New Beginning Animal Rescue ~ NBAR

NBAR is dedicated to pet adoption. Our organization takes in unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempts to find suitable homes for each of them. Our rescue group is created by and run by volunteers, who take the animals into their homes (fostering) and care for them — including training, playing, handling medical issues, and solving behavior problems — until a suitable permanent home can be found. Others are housed here at the same facility NYC’s Top Dog until they have found placement.

There are two major difference between shelters and rescue groups. Shelters are usually run and funded by local governments. Rescue groups are funded mainly by donations and most of the staff are volunteers. While some shelters place animals in foster homes, many are housed on-site in kennels. Some rescue groups have facilities and others do not. Foster homes are heavily utilized in either case. NYCs Top Dog is a boarding facility that houses up to 80 rescued dogs and 60 rescued cats. February 2012, NBAR was approved as a 501c3 non profit organization and falls under the NYCs Top Dog umbrella.

Within the dog rescue community, there are breed-specific and all-breed rescues. As its name implies, breed-specific rescues save purebred dogs of a certain breed, for example, Akitas, Boxers, Dalmatians, Labrador Retrievers, etc.

Almost every breed is supported by a network of national and international rescue organizations with the goal to save abandoned dogs of this breed. All-breed rescues are not limited to purebred dogs. Instead they save dogs of any breed.

Many work with specific shelters to support their efforts. NBAR is an all breed rescue organization, we’ve also rescued some exotics like a Dove that was injured, and most recently two pet rats that an owner could no longer care for. Many of our rescues are owner surrenders, NBAR averages between 5-18 surrenders per month, depending on the time of the year, most owner surrenders are during the spring and summer months.

Most rescue groups like NBAR use similar adoption procedures, including completing an application, checking a veterinary reference, conducting a phone interview and a home visit. Rescue organizations are usually volunteer-run organizations and survive on donations and adoption fees.

The adoption fees do not always cover the significant costs involved in rescue, which can include traveling to pick up an animal in need, providing veterinary care, vaccinations, food, spaying and neutering, training, and more.

Although the adoption fee is a way to subsidize costs of caring for the numerous animals, it also serves one greater function. The adoption fee will put off anybody who is not willing to spend money on his or her animals. If you cannot afford the adoption fee, then you are unlikely to be able to afford care for your pet when he falls ill or has an accident.

If you won’t spend it to bring home a loving companion, then it is more than likely that you won’t spend it when it is really needed either. It is a harsh world out there for pets, and making sure the dogs go to a good, responsible home that will care for them for the rest of their life is the number one concern of NBAR.