The Gordon Setter Club of NSW is committed to assisting in the rehoming of Gordon Setters within Australia who through no fault of their own are unable to remain in their current situation.
The club will appoint a rescue coordinator who must be a member of the club. His/her contact details will be published on the Club’s website and in the newsletter.
There is no charge for rehoming a rescue dog and the service is not available to individuals who are going to charge for the dog. However both the current owner and future owner are encouraged to make a donation of at least $50 to the club to help defray rescue/veterinary costs.
If the dog’s papers are available they are to be handed over to the Club’s Committee and to be given to the dog’s new owner at the discretion of the Committee.
A decision to euthanize a dog (except on veterinary advice) that is in rescue can only be made by a majority decision of the committee.
Role and Guidelines for the rescue coordinator
1) Maintain a register of people interested in giving a forever home to an older Gordon and anyone able to look after a Gordon while a forever home is found.
2) Maintain rescue information on DogzOnline website
3) Maintain contact with the person/organisation where the dog is currently housed.
4) When appropriate, liaise and combine contacts with the GSC Victoria’s rescue coordinator
5) Compile an annual report of rescues that have come through the club including reason for rescue, which category the dog was in, breeder of dog where known, age of dog, location of dog and eventual destination.
There are three major categories of dogs to be rehomed
Category 1 – Dog in Pound, RSPCA, Animal Welfare or similar situation
1) If possible an experienced club member to visit the dog to ascertain the dog’s condition, age and any other information that is available
2) Contact the breeder if known with view to breeder paying for the rescue of the dog.
3) If there is a forever home available contact person with the dog’s location details
4) If no suitable home available offer to advertise on Dogzonline or similar
5) Dog to remain in pound unless there is a risk of a bad outcome because they are unable to find a new home.
6) Maintain contact with the pound
Category 2 – Owner unable to keep dog because of a change in circumstances or because they are unable to manage the dog
1) Advise the owner to contact the breeder and the club will also contact the breeder
2) If owner is having a management problem an experienced club member to visit the dog to ascertain the dog’s situation, behaviour and any other information that is available
3) If there is a forever home available contact person with the dog’s and current owners details
4) Owner to advertise in local paper and club to advertise on Dogzonline or similar
Category 3 – Dog surrendered due to illness or death of owner
1) Obtain the name of breeder and if possible contact them and ask for help with expenses.
2) If no home is immediately available, dog to be rehomed with a club member if possible or placed in kennels
3) Club will help with vet bills, boarding and transport expenses.
4) If possible an experienced club member to visit the dog to ascertain the dog’s condition, age, temperament and any other information that is available.