Rescuing Dogs Is Still a High Priority

Proficient at crafting professional education programs related to pharmaceutical companies’ medications or courses of therapy, Craig Gelband holds the position of senior medical director at Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Education, a WPP Company. In this capacity, he also heads the development of strategic communications and marketing plans, as well as a host of related communications. When not involved in his professional pursuits, Craig Gelband volunteers much of his time to dog rescue organizations.

Despite the increased awareness of the problems associated with lost and abandoned dogs, dog rescuers are as busy as ever. Whether they just got loose or escaped from abusive households, stray dogs are vulnerable to injuries from accidents, to attack by other animals, and to disease. They can become public health hazards. Others are surrendered to dog rescuers by owners who no longer wish to care for them or are incapable of doing so.

Most rescue organizations take ownership of the dogs they rescue, but their goal is to place rescued dogs into adoptive households. They clean them up and give them basic veterinary care, and spay or neuter them as appropriate. Most will observe dogs for some period of time before putting them up for adoption. Rather than keep them in a kennel environment the entire time, some rescuers place dogs into foster households. When they are satisfied that a dog is healthy and well adjusted, they’ll put it up for adoption by an owner who will give it the appropriate love and care.

To cover costs, many dog rescue organizations request a fee from people surrendering dogs to cover the costs of veterinary care and board. In addition, they may also request a fee from the adopting households. In most cases, these fees are insufficient to cover the actual costs of rescue dogs’ care, veterinary treatment, and board, and rescue organizations rely on the generosity of private individuals and organizations alike to help meet expenses.


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