American Brittany Rescue prefers to bring all rescued dogs into foster care. This is the only way to really evaluate the dog and be sure we know enough about him to get him into the right home - one where the dog and his new family will be happy for the rest of his life.

Sometimes, though, an owner will call to surrender his dog and ABR doesn't have any foster space available. If the owner is willing to hold onto his dog rather than send it to a shelter, we will refer potential adopters to him until a foster space is available.

PLEASE BE AWARE - Owner Assisted dogs HAVE NOT been evaluated by ABR. The only information we have about these dogs is what we've been told by the owner. If you are interested in adopting a dog who is indicated to be an Owner Assist, please be very thorough when discussing the dog with the owner. ABR cannot give you any reliable information about these dogs since we've never had them in our possession and have never evaluated them.


Things you might want to ask include:

  • Where did the dog originally came from, how long has the owner has had the dog and why are they wanted to place him?
  • Has he been a house dog?
  • Where does he sleep?
  • Does he get along well with:
    • children
    • cats
    • men
    • women
    • female dogs
    • strangers
    • other animals
  • Does he:
    • dig
    • walk on a leash
    • jump fences that are ___ feet high
    • bark/howl
    • ride well in a car
    • get into the trash
    • chew things he shouldn't
    • try to escape
    • stop bad behavior when told to
    • know obedience commands

  • Is the dog:
    • a one person pert
    • aggressive
    • shy or unpredictable
    • destructive
    • protective
    • fearful
    • noisy
    • overactive
    • playful
    • friendly
    • obedient
    • easygoing
    • quiet
  • How would they describe his activity level?
  • What sorts of activities have they done with him?
  • Is the dog afraid of anything or have any special problems?
  • Are his shots up to date?
  • Has dog been on HW preventative?
  • Is he neutered?
  • Ask the owner for copies of current vet records
  • If the dog is not up to date or has not had a vet visit in some time, ask if the owner will do that.

Please be aware than Brittanys are very adaptable and it's normally fairly easy to retrain them and teach them that the rules are different in the new house You should meet the dog. If you have dogs of your own, ask if you and your dog can meet the owner and his dog in some neutral setting -- a park or school.

While this is not an ABR placement, but a private transaction between you and the owner only, ABR volunteers will be willing to help you with training problems or concerns that you have if you decide to take the dog. We do this for all Brittany owners and we'll certainly do it for you.

If you do take a dog who is listed as an Owner Assisted Placement, we recommend that you take him to your vet immediately and get him thoroughly checked out. We also recommend an obedience class as a way to help you and your new dog bond and learn how to work with each other.

Owner Assisted Placements often take as much of our volunteers' time as placing a dog they're fostering. Most often they spend a great deal of time on the phone with the owner and prospective adopters. If you do adopt one of these dogs and feel that you'd like to make a donation to ABR at some point, we would be very grateful to you.