How do I adopt a dog from the Minpinerie?
So you’ve looked at our available dogs and found a dog that seems to be a good match…what’s next?
First, fill out and submit an application form. Three to five business days later a Minpinerie representative will contact you with regards to your application and may ask a few follow up questions. Filling out the application form does not commit you to adopt, but rather, helps us match you to the perfect dog based on your application. Please note that we do not approve applicants who have pets that are not fixed (spayed/neutered).
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Additional visits may be scheduled to introduce family pets on neutral territory.
After the initial meet and greet, if the foster volunteer feels it is a good match and the family is interested in moving forward with the adoption, a home visit will be scheduled. The purpose of a home visit is to further assess that the dog’s needs are going to be met in the new home. The home visit is not an assessment of the appearance of your home. What a volunteer may do is make recommendations on how the home might be made safer for the dog and ensure that the potential adopter is equipped to adopt. For example: Min Pins are escape artists and a volunteer can spot “dangerous” escape routes and can make recommendations on how to fix the issue prior to placement. We insist that all people and pets who reside in the house be available for the home visit.
Then, if it is strongly believed that the dog’s needs are going to be met and the family is interested in adopting the dog, an adoption contract will be signed and a 2-3 week trial adoption will take place. During the trial period, if for any reason the adoption does not work out, the dog may be returned to the rescue and your donation will be refunded. After the trial period the adoption donation is not refundable.
Once the trial adoption period has elapsed, the dog is considered adopted.
Our goal is to match a dog to a home that meets the dog’s needs, so while the above outlines the general adoption policy it is not a formal process and may vary for the sake of the dog being placed.
Before You Take Your Dog Home:
Most dogs in a shelter situation or in a foster home have been there anywhere from a few days to several months. Even though they are going to a loving adoptive home they might have some difficulty understanding why they have “lost” another home. We ask you to read the following information to help you and your dog adjust to becoming a whole family unit.
The Adult Dog
There are many advantages to adopting an adult dog. You already know the size and the disposition of the animal, which isn’t true of a puppy. However, you do not know the dog’s past; You may not know if the dog is housebroken or trained or if the dog has had to adjust to different situations. It is imperative you be patient with your new pet and let the dog know and understand your patterns.
The First Day Home
The best way to let your dog know that you are the new “pack leader” is to take them for a very long walk, preferably even before you bring them to their new home. If you have a family, include everyone in this introductory walk.
Keep your new dog on a leash. Show the dog where the water and food dish are kept. Show the dog where to sleep. When indoors keep the dog confined with you.
Take the new dog outdoors at frequent intervals so they can relieve themselves. Take them to the same spot each time and praise them heartily when they go. Until the dog learns this new routine the dog will have to be watched closely. If there is an accident in the house please do not assume they are not housebroken: The dog must get accustomed to the new home and the new routines. Loudly say “NO!” and take the dog outside immediately. You must catch the dog in the act if the correction is to be effective. NEVER hit your dog if an accident occurs. Praise, not punishment, is the key to a well behaved pet.
To avoid your new best friend from getting diarrhea from a change in diet, give boiled potatoes with the new food. Works great. Rice is another option but is more fattening.
Period of Adjustment
The first couple of weeks you and your pet are “getting to know one another”. The dog doesn’t know why they have come to your home nor what is expected of them. Please be patient with them and anticipate problems before they occur. Don’t leave tempting shoes, wires, clothing, or children’s toys within reach of your dog. Try to leave the home and arriving home with as little fanfare as possible. Tearful goodbyes do nothing but add to your dog’s anxiety. Brining a dog into your home, while exciting, can be a tough at times. If things are getting tough, contact our rescue. We have a group of passionate volunteers willing to act as a support system to provide help, suggestions, advice and solutions.
What to Buy Before or Immediately After the Adoption:
- good quality food;
- bowls for water and food;
- martingale collar;
- bedding (machine washable);
- create (if applicable);
- I.D. tag with contact information.
**Please bring a leash and martingale collar if you are picking up your dog. A crate is the safest way to transport an unfamiliar pet in a vehicle, so please buy or borrow one.
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Why do I Need to Fill Out an Application?
All these questions! Why all these questions?
The Minpinerie works to match a dog with the right home. The application form is designed to collect some of the information an adoption counsellor will need to match you with the right dog.
If the Minpinerie doesn’t have a dog that is suitable for your home we always encourage people looking to adopt to fill out an application even if there isn’t a dog suitable for their home featured on our website. If a dog is taken in by the rescue and is assessed as a potential match, the Minpinerie will contact you. The application can be found on our website at: http://minpinerie.ca/
What is the Adoption Donation for?
The adoption donation is essential for the Minpinerie to continue to provide care to dogs and helps contribute to a small fraction of the cost of rescuing a dog. Your adoption donation reimburses the Minpinierie for what the rescue spent to bring the rescued dog to you. All our dogs are spayed or neutered, heartworm tested, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. Your adoption donation also is put towards:
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- emergency veterinary care
- special diets;
- leashes/collars; and
- numerous other essential operational needs
Where does your donation go? – Example of intake costs for a senior dog in 2015:
Vaccinations – $150
Dental – $400 and up
Neuter/Spay – $250 – $500
Deworming – $40
Heartworm medication – $70 a season
Total for ONE dog: almost $1000.
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Are Miniature Pinschers the right breed for me?
“Min Pins are exceptionally bright. I think the key to training them well is to teach them how to learn. Or from a slightly different perspective, teach yourself how to communicate in a way they can understand. Once you’ve done that, the sky’s the limit.”
– Donna Luzzo, obedience competitor from Washington, New Jersey
The Miniature Pinscher is known as the ‘King of the Toys’ and while often compared to the Doberman Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher has been around about 300 years longer than the Doberman Pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher or “Min Pin”, is believed to have been bred from Dashshunds, Italian Greyhounds and German Pinschers as barnyard ratters.
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Min Pins are incredible escape artists and are high energy. Unfortunately, the breed is also known for its stubborn streak and this can sometimes make training difficult, especially for the inexperienced dog owner. However they are loving, affectionate and playful.
They love food and need to have their daily intake watched and treats kept to a minimum. Healthy treats such as (microwavable) carrots are good alternatives.
They need a daily walk and a coat for protection from the elements. Min Pins are good for apartment life provided they get walks and opportunities to exercise and play to work off some of their boundless energy.
Min Pins can be good with children if the children are educated on how to behave around dogs. If you have young children you may want to consider a larger, calmer breed.
Min Pins are intelligent, lively and brave and are generally good with other pets. They and their owners will benefit from obedience training. You will be amazed at how fast they learn, even though they have a mind of their own and will test you to the limits. If you stick with them the end result will be an amazing lifelong loyal friend.
More information on Miniature Pinschers can be found at the General Information page of the Miniature Pinscher Club of America located at: http://www.minpin.org/.
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What if I need to give up a Miniature Pinscher (or other breed small dog), can Minpinerie help?
Minpinerie accepts into our rescue Miniature Pinschers and other small dogs that can no longer stay with their family for a variety of reasons. These dogs will be re-homed with an approved adopter. Minpinerie determines whether a dog is suited to re-homing on a case by case basis.
We also accept the return of dogs that have been adopted through Minpinerie but can no longer stay with their owners.
If you need to surrender a dog, please contact Louise at 613-260-9707 or email l[email protected].
What happens when a dog is taken in by the Minpinerie?
There is always a lot of action going on behind the scenes of every rescue group, and Minpinerie is no different.
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When the foster home has gotten a chance to know the dog, a matched may be made with a family whose application is on file. If there is no application on file only then will the dog show up on the website as “adoptable.”
A few of the dogs we rescue become ‘forever fosters,’ due to health conditions or extreme age. These dogs live out their lives in the care of the rescue, supported by donations.
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How can I help out?
We are always looking for volunteers. We always need foster homes, fundraisers, dog walkers, groomers, drivers, “doers” and people with ideas.
If you’d like to foster with the Minpinerie please fill out the application/volunteer form.
If you would like to help us in any other way or have any questions about volunteering, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Please note: we do not approve foster homes with unaltered pets.
How do I donate to the Minpinerie?
Donations are essential for the Minpinerie to continue to exist as a non-profit, volunteer run rescue. The donations allow us to provide transport, veterinary care, and other general care to as many dogs as possible. Donations also mean we can ensure that dogs are adopted with all their shots, are spayed/neutered and have been microchipped. Without donations we cannot keep doing the work we do. Please take the time to read over the many ways you can support the Minpinerie’s work.
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On the Minpinerie website you will notice a Donate button that allows you to customize how you give: monthly donations or a one time donation. Monthly donations through Paypal allows you to donate regularly without having to set monthly reminders.
Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC):
Did you know that because the Minpinerie is a registered charity you can donate to the rescue through the GCWCC campaign (http://gcwcc-ccmtgc.org/)? Each year the GCWCC campaign kicks off around mid July and to donate all you need to do is fill out “Minpinerie Inc.” in the online form or include “Minpinerie Inc.” with the registration number (“848052635RR0001”) on the paper form.
If your coworkers are looking for a charity to support, please consider recommending the Minpinerie.
Go Fund Me – Saving for Seniors:
It is truly heartbreaking and frustrating to see families abandoning their senior pets to shelters, or to leaving them roaming the streets. These lovely dogs are unfortunately not as desirable to adopters because of their age or age-related medical conditions: They may require more frequent vet visits, medications, dental work or special diets. Most medical conditions are manageable and with the right medication it greatly improves the dog’s quality of life.
Minpinerie currently has many sweet senior dogs in “golden age” foster care, for whom we are providing loving forever retirement and palliative homes. Without the Saving for Seniors fund, our rescue might find itself in a position of having to turn away older dogs because we can no longer afford to care for them. Please consider donating directly to their care.
Attend Our Events:
In the past the Minpinerie has held nail trims, bake sales, craft sales, dog food drives, garage sales and photograph events all across the city. These events not only help us raise money for the rescue but are a great place to meet some of the caring people involved with the Minpinerie.
Stay tuned to our social media and News and Events section on our website to find out when our next fundraiser is.
Other ways to give:
Tax receipts are available for items with a fair market valued greater than $20.00.
DOG GEAR – Clean martingale collars, leashes, dog coats, blankets and crates are greatly appreciated. Products do not have to be new, but must be in good condition and cleaned. Please contact us to coordinate.
DOG FOOD – The Minpinerie accepts dog food donations but please keep in mind that some dogs have special dietary needs. Dog treats are also welcomed. Please contact us to coordinate.
VET BILLS – If you would prefer to donate money to a veterinary office that the Minpinerie visits, please contact us, and we can offer a few choices.
SEALED PHARMACEUTICALS – All dogs with the rescue need deworming medicine such as Drontal Plus and Revolution while some dogs require antibiotics prior to dental surgery. If you would like to work collaboratively with the dispensing doctor to provide sealed, new drugs for our dogs, please contact us.
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Does the Minpinerie have a charitable status?
Minpinerie Inc. is certified with Industry Canada as a non-profit organization (Charity number: 848052635RR0001). CRA Charity Listing: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/charity-eng.action?r=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cra-arc.gc.ca%3A80%2Febci%2Fhaip%2Fsrch%2Fbasicsearchresult-eng.action%3Fk%3DMinpinerie%26amp%3Bs%3Dregistered%26amp%3Bp%3D1%26amp%3Bb%3Dtrue&bn=848052635RR0001
Does the Minpinerie provide tax receipts?
The Minpinerie will provide tax receipts for donations of $20.00 or more, and for the fair market value of a donated item with a value over $20.00 (e.g. a travel crate). Receipts will be mailed out once a year in January.
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Unfortunately, the Minpinerie has been advised that tax receipts cannot be issued for items used in Minpinerie foster homes. Some items are tax deductible. For example, if the volunteer pays for medication prescribed to the foster dog a tax receipt can be issued.
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How do I foster?
Foster homes are essential for our rescue dogs. The Minpinerie does not have a “shelter” and relies solely on volunteers to provide temporary homes and loving care for the dogs.
Minpinerie covers all the veterinary expenses for a dog in foster care. A foster parent is asked to pay and provide food/treats and a comfy bed. As a foster, you are responsible for feeding, exercising, loving, protecting, caring and cuddling your ward. You may have to teach or refresh the dog on some basic “good dog” behaviours, like walking on leash. You may have to help with housebreaking and help socialize the dog. All this prepares your foster for his/her furever home.
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A foster dog’s stay can vary from dog to dog but is generally a few weeks; Some dogs that require rest and rehabilitation may need fostering for a few months before they can be put up for adoption. Some ill, senior or palliative dogs may require long term or permanent foster homes.
Be prepared to fall in love. Expect to feel happy and accomplished as your foster leaves to join their new family. It can be hard too; there can be tears but all the other foster volunteers are here to support you. There will be another furry face waiting for your help!
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Are all Minpinerie dogs altered?
We do not adopt out unaltered dogs and we do not adopt dogs out to homes with unaltered pets. Having altered pets demonstrates that you are a responsible pet owner who has the financial means to take care of a pet. If everybody altered their animals there would be fewer animals on the streets, neglected, in poor health, in shelters and in rescues. Fixing also prevents many health problems, such as uterine cancer in female dogs and testicular cancer in male dogs which can help prevent behavioural issues in males.
What do I do if my dog goes missing?
If the dog is a Min Pin or was adopted from the Minpinerie call 613-260-9707. Contact the Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network via their Facebook page here (ensure your message provides all the requested information):
Contact your local animal shelter and/or SPCA (for example in the National Capital Region: the Ottawa Humane Society and the SPCA de l’Outaouais).
https://www.facebook.com/lostpetnetwork/?fref=ts Follow the Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network tips regarding how to find your dog: http://www.ottawaandvalleylostpetnetwork.ca/tips-how-to-find-your-dog.html