Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Adoption and Fostering?

The idea of foster homes are to rehabilitate dogs who have lost or been removed from their owners. Foster homes provide a temporary home until a more permanent residence becomes available for orphans. If you are actually wanting to home a Maltese on a permanent basis, please fill out the adoption application

How does the adoption process work?

There are three basic steps required. (1) Application for adoption (2) Home check (3) Adoption fee.

How much is the adoption fee?

A standard fee of R850 is charged for the adoption of a single dog and R1200 for more than one dog.

What does the adoption fee cover?

Our minimal adoption fee covers outreach costs and is intended as a donation toward the rescue work of Maltese breeds around South Africa.

Our goal is to find the best homes for each dog in need, focusing on their individual needs. The adoption fee is therefor an important part of all adoptions.

Why is there a need for adoptions?

Consider some reasons why individuals have given up their furry family members and why this is the best thing for them in some circumstances.

  • Perhaps they are forced to move to a smaller home or to where they are not permitted to have a dog.

  • The owners themselves die.

  • They found their dog to be incompatible with their lifestyle.

  • The new dog is incompatible with certain pets that they already own.

  • Perhaps they are forced to take on full-time employment and feel that they can't give their beloved dogs all the attention that they deserve.

  • Immigration to another country is often an issue, where the owners care enough not to leave their beloved ones in quarantine for 6 months.

  • Natural disasters. Even in South Africa, disasters like floods, drought, bush fires may require temporary shelter for a dog.

  • Another unforeseen tragedy is Domestic violence. For many, the reasonable thing to do is often to temporarily keep a pet in a safe place, like a rescue or shelter when issues get too bad.

Rescue Dogs

A rescue dog is a dog that has been placed in a new home after being abused, neglected, or abandoned by its previous owner. The term can also apply to dogs that are found as strays, surrendered by owners for a variety of reasons, including relationship breakdowns, moving home where the owner is unable or unwilling to take their pets, or elderly people who are not permitted to take their dog(s) into a nursing home.

Many animal rescue organizations exist to rescue, protect, care and re-home dogs from unnecessary euthanasia. Common examples include the RSPCA in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries, the ISPCA in Ireland, or the ASPCA in the United States. Many rescue dogs are re-homed quickly, but some wait longer for a home. This may be relevant when the dog is older. Some agencies provide ongoing health care and support for older dogs after they have been placed in a home. There are several charities dedicated to rescuing and re-homing older dogs.

The ASPCA estimates that approximately 3.3 million dogs in the United States enter shelters each year. Of these, 1.6 million are adopted, 670,000 are euthanized, and 620,000 are returned to their previous owners.

A study conducted by the United States National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) in 1998 found that the main reasons for pets being relinquished are: family moving, landlord will not allow pets, too many animals in household, cost of keeping the pet, owner is having personal problems, inadequate facilities, and no homes available for puppies. The study found that 47.7% of dogs turned in to shelters were not altered (spayed or neutered), 33% had not been to a veterinarian, and 96% of dogs had no obedience training. The conclusion of the researchers was that the owners who were relinquishing their pets did not have the knowledge to be responsible dog owners, and that educational programs aimed at present and prospective owners would reduce the number of dogs relinquished to animal shelters

It's not our job to judge anyone

As a rescue organization, we focus on what we can do to help. It is understandable each individual has his or her own circumstances. No one should feel that they are being judged for the feel that they are being judged for putting their dog's best interests first.

Animal lovers say: "If you are surrendering your dogs you never deserved them in the first place! You are responsible for the dogs you own." This sounds true and ethical and as though it is said in defense of the animal's rights, but it actually puts fear into responsible breeders who would've wanted the best for their much loved friends, so much so that they try to find other ways to humanely reduce their breeding stock. This is causing more of a crisis for the animal than it actually helps them. The focus of the animal rights activist may be mistakenly directed and should perhaps be more on those who irresponsibly breed, adding to the growing number of unwanted mongrel dogs, for example in informal settlements, or dogs used in dog fighting.

The truth is that 'specific breed dog rescues' only exist because these dogs are not unwanted, but are in demand and they are given to appreciative homes where people really love animals and want to give them the best life possible. This is a rewarding job to find the right home for the right dog and should not need outside funding if the animals are truly appreciated.

The Benefits of Rescue:

There are many benefits of rescuing an animal of which many people may not be aware of.

Rescuing from a shelter versus adopting from a pet store can save money. The physical animal will be often be cheaper at a shelter than if purchased at a pet store, and shelters often microchip, spay, neuter, and vaccinate the animals.

Rescuing dogs will help eliminate puppy farms. Despite the fact that puppy farms are illegal, many people throughout the world still benefit from the profits made. A lot of the problem comes from the fact that people are not even aware of the fact that they are adopting a puppy that was bred from a puppy farm. That is why it is vital to research on exactly where one is adopting from before purchasing a puppy.

  • Owning an animal can benefit one's own health and well being. Multiple studies have shown that not only can having a dog improve one's happiness and health, but it can also elongate one's life. Specifically, service dogs help with depression, stress, and anxiety. Playing with a dog daily is proven to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals naturally produced in the human body that make one feel happy and play important roles in brain and body function.

  • Parents that have pets provide life lessons and extended benefits to their children. Not only does having a pet naturally teach children responsibilities, but it can also help them with separation anxiety and feeling a sense of security when they are at home.