NYC Shiba Rescue, Inc. (NYCSR) was founded in April 2007. NYCSR is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the Not-for-Profit corporation law of New York State and is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Our Mission Statement
NYC Shiba Rescue (NYCSR) is an all volunteer group dedicated to contributing to the quality of life of Shiba Inu in and around the New York City metropolitan area. To that end, NYCSR actively works to rescue Shiba Inu and Shiba Inu mixed breed dogs from dangerous environments and shelters in order to find them loving, permanent homes. We will, among other things, foster and evaluate Shiba Inu in order to prepare them for adoption and seek out proper adoptive homes for the dogs. NYCSR also promotes responsible dog ownership by educating the public in the selection, care and training of dogs.
Rescuing Shiba Inu and Shiba Inu Mixed Breed Dogs
NYC Shiba Rescue (NYCSR) tries to help Shibas in need in the New York City metropolitan area whenever possible. We are not a shelter. Our Shibas are fostered in volunteer homes until the appropriate forever home can be found for each dog. Most of our rescue Shiba Inu come from shelters or are owner surrenders. We are only able to accept dogs that either are adoptable, or we believe will be adoptable. Unfortunately, this does not include dogs with aggression issues or a bite history.
We evaluate temperament before accepting any dog. When we take a dog into foster care, the first step is a full medical examination by a veterinarian. Any health issues will be taken care of as recommended by our veterinarian and an appointment for a spay or neuter will be made if necessary. (We spay/neuter all intact foster dogs in our care ASAP. We only delay if recommended by our vet for health reasons. We will never adopt out an intact Shiba.) After the dog has settled into foster care another temperament evaluation is performed. Our fosters are tested with other dogs, people, kids, and, whenever possible, cats. If any unforeseen temperament issues are uncovered, we consult a professional trainer for advice. Socialization will continue throughout foster care and basic obedience will also be started or reinforced.
When a dog is health and temperament approved, they can then be put up for adoption.
Promoting Responsible Dog Ownership
We work to educate the public regarding responsible dog ownership in general and the Shiba Inu breed in particular. We particpate in events such as the AKC’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day and the Super Pet Expo. We created and distribute a Meet the Breed brochure which describes breed characteristics of the Shiba Inu and where to, and not to, buy a puppy or adopt a rescue dog and we attempt to spread the word about breed-specific rescue groups and the alternatives to buying puppies from pet stores and backyard breeders.