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Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve the Mid-Atlantic region of primarily Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and adoption of purebred Chinese Shar-Pei. Our purpose is to find as many quality homes for abused, neglected, and abandoned Shar-Pei, where they can become a member of the household. We are a non-profit organization, and have placed over 600 Shar-Pei since 1987. We only adopt our dogs to approved homes. We have adopted dogs throughout the east coast. The applicant must personally appear at our location. We work closely with other rescue groups and are willing to help rescue, place, or search for Shar-Pei in other localities.

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Come Meet our Pets:

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Our Adoption Process:

Most abandoned Shar-Pei became that way through no fault of their own. Some of them were given up by owners who moved, divorced or suffered a family crisis and just couldn't keep them. Many of them are strays from animal shelters - dogs that were allowed to run loose and became lost. Wherever they came from, they are still in need of a loving place they can call home.

The great advantage of rescue dogs is that they are often beyond the difficult, hyperactive puppy stage. This saves your carpets, furniture and shoes from being chewed up and permits you to get a full nights sleep. Often, rescue dogs are already housebroken, some even obedience trained. Their shots and vet expenses have already been taken care of, which can often cost you an average of $400 and more, for the first year of the puppy's life. They come to your home ready to love you and you get the warm feeling of knowing that you have given this homeless Shar-Pei a happy, safe and loving home.

We carefully screen all of our dogs for temperament and health. Our rescue provides necessary medical care and vaccinations before adoption. All the Shar-Pei adopted are spayed or neutered to make them better pets and to keep them from adding to the overpopulation problem.

There is an adoption fee of $250 collected for each rescue dog which is used to help defray the costs of food, lodging, transportation and vet expenses which include spaying/neutering the dog, distemper shot, rabies shot, heart worm test, heart worm preventative, worming, microchip for recovering a lost dog, and any additional surgery or expenses deemed necessary.

Our average cost per rescue dog is $400. Rarely, we get a dog in whose expenses are less than our donation fee, but that is a rare case; the adoption fee is to provide for expense coverage of all our dogs, and not necessarily the expense of one dog. Note, if the dog is unable to be spayed or neutered due to health, pregnancy, or age, we will require that the new owners provide for that service as soon as it is recommended by the veterinarian as being safe for the dog to have the procedure. If this is not done, then the dog will be immediately returned into the possession of the rescue.

Each adopter will be required to complete an adoption questionnaire. This information is to assure that the animal is properly matched with the potential new home. We require a vet reference and a landlord's approval from all adopters. This is to assure that you've been a responsible pet owner and that there are no surprises with your landlord. You will be surprised at the number of dogs given up each year because the landlord found out about them! You will then be contacted to set up an appointment to visit our available dogs. After that, a home interview will be performed where you will be given instructions on the care of the particular dog, along with discussing options on how to integrate the dog into its new environment. Every household is different. Some have other pets or children and we can offer you advice on how to successfully bring a new dog into your home and suggest ways to reduce the stress of the dog moving into a whole new world. During the home interview, we will provide you with the medical information on the dog and any information that we know about the dog and his prior home. It is during this time where we will go over our adoption agreement with you, and ask that you sign it and provide your adoption donation. You will receive a copy of the agreement to take with you when you pick up your dog.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.