Resources - Rescues 2the Rescue


Matchmaking Tips

  • Honestly represent the dog. Unlike most people searching for pet dogs, those seeking detection dogs are expecting (and hoping for) “a lot of dog”. These are the quirky, busy, wired, active, intense dogs that would overwhelm most pet owners. This dog is bound to be a handful! But being able to convey the ways in which the dog is a handful will be very helpful.
  • If you’ve found a dog you’re interested in, but the dog is far away, discuss with the shelter additional evaluation or initial training exercises that they can conduct which are specific to your training program and detection discipline.
  • About half of the dogs who are strong candidates will not end up graduating from training. Be sure both parties have discussed a contingency plan for dealing with this potential outcome.

Evaluation Form (online)
Download Evaluation Sheet (PDF)  Download Score Sheet (PDF)

Other programs of interest:

Additional evaluation exercises:


Success stories

Wicket was 12 months old and had been at the shelter for 6 months. Her history was unknown. She had recently been spayed by a shelter “angel” hoping to make her more appealing for adoption. But it’s often very difficult to find a home for a dog who constantly whines and barks, and literally bounces of…

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Photo credit: Kurt Wilson
Rescues2theRescue is a program created by
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Working Dogs for Conservation