To reduce the overpopulation and suffering of dogs and cats through education and low-cost spay/neuter programs and to rescue, vet and place adoptable* dogs and cats into good permanent homes.
*Adoptable is defined as dogs and cats that pose no health or safety risk, which
makes the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.
NOT ALL RESCUES ARE ALIKE
Most of us who choose adoption through rescue want to give a good home to a formerly unwanted pet, to do something good for an animal in need, and this is a wonderful thing! Unfortunately, there are people out there calling themselves rescues who are, in fact, scam artists preying on the big hearts of those who want to adopt a rescue animal. We encourage people not to adopt from these groups because if they are no longer making a profit, they'll move on to something else and fewer animals will suffer. (Rescue groups never actually make a profit with our adoption fees. They don't even make a dent in our veterinary bills each month.)
Before adopting from any group, it is important to know how the animals are cared for and what the rescue group's policies are. You may also want to know if they are a legitimate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If a group is claiming they have a "PENDING" 501(c)(3), ascertain if the rescue honestly has a pending application with the IRS. Often, scammers know you won't look or question. Often, they don't even have a pending status; they are claiming it's pending to explain away why you can't find them as a legitimate charity listed anywhere.
501(c)(3) non-profit for over 30 years.
Click here to read about PPI's history
Here are some questions which can help you decide which groups you want to support:
Q: Are your volunteers held to a standard
of performance, even though they are
A: Reputable rescue groups will encourage
and enforce a method in which rescue
business is performed. Planned Pethood
has every volunteer agree to a Code of
Q: Is follow up support available after the
A: Reputable rescue groups will offer training
assistance and support. Planned Pethood
has experienced trainers to help you (free of charge) if you have questions
or need training guidance.
Q: Are the animals for adoption spayed/neutered?
A: Reputable rescues will not risk contributing to the overpopulation problem by
adopting out breedable dogs or cats.
ALL of our animals are spayed/neutered before being adopted. In addition,
we offer low-cost spay & neuter opportunities and subsidies to make it
affordable, sometimes free, for EVERYONE to be able to get their companion
animals spayed and neutered.
Q: Are the animals for adoption up to date on medical care? Does the
rescue euthanize animals whose medical needs cost more than
"average" or do they treat all treatable ailments, no matter the cost?
A: All of Planned Pethood's pets are up to date on age-appropriate shots and
flea and heartworm prevention before being offered for adoption. In addition,
Planned Pethood's policy is to treat all medical ailments, regardless of cost,
unless the treating vet feels there is nothing more that can be done. We do
not refuse treatment to our animals based on cost of treatment or on the
age of the animal. When we take in a dog or cat, we take that commitment
Q: Where do the animals come from? Are they local, imported from
hundreds of miles away in Ohio, or even from out of state? Are they
purchased from illegitimate sources, such as puppy mills (thereby
perpetuating the existence of puppy mills)?
A: Planned Pethood makes it a priority to find homes for pets in our own
backyard. Until there are no more unwanted pets in the Northwestern Ohio
area, we will continue our policy of accepting only local animals. We place a
priority on strays and dogs that are on death row in kill-shelters.
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