If you have a purebred whippet you can no longer keep, WRAP can place him in a new home. It is not necessary for a dog to be in distress for WRAP to accept him. All that's necessary is that he needs a new home. WRAP carefully screens new owners and will not release your dog until the right home is found. We place many whippets that have been well-cared-for and loved, but who, for one reason or another, need to find another home.
Contact the WRAP Rescuer nearest you and explain your situation. The Rescuer will either accept your Whippet into WRAP or will arrange for another WRAP volunteer to take him. You will be asked to sign a release form giving WRAP full ownership of the dog. There is no charge for surrendering your Whippet to WRAP. However, WRAP cannot purchase whippets and we do ask that you give a donation to help with expenses if you are able.
Please also bring any registration papers, health records, or history that you have. The volunteer will ask you questions about the dog's feeding, habits, problems, and previous environment. Please be frank, as your answers will be used to help your dog adjust to the foster home and later, his new permanent home.
WRAP has no official age limit on dogs it will accept. However before turning an elderly whippet over to rescue, there are some important factors to consider. A dog over 12 years old has a much more difficult time adjusting to a new home. If your dog is in ill health or is feeble, it is a greater kindness if you will take him to a veterinarian yourself and have him gently euthanized. He would much rather die in your arms than in the arms of a stranger. If you need emotional support, your local WRAP representative will try their best to answer your questions and provide support about this difficult decision and heaviest responsibility of pet ownership. However hard, it is often the kindest gift - the gift of peaceful sleep free from the burden and pain of illness.
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