Thinking about adopting a Whippet? Perhaps the best place to start looking for a faithful little Sighthound might be a Whippet rescue organisation.
If you ever visited My Dear Whippet before, you’ll know how much I adore Whippets. It probably goes without saying to be honest given this blog is dedicated to, erm, Whippets!
The Whippet breed is famous for its speed, elegance and loving personality. They’re also a little bit bonkers and love nothing more than being off the lead and able to run around freely… and maybe enjoy a little “zoomies” session!
Sadly not all Whippets get to spend their lives in the same loving home. Some of them can end up spending time in a Whippet rescue centre.
I’m this article I’m going to talk in detail about Whippet rescue centres, explain the good work they do and how you can support them.
Table of Contents
- The Need for Whippet Rescue Centres
- What Whippet Rescue Organisations Do
- How You Can Support Whippet Rescue Operations
- Related Posts
The Need for Whippet Rescue Centres
Although their care needs are not as high as many would think, some people still find Whippets too much of a responsibility. Although Whippets aren’t super-high maintenance dogs, they do have specific needs and they can be a little headstrong.
Appallingly, as with many other pets, some Whippets aren’t treated well and can be taken away from their abusive owners.
Sadly, some Whippets can then end up the responsibility of a Whippet rescue organisation.
As a result, Whippet rescue centres play a vital role in saving the lives of this most gentle of dog breeds and provide them with the opportunity to find a truly loving home.
Of course you may find a Whippet to adopt in regular animal shelters. Many such shelters will provide the care needs of a range of different animals that may have had very sad lives.
Whippet rescue centres are of course specific places for unfortunate Whippets. While they won’t necessarily offer a better quality of care, protection and love than a more general animal shelter, everything is set up to provide specific care for Whippets.
While I don’t consider them to be high maintenance dogs, you can’t leave Whippets alone all day at home. Neither can you ignore their specific need for daily exercise.
Additionally the Whippet temperament can require an approach to managing them in a different way to other dog breeds.
As a consequence, while we can thank the heavens for all animal shelters, Whippet rescue centres deliver specific care that Whippets will best respond to.
Of course, without the existence and efforts of all animal shelters, the world would be a far worse place for domesticated pets that find themselves without a home.
What Do Whippet Rescue Organisations Do?
Aside from providing a safe haven for homeless Whippets, Whippet rescue organisations also play a pivotal role in:
- Administering medical care to Whippets that have been abused and injured
- Helping to rehabilitate abuses Whippets to help them trust people again
- Educating people about the Whippet breed
- Providing a place for Whippet lovers to adopt.
Adopting a Whippet for a regular animal shelter is of course always possible… assuming they have a Whippet needing a new home.
Whippet rescue centres will only ever have Whippets looking for a new owner and so it’s more likely you’ll be able to adopt, assuming you’re a suitable candidate.
How to Help Rescue Centres
If you love Whippets and you want to support a rescue centre, there are lots of ways you can lend a hand.
Most Whippets in a rescue centre need daily exercise. Giving up your free time as a dog walker provides much needed help to satisfy a Whippets daily exercise needs.
Rescue centres also need volunteers to help them put arrange and manage fund raising events to help support their good work.
One of best ways to help a rescue centre is to adopt a whippet. Adopting not only takes a Whippet out of the rescue organisation but also contributes to helping with ongoing costs, since you would pay for a Whippet to leave with you.
Of course it’s not simply a matter of money though. You will likely have to complete an application to adopt and then be assessed for suitability.
In my view, although Whippets can be a little headstrong, they aren’t especially high maintenance. That said, they’re perhaps not suitable dogs for people who are away for long periods each day, or those unable to give them the exercise they need.
However, once you’ve passed the screening process, you’ll be eligible to adopt a whippet.
Perhaps you don’t want to permanently adopt a Whippet but can still offer a home for a while to help relieve the burden on a rescue centre and help to socialise a dog that might need help.
Of course you’d still need to pass a screening process, but once approved you’d be able to provide a real helping hand to a dog in need and the rescue centre it came from.
Whippet rescue centres need money to operate. Of course, volunteers, adoption and fostering all play a vital role in helping them to continue providing care for Whippets that need help, but financial donations too can help substantially with operating costs.
Rescued Whippets need proper care. Food, social contact, bedding and accessories all cost money. So too does medical treatment, which can be a very costly but highly important necessity.
If you can’t provide support to a Whippet rescue centre by any other means, a financial donation will be greatly appreciated.
Ask any local Whippet rescue organisation about how you can donate and they will advise on the process.
Some may be unaware of the Whippet breed, let alone the fact that Whippet rescue operations for them exist.
You can help to spread the word about both the breed and the good work your nearest rescue centre does by telling friends, family and other people you know.
You could also help to extend the reach of the rescue centre you support by following them on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media platform and sharing their news with your followers.
Spreading the word in these ways may help to increase:
The more people that know about Whippet rescue centres, the more likely it is that something positive will happen as a consequence.
The Whippet is the best breed of dog in the world! Okay… I’m somewhat biased!
I love all dog breeds but of course Whippets are my favourite.
All domesticated dogs deserve to find a home where they are provided with the right care so they feel safe and loved.
Whippet rescue organisations help those dogs that have not been fortunate enough to find such a home… and we in turn can help to support them to improve the lives of unfortunate Whippets that have found themselves rescued.
Do you have a story about Whippet rescue centre? Or perhaps you like to ask a question? Please tell me about your experiences or leave a question in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
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