How does the ISSDC Rescue/Rehome Program work?

Note: We manage each Rescue/Rehome dog on a case by case basis depending upon the reason the dog has become available, his age, health, temperament, circumstances and current location. The following steps represent the typical action taken in most ISSDC Rehome/Rescue situations.

Step 1:

Rescue : We are contacted via our online form by someone who knows of a dog they suspect may be a Shiloh Shepherd in need of rescue. They may represent a shelter or rescue group, or are employees thereof, or they are simply private individuals who have stumbled upon a suspected Shiloh Shepherd in need via other means.

Rehome : We are contacted by a Shiloh Shepherd owner or breeder who has a dog they need to rehome.

Step 2:

Rescue : Once we have received an email advising us of a suspected Shiloh Shepherd in need, we respond ASAP to request pictures of the dog, and as much information as is available.

Rehome : We respond to the Breeder/Owner to request as much information as they have on their dog. This includes photos, age or D.O.B., pedigree, health information, detailed temperament description, location and reason for the dogs availability.

Step 3:

Rescue : Photos and information are usually enough to help us determine if the dog in need is in fact a Shiloh Shepherd. We often see lovely long coated German Shepherd dogs that people assume are Shiloh's, in addition to many dogs that bear no resemblance to Shiloh's. We are a small rescue, and we must sadly turn away those dogs who we are sure are not Shiloh Shepherds in order to concentrate our efforts and resources specifically toward Shiloh Shepherds.

Once we are confident we are dealing with a real Shiloh Shepherd, we request permission of the Guardian to feature the dog on our Rehome/Rescue page. At this point we begin to review the adoption application forms we keep on file to see if we might already have a few potential applicants for the Guardian of the dog to consider.

Rehome : Once we have received all pertinent information on the available dog from the Breeder/Owner, we begin to review the adoption application forms we keep on file, hoping we may already have a few good choices for the Breeder/Owner to consider. If we can't find a good match for the dog, we request permission to feature the dog on our Rehome/Rescue page.

Step 4:

A profile of the "Featured Dog" is created for the Rescue/Rehome page from the information given to us about the dog. Featured dogs may remain indefinitely on the ISSDC Rehome/Rescue page, to the discretion of their Guardian.

Step 5:

Rescue : All appropriate potential applications are reviewed by the ISSDC Rehome/Rescue with the Guardian of the dog, and a short-list of preferred adopters is constructed. ISSDC Rehome/Rescue contacts each short-listed adopter to further discuss their interest in the dog. Those applications indicating a currently Featured Dog as a "specific dog" hold priority over older applications on file. If the Guardian of the dog is not satisfied upon speaking with the short-list of potential adopters, it is their option to keep the dog listed as available on the ISSDC website. If the Guardian is satisfied with an adopter after a phone interview, we attempt to arrange a home inspection if possible.

Rehome : All appropriate potential applications are reviewed by the ISSDC Rehome/Rescue and a short-list of preferred adopters is made. Once an Owner/Breeder is satisfied with their short-list of applicants, the ISSDC Rehome/Rescue will contact each applicant to let them know the Breeder/Owner will be contacting them directly for an interview. At this point the ISSDC Rehome/Rescue allows the Breeder/Owner the option to decide upon one of these potential homes, or to keep the dog listed as available if none are deemed appropriate.

Step 6:

Whenever possible we attempt to send an ISSDC representative to the potential new home to verify the information submitted on the adoption application form, and to provide us with a personal opinion of the home. If no physical home check can be made, we request photographs of the interior house and yard, and we contact any vet reference supplied on the application form to verify the applicant. This information is shared with the Guardian of the dog for their consideration.

Step 7:

An adoption decision is made by the Guardian of the dog in agreement with the new adopter. At this point we assist in coordinating the transportation of the available dog to his new home. The cost of transportation is born by the adopter, except in situations where volunteers have offered to assist. (See Step 8)

Step 8:

Location of the applicant in proximity to the available dog is a major consideration when choosing the new home. However if the perfect owner lives a great distance from the dog, we discuss the transportation options with both the guardian and the potential adopter. The options include volunteer transportation via an organized ground relay of volunteers committed to travel a pre-mapped distance to meet with another relay, etc. until the final destination is reached. Depending upon the distance, the easier option may be via air travel. Both options have their pro's and con's.

The pro's for ground relay are caring individuals who are committed to the dogs safe arrival. The con's are the travel time spent in a crate, the car travel, and the strangers the dog will encounter over the course of days - which can be very confusing for some dogs. The pro's for air travel are the speed in reaching a long distance destination, and the ability for a dog to reach his new family within a few hours time in a controlled environment. The con's are the cost of the flight, (the cost of an airline approved crate is additional) and the potential for having to reschedule a flight due to ground temperature's over 90 degrees F.

We work with both the Guardian and adopter to determine the best means of transportation, coordinating either a ground transportation relay or booking a flight for the dog.

If air travel is chosen by the adopter, we will book the flight and make sure all the arrangements are in place. The cost of the flight is the responsibility of the adopter.

If ground travel is the best option, we will do our best to solicit our membership for volunteers to participate in the relay. We cannot guarantee the success of the a relay as it depends upon the available volunteers and the distance needed to be traveled. (A monetary donation to the volunteers to cover their gas money is appreciated but not mandatory.)

Step 9:

A representative of ISSDC Rehome/Rescue follows up on the success of the "Rescued" dog in his new home. Unlike a "Rehomed" dog who is represented by their breeder or owner, Rescued dogs don't have any other family except us. We will check with the adoptive family to make sure the dog is adapting well, and we request pictures and stories of the dogs adventures in his new home. We post this information on our Success Stories page. If the adopter has agreed to work with a professional trainer, and is in need of such help with their new dog, we will assist them in finding an appropriate trainer in their area. The expense of any training is that of the adopter.

NOTE: It is the right of the Guardian or Owner/Breeder of a dog to make the final decision on a new home for a dog in their charge. ISSDC Rehome/Rescue will help to guide the Guardian/Owner/Breeder as best we can, as our opinion counts too! However we must always consider the best interest of the dog over the best intentions of the applicants.


  • ISSDC Rehome/Rescue does NOT have kennel facilities to house dogs: Therefore we must work with whomever has the dog in order to facilitate the adoption under their criteria.
  • We have a LIMITED NETWORK of foster homes available to take dogs: Therefore we are somewhat restricted in our ability to remove dogs from volatile or lethal situations.
  • We can NOT assist in re-homing dogs with a bite history: We cannot afford the liability of chancing such a dog with any well meaning adopter.
  • We CAN keep any Rehome/Rescue dog listed on our website for as long as it takes to find this dog a new home, or a foster home, or until their Guardian has made alternate arrangements.
  • We have a LIMITED RESCUE FUND BUDGET per year: Therefore we must allocate our Rescue Funds specifically toward any required veterinary work in order to assess a dogs health for adoption purposes. (See Below)


All Rescue/Rehome funds are held by the treasurer of the ISSDC and are allocated on a case by case basis as determined by the Board of Directors. Our funds are generated by Donations to the Rescue/Rehome program and by various fund raising activities at any of our dog shows or Shiloh Shepherd events.

If you are donating funds toward a SPECIFIC DOG in need, please specify this alongside your donation so we can be sure to direct the funds appropriately.

We rely upon trust, good faith and honesty in working with the Guardian/Owner/Breeder of an available dog in the accuracy of information they provide to us for the presentation of their dog. ISSDC Rehome/Rescue is not liable for any misrepresentation or lack of information concerning any dog we assist a Guardian/Owner/Breeder in rehoming. Additionally, ISSDC Rehome/Rescue is not liable for any misrepresentation or lack of information given by a potential adopter, being that the choice of an adopter is at the sole discretion of the Guardian/Owner/Breeder.

The ISSDC Board of Directors has agreed to publish all club finances on a quarterly basis. The Rehome/Rescue fund is held in a separate ledger from the overall club funds, both of which will be published in the upcoming first Quarterly Report (August 2008) - for our ISSDC Membership.

The Board of Directors has agreed to allocate up to $200 per individual Rescue dog, with the option to approve any additional veterinary expenses on a case by case basis. All expenses must be accompanied by receipts from the attending veterinarians.