination or other medical treatment.
Volunteers then foster the dog(s) until transportation can be arranged, usually about two weeks.
After they arrive in Maine, they are quarantined for at least five days (or 48 hours depending on age). They are provided with vaccinations, spay/neuter and any other medical attention that may be needed.
During this period, the dog(s) are with Fosters in a warm and supportive environment.
Spay / Neutering is required by Maine State Law for dogs imported into the state for adoption.
We go to a lot of work to rescue dogs and we take their welfare seriously. We want to make sure that their new owner is a responsible person who will provide the dog with a loving home and appropriate veterinary care when needed.
We will ask your references if they know how you treat your pets and we will ask your veterinarian if your pets are up to date on all their vaccinations.
Usually, the answer is “Yes”.
Occasionally our veterinarian may determine that it is better for the dog to wait a while first.
In that case, you can still receive the dog if you agree to take it to our veterinarian (at the Rescue’s expense) for spay or neutering when needed.
If you prefer to take it to your own veterinarian you can do that but it will be at your own expense.
Yes. your dog will have all age appropriate vaccinations when you receive it.
Rescue Charlie’s Friends does not provide microchipping.
We recommend you have your dog microchiped by your veterinarian so that if it is lost, it can returned to you.
For an explanation of the fee, why we charge one and what it covers, please click the button.
We don’t operate a shelter facility so there is no place you can just drop by for a visit. All of our dogs are staying with Fosters at their private residences.
Our Foster will be in contact with you by phone or email during the quarantine period.
Please do NOT ask to visit your dog while it is staying with its Foster. Fosters are volunteers and we don’t want them to be inconvenienced or asked to have strangers at their home.
Of course you will be able to meet and spend some time with your new best friend on pick-up day to make sure it is a good match.
If within the first fourteen days you decide for ANY reason the dog is not a good fit for you, please contact us right away.
We will arrange to take the dog back and re-home it and you will receive a full refund.
Not too much. Here are a few items that you may need:
Giving your dog a few toys is a good idea. You can teach them that it is OK to chew on this but please leave my shoes alone.
A dog bed is an important item. It gives your dog a place where it is always OK to be, where it is always safe and where you can send it when, for example, you have guests.
If you teach your dog to get on it’s bed to receive a treat, your dog will soon run and jump on it’s bed whenever a treat is offered.
Please feel free to contact us at any time before or after receiving your new dog.
We will provide all the help we can. Also, have many contacts in the dog world.
What ever problem or need you may have has been dealt with by others who will be glad to offer advice or help.
If you didn’t find what you need, please contact us and we will do our best to answer your question.