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The Face of Dog Rescue

February 23rd, 2013 at Sat, 23rd, 2013 at 8:14 am by Diane Rich

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue (SPDR)

The Face of Rescue.  There could be many faces involved with just one dog rescue case. Rescue is about volunteers who tirelessly work behind the scenes to rescue one dog with one goal in mind. Finding a forever home for a dog in need.

One of these dogs was purchased  from a well known Doberman breeder. The other was adopted through rescue.  Can you tell the difference?


To me, it doesn’t matter where any dog comes from because all dogs, purebred and mixed breed deserve a forever home.   Not a forever house but a forever home.   If the dog was lucky enough to make its way to a no kill shelter or rescue organization their future may be bright.  Especially if they find their way to SPDR.

There are wonderful rescue organizations all over the country bursting at the seams with wonderful dogs needing forever homes.   For those people wanting a purebred dog  I want to tell you about Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue (SPDR).

I recently interviewed  Sharon Davis , the current President of SPDR who was nice enough to chat with me about this wonderful organization.  SPDR is made up of dedicated volunteers who have a passion for the organizations mission, a passion for a specific breed and a huge heart to do the work.   They are the face of rescue work. They do not do it for accolades, notoriety or awards.  They do it because it makes their heart feel good to be part of the solution.  I applaud all these volunteers.

Sharon told me that out of all the AKC registered breeds, SPDR represents 50 breeds.   I asked why only 50 and Sharon stated it is difficult to find breed reps.

Would you like to become a Breed Rep? A good breed rep is critical to the success of SPDR and the success of a matching up a pet parent with a purebred dog. A breed rep needs to be knowledgable and experienced with the specific breed he or she represents. The rep should have people skills as they will conduct an interview with perspective adoptors and potential foster families. The rep needs to have organizational skills to coordinate the process from the time a dog is available for SPDR through adoption.  Breed reps set up transport from a shelter or facility to a specific destination.  Breed reps also conduct or set up home checks of interested adoptors or foster families. Breed reps also help evaluate the dog’s temperament which is a necessary skill to help make a good match.

Go to their website to find out which breeds currently need a breed rep by visiting or call  (206) 654-1117 to request an application.

If you are interested to learn more go to the Seattle Kennel Club Dog show,  Saturday and Sunday, March 9th and 10th at CenturyLink Field Events Center.  Go upstairs and look for their information booth. They will be happy to answer your questions.  Some rescue groups also set up a booth and bring dogs available for adoption.

c Diane Rich 2013

Would you like to adopt a Purebred Dog? Go to the SPDRs website to review the adoption process.  You will be able to download an application and you will then be contacted and interviewed by phone or in person.  The next step will be a home and yard check by a volunteer to verify all the requirements have been fulfilled for adoption.

Would you like to volunteer as a Foster until a dog is Adopted? Go to SPDR for information and an application If you love a particular breed and want to temporarily give a dog a home until a forever home is found, then apply to be a foster family.  You can apply online and someone will contact you for your next steps.  And yes, many foster families fall in love with their guest and decide to adopt their foster dog.

No Time to Volunteer and No Room to Foster No problem. SPDR is funded entirely by donations. Your donation helps with Vet care, food and supplies. You can find more information about how to donate to SPDR on their website.

No money?  No problem. You or friends may have unused dog food, gently used dog crates, leashes and other pet supplies you can donate.

If you do have a little time, maybe you can help with one of their fundraisers or volunteer at their information booth at an event.

To learn more about SPDR go to:

Thank you SPDR for all the great work you do for all the dogs that found themselves in need of help and through your efforts have completed their journey and are safely in foster care or with their new loving family.

You can donate directly to SPDR or find your favorite breed, contact the breed rep and donate directly to that group.

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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