RESCUE MISSION STATEMENT
In keeping with the club's objectives as stated in our constitution . . ." to support, promote, and protect the Belgian Shepherd Dog and to support responsible breeding . . ." The Belgian Shepherd Dog Club encourages its members to actively participate in breed rescue situations.
By maintaining lines of communication to ensure quick response and action whenever a Belgian Shepherd Dog is in need of assistance, our section members across Canada are vigilant, dedicated, and passionately involved in their canine communities,
The Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Canada will financially assist any member with the cost of the adoption fee from a recognized shelter. We will also publish the availability of the dog on the National Website, Additional expenses incurred by any member in the rescue must be applied for and receive the approval of the National Executive.
Each rescue or re-home situation is unique. By having less rigidity in the policy, the Belgian Shepherd Dog Club can be flexible and adaptable in reviewing each incident.
When a situation arises in your section that requires the clubs involvement, contact the national secretary. Provide details of the Belgian in question and the type of help required including a dollar figure for reimbursement.
The National Secretary will notify the National Executive of the situation requesting a decision. If required, the secretary will gather any additional information.
The secretary will then notify the member and / or section of the decision.
It will be the responsibility of the member and / or section to provide follow up on all rescues and re-homes when financial support has been provided.
Located near London, Ontario - The Animal Care Centre Lobo (http://www.acclobo.com/) has 5 Malinois pups that were surrendered two weeks ago due to the "breeder" losing his home. We visited the facility (which is also a boarding kennel and the municipal animal control centre) on Saturday, June 29. We were very happy to meet five happy, friendly puppies, yay!!!
The pups are all males, neutered last week. All are healthy, friendly boys, interested in people, interactive. There are 4 brothers born last December (7 months old) and their older half-brother, born last October (9 months). I don't believe they are registered but have asked Amanda (who operates the facility) if there's any way to find out if the parents are.
Amanda said they are really sweet one on one, as a group they can be a bit obnoxious and mouthy/nippy, but are responsive and smart. They all displayed good dog body language. They were respectful of the older pup but played well together. Amanda said when they first arrived there were a couple of squabbles but they've sorted everything out now. They have nice construction, moved well (good sport/performance potential?).
They are NOT house trained yet. We've no idea how the pups are with children or other animals, or in locations/situations that are new to them. It would be great for the pups to get into foster homes, if anyone is willing and able.
As far as adoption, Amanda is very aware of the needs of the Malinois and is screening applicants carefully. Here's the Lobo centre's website - http://www.acclobo.com/ Please ask for Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org). It would be wonderful to get these Belgians into active, experienced homes.