Ask if you can speak with
someone about the specific dog. Provide the
name and ID number if one is available.
Write down the name of
the person you're speaking with.
Ask if they would like
any help in placing the dog... if they would be
interested in assistance from an OES rescue.
Ask if the dog is in any
danger of being euthanized. If yes, ask how
long you have to try to find assistance.
If they do not want
assistance from OES rescue, ask if you can leave your telephone number
should they have any problems finding the dog a
home. You can also offer to email your contact
information to them so you don't tie up their
If they would like
assistance, tell them you will TRY to locate an
OES rescue that will help... but make NO
promises. Remember that we as volunteers do not
make decisions on behalf of individual rescues.
Request the name of the
person rescue should speak with and a
telephone number (if different). You might
also ask if there is a good time to call.
If a situation is urgent, CALL
the rescue with details. If not, send the details to
rescue in an email with a "read receipt".
If you do not receive the acknowledgement that
your email was delivered/read, call the rescue
to follow up within 12-24 hours.
Then back out an allow
the two organizations to work out the
arrangements. Too many people trying to assist
one dog or continuing to use a "middleman"
between a shelter and rescue can make things
too confusing and can be very
frustrating to both rescues and shelters.