BREED RESCUE COMMITTEE
Rescues are NOT a source
for breeding stock. Most rescue dogs are spayed/neutered before placement.
Reputable breeders will require you to spay/neuter pet quality animals,
if they have not already been spayed/neutered. If you want to breed, talk
to some of our breeder members about purchasing
breeder or show potential stock. If you are thinking of breeding for ANY
reason, other than producing better, healthier specimens of the breed according
to the standard, you are breeding for the WRONG reason.
- A home inspection is required before anyone can adopt one of our
rescues. Therefore, those wanting to adopt, must live within a reasonable
traveling distance of one of our volunteers. Those living out-of-area
should refer to the American
Pomeranian Club's Breed Rescue Directory to find a local rescue.
- We ask for a $250.00 ($400.00 for a pair to the same adoptee) adoption
fee to help cover our costs. Referrals on this site may ask for a different
- All poms (except in exceptional circumstances) are spayed or neutered
and micro chipped prior to placement.
- We do not place dogs in homes with children under the age of 5.
- We do not place dogs in homes which use "invisible fence"
systems as a means of containment.
Please fill out and mail our adoption application
and placement agreement so that we can match you with your next life long
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You can download the placement agreement by clicking here.
Poms Needing Homes
Here are some of the Pomeranians,
Kleinspitz and Mittelspitz that we know need new homes. Most pet store
and "back yard breeder" Pomeranians are actually Kleinspitz and
Mittelspitz height. The average life span for Pomeranians is 14 to 20 years.
OUR RESCUE DOGS
The following are dogs that have been taken into our rescue program
and are being fostered by our members.
||Triss - 10+ year old spayed
female. Good with other dogs and cats. Has cataracts but sees well enough
to use a doggy door and let herself in and out. Loves to be with her human.
Contact Diana Downey.
ALSO FOR ADOPTION
The following are not part of the NOVA Pom Rescue program but are
listed here as a courtesy.
||No courtesy listings at this time.
The following are adult Poms that are being sold/placed by NOVA Pom
Members. They are not part of our rescue program and are being listed here
only as a courtesy to our members. The Northern Virginia Pomeranian Club
does not endorse any individual or dog and encourages buyers to thoroughly
investigate sellers before purchasing a dog from them.
||None at this time.
Giving up your Pom?
We are sorry that you are thinking of giving up a member
of your family. We understand that in some cases this step is unavoidable.
Here are some of the things that you should do before contacting us:
- Contact you dog's breeder. If you purchased your dog from a responsible
breeder, s/he will either take the dog back or assist you in finding it
a new home.
- If you are giving up your dog because you or a member of your family
has become allergic to dogs, here are some things you can do to keep your
devoted pet from becoming another member of the thousands of homeless pets:
- Look for a product called Allerpet. This product will neutralize your
- Talk to your allergist - most people are allergic to several things,
not just their pets. Removing the pet from the home will not ease your
allergy symptoms if you do not also remove all the other allergens as well.
There are many medications that your doctor can prescribe that can help
you and allow you to keep your pet.
- If you are giving up your dog because of house training issues, here
are some steps you can take to rectify this problem:
- Make sure your dog is spayed/neutered. Intact male dogs have been known
to listen to their hormones and mark in the house. Intact females also
have the same urges whenever they come into season.
- Have your veterinarian examine your dog for possible urinary tract
and/or digestive tract problems. If your dog has one of these health issues
they probably can't help having accidents.
- Do not free feed your dog. Dogs have to eliminate shortly after eating.
If you give your dog 10-15 minutes to eat and then take up their food,
you will be able to estimate when they have to go.
- Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned any area where your pet, or another
pet, has had an accident. There are many quality products on the market
for this purpose. Most dogs will reuse the same area if they can smell
what you can't.
- There is no truth to the Old Wives Tale that you can't teach an old
dog new tricks. Many service dogs are taken from shelters as adults, house
trained, and taught to do very complicated tasks. There are many great
articles on the internet that can teach you how to teach your dog to be
house trained. If you are still having problems, talk to a professional
dog trainer (you can find many who are members of AKC obedience and agility
clubs - go to the American
Kennel Club web site to find a club in your area).
- Get a crate for your dog. We recommend an airline approved hard crate
which can be used to transport your dog should you ever have to ship it,
for protection in the car, and as a bed/safe spot when the door is removed
or left open. You will find that a crate is also very useful to keep your
dog from slipping out of the house when you have service people working
in the home or when you are having a house party. Crate your dog when you
cannot watch it until s/he is reliably house trained. Make sure you chose
a size that allows them enough room to comfortably stand up and turn around
in, but not so large that they have enough space for a potty area.
- Most adult dogs can "hold it" for about 10-12 hours once
they are house trained. Puppies do not have that sort of bladder control
yet, so you may need to put them in "doggy daycare" at a reputable
boarding kennel, or have a dog walker take them out once or twice a day.
- For older dogs with incontinence problems, you can purchase "belly
bands" for your male dog or "bitches britches" for your
female dog. Place half of a sanitary napkin in these to catch any liquid
- If you are giving up your family member because you no longer have
time for it, consider how you are going to find time for a spouse or a
child in the future (or a second child if you already have one). A dog
has very few requirements - good food, clean water, safe and warm shelter,
an occasional grooming and a loving heart. They give back much more than
they ask you to give.
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