So you are thinking of rescuing a Vizsla—have you researched the breed to be sure it is the right one for you? The reason many of these dogs are in rescue is because their first owners didn’t do their homework. They were unaware of the exercise needs, the Vizsla’s inborn drive to hunt and retrieve, or the fact that a cute little puppy would be a 45-55 pound bundle of energy in six months.
If you are looking for a puppy, please be aware that most often it is not the cute little puppy that is turned into Rescue, but the ‘teenager’ that may already have issues. We sometimes rescue Vizslas from shelters; divorce or lack of money might cause people to give up a dog, but often it is behavior (or lack of it) that is the main problem. We do make sure that none of the behavior issues are dangerous to humans or other dogs—we do not take dogs that have bitten. All dogs in our program receive a veterinary wellness exam, are updated on their vaccinations and are spay/neutered before being placed. Occasionally we get dogs that have health problems and/or require serious and expensive surgery in addition to the normal veterinary work-ups--in these cases we try to raise funds to support them. If we are unable to accept a dog in our program, we make every attempt to guide the owner to the proper channels to dealing with the problem. When we do place a dog, we use your application in tandem with the information from the dog’s former owner to make our placement a forever one. A forever home is extremely important to a rescue dog that has already been bounced around and now needs the structure of knowing he/she is home to stay. Unlike a lot of states, CT and RI are lucky in that we do not get the amount of dogs that some Vizsla Rescues do; at times there might be a waiting list. However we do work closely with Vizsla Rescue groups in nearby states to assure that dogs are gotten out of harmful situations and into good homes as soon a possible. If, when you apply, you are told CVVC has no dogs in rescue, know that your application will be forwarded to area clubs so you get the broadest coverage we can give you.
CVVC Rescue is run entirely by volunteers who have full time jobs and lives outside of Rescue. We do our very best to respond in a timely fashion, but often we are not only juggling our own lives but also multiple Rescue cases and numerous applications coming in at once. If you do not receive a response immediately, please do not assume that this means we are not interested—do let us know about any time constraints you have or just check back in if you become concerned that you have not heard back from us.
The chairman and Coordinator of the Rescue Committee is Marisa Fowler,. Our Committee abides by the Vizsla Club of America guidelines and ethics, and by committee guidelines.
To further your information about the Vizsla breed we offer the following books and web sites:
Books: Patricia McConnell: Beginning Family Dog Training The Other End of the Leash The Puppy Primer
Clarice Rutherford: How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With Terry Ryan: Remodeling Your Problem Jack Volhard: What All Good Dogs Should Know
Web site: Vizsla Club of America: www.vcaweb.org
An informative article from the Vizsla Club of Long Island about some things to know before owning your first Vizsla: http://vcli.net/the-breed/things-v-owners-wish-they-had-known-before-getting-their-first-vizsla/
NOTE: CVVC requires a set donation fee both when surrendering a dog and when a dog is placed to help cover veterinary bills, however hardship surrender cases are considered on an individual basis. Your monetary support helps to keep our rescue program moving forward, so please consider making a donation. View our How You Can Help page for other ways you can support Vizsla rescue. Thanks for stopping by!