Okay, if we come up with an "official" name, I'll create an email account, and all willing participants can email what specifically they can do and what city/state they are in.
I can start compiling a list, by state, of what volunteers we have on board.
I can also, with the help of someone who is perhaps a bit more able on the literary end, help draft up a "cover letter" of sorts that we can use to contact shelters when we are trying to get a dog released.
Let's do be sure though, that when pulling a dog from a shelter, we go at them with the honest approach. Sad fact is, some shelters WILL NOT work with rescue orgs for one reason or another. We shouldn't lie to them to pull a dog under the guise of adopting it. Though I've done it in the past, it can backfire and then we will lose credibility. Just my two cents.
There is a shelter in the county I used to live in, they would not release dogs to rescue. I fake adopted a dane to get her out of there because she was slated for euthanasia, and when they found out I only pulled her to get her into rescue, they blacklisted me from pulling from them anymore. Hard lesson learned, for sure. We can't help if we're blacklisted.
You'd need to make sure the shelter doesn't do follow-ups or request any paperwork after the fact.
I got busted because the dane I pulled was not altered. They didn't alter her because they were planning on euthanizing her.
They called me 30 days later asking for paperwork documenting her spay. She was already in her foster home and I couldn't get paperwork with MY name on it from the foster homes vet. I was honest and told them that she was in rescue and they told me that I had violated the terms of adoption.
It was my fault really, but...my heart wouldn't hear of the "read the fine print". So I got blacklisted from that shelter.
Perhaps being honest with shelters is something that needs to be considered on a case by case basis.
I do agree that honesty is the best approach however there are times when you need to bend the rules.
For example some shelters will only work with established rescue groups which works great if one of the rescue groups we affiliate with would be willing to put in a call for us however that also leaves us with the question of even if we have the affiliation and backing is there time to get in touch with someone? Rescues are often flooded with calls and emails and can not always respond right away.
I think in these cases if the dog is in a high kill shelter with only days before euthanizing then I think if we need to pull under the guise of adoption then so be it.
Firstly, I think that the idea of being a "through group" is a good idea. And it's great that you all want to help! I know that I haven't been able to help with either of the pulls, but I've kept up with all of the threads and wanted to add my thoughts. Great!
To the above posters - I dont think that's such a good idea.
For a one time deal of one person not affiliated with anyone, okay - I get it.
But to send individual after individual out to pull dogs while acting as if they are adopting that all come back to one "group" - bad plan. Not only are there SOOOOO many dogs about to be euthed in shelters that would be willing to work with us, but also it would tarnish the rep that needs to be built in order to get future rescues and shelters to help. There is a fine line to keep. For example - I think that it is easy to get 'attached' to one particular dog at one particular shelter that you've never met. But if that shelter won't work with us, rather than getting the group out of line to save one dog, you need to step back, look at the big picture, and realize just how much more helpful you could be if you just went and found another needy soul at a more accessible shelter. Because, quite frankly, I can't imagine that too too many of the very high kill shelters are as hard to pull a dog from as the PG one. Plus- once you get a good reputation, it will become easier and easier to pull dogs. Tarnish your reputation and it will become harder and harder... until you can do no good at all.
just my two cents. But I think this is a very cool idea overall.