About Our Rescue Program
In 1998, a comprehensive Whippet Rescue program was organized with representatives from across Canada dedicated to intervening on behalf of abandoned, abused, neglected or lost whippets.
We also offer assistance to owners who can no longer keep their whippets due to such circumstances as divorce, job loss or a death in the family. Whatever the reason, Whippet Rescue is here to help.
All whippets entering into our rescue program are fostered and assessed in the very experienced homes of National Whippet Club of Canada member volunteers.
About Adopting A Whippet
We receive many inquiries to adopt from Rescue, but do not often have dogs available. Sometimes a Whippet may be available through its breeder, having been re- turned for various reasons, or a promising show puppy kept by the breeder did not grow up to be the show dog hoped for. These are not rescue dogs, but generally great dogs that simply need a new family. They may be mature, trained, and their likes and dislikes known.
Before you take any dog into your life, please think carefully and be prepared to be committed for the dog’s lifetime. If you do have a dog and for whatever reason cannot keep it, please do the right thing and contact its breeder or us here to re-home it ap- propriately.
Never buy from pet stores as they support puppy mills.
Seniors are Great Dogs – A Rescue Story
Persephone was 11 when I got her and she was a very nervous and shy dog. She immediately bonded with Willow, who was 6 months at the time and mothers her all the time. She grooms her for hours as Willow just lays back and enjoys the treatment. It took a while for Leila, who was also 11 at the time (and just lost her male companion), to accept Persephone in the pack, but after a few weeks, all of them were sharing the couch and playing well together.
Persephone was very shy and reserved with strangers, but I constantly have people over to the house and she soon came out of her shell and became a different dog in a matter of months. The change was very noticeable with all my friends. She became more relaxed and friendly.
Even in the park she learned to play and run free with the other girls. She loves running around with her sisters chasing balls, the frisbee and of course squirrels.
She has been a joy to our family and I know I’ve only had her for 3 and a half years, but she has made such a positive impact on our little pack.
Thank you for helping us adopt her. ~ Deirdre
In April of 2012, Ellie appeared in an ad on Kijiji. She was being sold by her owner because she lived on a farm and the owners were unable, or unwilling to stop her from chasing their sheep. She was 9 months old. Members of the Whippet community took it upon themselves to contact the original breeder of Ellie in the U.S. to let her know that one of her puppies was in need of a home. The breeder was grateful and assured them that she would get Ellie back and find her a home herself.
But a month later when Ellie appeared once again on Kijiji by a new owner, Whippet Rescue took notice. In this ad she appeared underweight and stressed. She had been spayed and was listed at 20 lbs. The owner was not happy with her and was asking $900. Whippet Rescue contacted this new owner and decided that she needed their help. They used donated funds to purchase her. But when a representative of Whippet Rescue picked her up, she was horrified at Ellie’s appearance. She was in a far worse state than expected. She was weak and emaciated. The owner didn’t think there was anything wrong with how she looked, but it was obvious that little Ellie was starving. She tried to eat everything on the ground around her, sticks, cigarette butts and even pennies. A visit to the emergency vet confirmed her condition – dehydration and emaciation. She weighted 19 lbs. The saddest part of Ellie’s story is that she was spayed at a vet clinic at 21 lbs, in a state of starvation. It was a miracle that she hadn’t died under anesthetic.
From the first moment, Ellie began to thrive in her new home. She gained 5 lbs in the first 7 days, and another 4 lbs, 7 days later. After a week, she began to regain energy and started to play with toys and the other dogs.
Today, Ellie is in a loving home with other Whippets and is happy and healthy. She loves anyone she comes in contact with. After three previous owners turned their backs on her, a group of wonderful people saved her life, all thanks to the help and necessary donated funds from Whippet Rescue.
~ Sandra (Sandra and Curtis took Ellie in after fostering her back to health. They could not give her up and adopted her.)
NWCC RESCUE CONTACT
To inquire about available whippets in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by email and introduce yourself. A representative will respond.
To Donate to Whippet Rescue
Via Paypal (A Paypal account is not required): go to Paypal page here and use NWCCtreasurer@gmail.com to submit your donation.