Samoyed Rescue FAQ
How all this works
helps Samoyeds in need to find new, loving, permanent homes.
We take in Samoyeds from shelters who need the space, and
from owners that turn their Samoyed directly over to the
rescue group. They are evaluated, their health checked, and
then matched with an approved home that will hopefully be
theirs for the remainder of their lives.
groups are comprised of many dedicated, hard working
volunteers who balance their rescue work with family, full
time jobs and other activities in the dog world (showing,
sledding, herding, agility, obedience, etc.). When
contacting rescue, please keep in mind we are all volunteers
who try to help the dogs in our spare time and may take
awhile to get back in touch with you. If you do not receive
a return contact within a week, please either try again
and/or send a message to
firstname.lastname@example.org saying who
you attempted to reach and please include the email address
or phone number you tried. The most current contact list can
be found at http://www.samoyed.org/rescue_org.html
you have information about a dog in a shelter, please state
that in your message. Due to the short time available to
help many of the shelter dogs, those running out of time do
How do I get a rescue dog?
a rescue Samoyed or a puppy will take awhile and they cannot
be sent as email attachments. As funny as that sounds, many
people think they can send a check and the dog will arrive.
The rescue process does take time because rescue groups want
to make sure that they are doing their very best to make the
placement of each dog to be the last one for that dog.
The first thing you should do is to contact the Samoyed
rescue group nearest to you. Visit
http://www.samoyed.org/rescue_org.html to find out who that
is. The Samoyed Rescue group will send you an application or
direct you to their website to fill one out. Once you have
been approved, the rescue group will work to find the best
dog for you. If you are interested in a dog on the available
list at http://www.samoyed.org/rescuelist.html tell your
local group. They will be the ones that can find out more
about that dog and get that dog to you if it's the right one
for you (providing the rescue group with the dog is willing
to place it farther away). While each rescue group is
autonomous, we all network together to help each Samoyed in
need find just the right home.
Be sure to work with one
group. Emailing everyone on the contact list wastes a lot of
time for everyone and is a very inefficient way of finding a
Where do the rescue dogs come from?
new homes for a variety of reasons, but the most common ones
are because the owners had a change in their lifestyle and
are not able or willing to include the dog in that change
(moving, new baby, new house, etc.). Most are neglected and
thrive when given the attention they need. Some have not
been neglected or abused, but just simply need a new home. A
few have been abused in the past, but luckily, these are few
and far between. A few also come from puppy mill
closures...these dogs can be quite needy and are not for
How do I surrender my Samoyed to a rescue
If you acquired your dog from a breeder, check
your contract to see if the breeder has first right of
refusal. Reputable breeders will take back the dogs they
produce at any time in their life, and certainly will want
to know that your dog needs a new home. Many rescue groups
work well with reputable breeders and can assist if needed.
If you don't have a breeder standing behind your puppy,
the first thing you should do is to contact the Samoyed
rescue group nearest to you. Visit
http://www.samoyed.org/rescue_org.html to find this out.
They will ask you to fill out an information sheet on your
dog. PLEASE fill this out honestly and completely to make
sure your dog is placed in a home that matches him or her!
Get together veterinary information and other paperwork on
your dog to turn over to the group.
What happens to a
dog once it's in a rescue program?
While each Samoyed
Rescue Group is autonomous, all generally operate very
similarly. Most of the time the dog will go to a foster home
(or good boarding facility if a foster home is not
available). There, the foster home will evaluate the dog to
find out what would be the perfect home for that dog.
Sometimes the owner is asked to keep the dog until placed.
Usually, in this case, the dog is the legal property of the
rescue group and the owner becomes the foster home.
the Samoyed is in need of medical help, the rescue group
will make sure the dog gets that help. If their funds are
low, the group can apply to SamUrgency for help.
the rescue group has evaluated the dog, the dog will go on
their adoption list unless an appropriate approved home is
not already available. When the dog is adopted, the rescue
group will do follow ups to make sure the placement is going
well. Many close friendships develop between the adoptive
home and the rescue group. Rescue people love to hear follow
up stories on how the dogs they have helped are doing...just
as a reputable breeder would.
I saw/heard about a
Samoyed that's at a shelter! What do I do?
information about shelter dogs to
as much information as possible (shelter name, phone number,
dog's ID number, etc.). This email address is monitored by
three people who make sure messages can be read most any
time (24/7). Please, please, please DO NOT post dogs on
social media. It creates tremendous work for the
shelter when many people call for information. Unless you
are prepared to pick up the dog, don't call the shelter.
I want to help!
Great!!!!! Rescue needs
volunteers! Before you contact your local group, though,
look carefully at what you are willing to do and what you
can not do. Volunteers that offer to help and do not follow
through make a hard job even more difficult for a rescue
group. Unfortunately, that happens often in many volunteer
organizations, and Samoyed Rescue is no different. It's best
to start by helping a little at first and then gradually
increase your level of commitment rather than to jump in and
realize you're in over your head.
If you are serious
about helping on a long-term basis, and are able to commit
on following through on projects that need to be done, then
contact your local rescue group ASAP! Dedicated volunteers
are desperately needed! If you only feel you can help out on
a case by case basis, just let your local rescue group know
that when you contact them. To find the group closest to
are many ways to help rescue. Foster homes are usually the
greatest need of any Samoyed Rescue Group, but fostering
dogs is not the only way to help.
Many rescue groups
need someone to be a secretary for them. This is someone who
can send out applications, help answer emails, do follow up
phone calls, keep records on dogs, etc. If you are great
with paperwork, this might be a fabulous way to help!
ongoing need of any rescue group is for someone to be a
fundraiser coordinator. If you have time to help organize
even just one fundraiser, it can help significantly!
While not everyone feels they can visit shelters, there is
usually a need for someone to do shelter walk-throughs or to
evaluate Samoyeds in shelters. Contact your local rescue
group to find out what they need in terms of this if you are
someone who is able to go to shelters.
I want a rescue
Baby puppies rarely show up in rescue, and if they
do, they usually go to homes that have already filled out an
application and been approved. Older puppies, however, show
up more often. These are often 6-18 month old Samoyeds. Even
though they are older, they are still puppies! These dogs
usually just need someone who is willing to spend the time
training them what is and isn't allowed. The advantage to
the older puppies is that most of them are already
housetrained and may even know some obedience commands, they
just need someone to be the alpha and help them grow up the
rest of the way.
If your heart is set on a baby puppy,
then by all means, find a reputable breeder! A reputable
breeder does SO much more than the average breeder, backyard
breeder or puppy mill. They research what lines they are
crossing and can tell you why they did this breeding, and
the history of the dogs behind your potential puppy. They do
health checks and can provide the certification of these
tests (OFA certificates can be for hips, elbows, heart and
thyroid, CERF is an eye check by a canine ophthalmologist
and should be done yearly). They can tell you what
percentage of puppies they have bred that have various
health problems. Don't believe anyone who says they don't
have hip problems, or other health problems prevalent in the
breed. Reputable breeders don't breed their dog every time
she's in season. They will interview you thoroughly - expect
it. They will also be there for you, to answer any questions
you might have for the entire life of the dog. They will
take the dog back if for some reason you can no longer keep
the dog...and they mean it! Make sure this breeder is the
type of person who you would want to take your dog back if
this is needed. Just belonging to a breed club does not
automatically make a breeder reputable or ethical. Take time
to get to know the breeder you are considering getting a
puppy from - you should be in touch with them throughout the
lifetime of your future puppy.
More information on
buying a puppy can be found in the buyer's guide on the
Website. A list of breeders who are SCA members can be found
on the SCA Breeder Referral pages.
Is a Samoyed the
right breed for me?
This is a question you certainly
should already have asked. Before searching for your future
dog or puppy, research the breeds you are interested in.
Many dogs are surrendered because the owners didn't research
the breed enough and just fell for that cute, cuddly face. A
Border Collie at a shelter was surrendered because "She was
herding the children too much." Samoyeds have been
surrendered because "I didn't know they would get that big"
or "They shed." Know what you are getting into and make sure
the breed matches your lifestyle. Learn more about Samoyeds
by reading free publications on the
heard Samoyeds are hard to train. Is that true?
are very people oriented and do best as house dogs. Samoyed
rescue often receives dogs that have been left outside to
amuse themselves (digging, barking, chewing, etc.). Once
these dogs get into a situation where they are house dogs,
the destructive behavior seen previously disappears.
Northern breeds are often thought to be hard to train. This
is not the case...they just need to know clearly what to do
more than being told what not to do. This means they respond
much better to positive training methods that focus on the
behavior wanted. No matter what dog or puppy you get, find a
good trainer and take it to obedience class. Doing this
helps to cement the bond between dog and owner. Trained
dogs are much more likely to stay with their owners than
How much do the rescue dogs cost?
Since each Samoyed rescue group is autonomous, they all
operate slightly differently depending on their resources.
The average cost is anywhere from $150 to $400. Some groups have a set
fee based on the average amount of money put into each
rescue dog. Other groups will charge the amount put into
Some people mistakenly think that rescue
groups make money selling rescue dogs. While they do charge
for the dogs, there is no profit. They are not dog brokers.
Every group has to do fundraisers to stay in the black.
Last Updated June 2012