Dog adoption in Doha

It's not always easy to find a home for these furry friends Comments

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Dogs in Doha volunteer Sarah Clarke tells us why getting our furry friends forever homes is not always that easy...

You would not be alone in thinking that finding a forever home for an abandoned dog is as simple as A, B, C: Advertise him and his story in the media; Brief the people interested in him; and shortly afterwards Celebrate a successful adoption with his new family!

Sadly, while occasionally there are very quick adoptions, the reality of finding a home for a rescued animal is far more challenging than this A-B-C ideal and the process can take months, sometimes years. While the perfect family is sure to be somewhere out there for every rescued dog, the challenge is to find them and hook them up. Add to this the fact that a dog may need to undergo a period of rehabilitation and training, it can be a long time between the day she’s plucked off the street and that ‘gotcha’ day when she’s wrapped in the arms of her new family.

There’s no rule of thumb about what makes a dog easy to adopt out but being cute certainly helps – though thankfully beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what is an ugly mutt to one person, to another will be the doggie of their dreams. Sometimes the challenge is simply to capture the rescue’s prettiness in a photograph or its comical personality in a short video clip and post it on social media. From there, the dog will be promoted worldwide in an instant, spotted by a family and on its way to its new home just as soon as the papers can be finalised.

While small ‘sells’ quickly, often big and goofy will be snapped up. A senior dog may be the perfect companion for a retired couple and a bouncy young pup the ideal pet for an active family.

If you’re a pedigree then nine times out of ten you’ll be in demand, and thankfully there are those who simply adore the unique character of a cross-breed, four-legged friend.

Traumatised dogs, be it through injury or abuse, and of any persuasion, may be hard to rehome, yet those with the most tragic stories often fly out of the rehoming kennel door. Unfortunately, if it’s a healthy, well-trained ‘plain Jane’ with no particular story to tell then the future may not be as bright…

In the Middle East, for many locals and expats alike, the breed of choice is the Saluki with its elegant stride, sleek appearance, breathtaking speed and gentle nature. These were, and still are, the dogs of kings and sheikhs, faithful hunting companions that are adored and respected for their charm and character, and highly sought after in the Gulf, Europe and beyond. For it is overseas that many rescue salukis from Qatar are rehomed thanks to the tireless work of members of Dogs in Doha and Rescue Saluki Middle East and other rescue organisations such as 2nd Chance Rescue and the Qatar Animal Welfare Society.

However, there is one feature that seems to make dogs harder to rehome regardless of their story and that is their coat colour. Some owners are ‘colour blind’ about their dogs, selecting their new companion based on personality, character and behaviour rather than the shade of its coat. Yet, just as on the catwalk where the ‘in’ and most fashionable colour changes with the season, so too does coat colour when it comes to dogs.

Today, Rescue Saluki Middle East, a charity based in Belgium run by former Doha resident and founder of Dogs in Doha, Birgit, has 25 black salukis looking for homes. This coat shade is definitely out this season! Which is rather strange as the 2014 winner in Bahrain’s His Royal Highness King Hamad’s Award for the Best Saluki was Nashwan Al Rashediah, a stunning feathered black saluki. And Classicus Cassander, also a gorgeous black saluki, grabbed the title of Best Saluki at Crufts in March this year. Are the judges wrong?

RSME and Dogs in Doha don’t think so! They have some stunning black beauties waiting patiently for their forever homes and later this year, the group is planning a ‘meet, greet and fall in love’ with your saluki beauty event in a renewed effort to find these gorgeous dogs homes and speed up the A-B-C of their adoptions.

As the photo montage shows while the black Saluki you select may not win Crufts, he or she will be the star attraction at your local dog park.
Email dogsindoha@gmail.com for more information about these and other beautiful salukis that are looking for forever homes.

By Sarah Clarke
Time Out Doha,

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Posted by: els on 15 Jun ' 14 at 07:32

A verry nice and interesting artikel, thank you for scharing.

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