Yup, it happens. These animals are coming from hell and you should not expect that your new pet is going to come to you groomed in any way. In fact, you may find that upon arrival, you pet is in dire need of a bath. DO NOT BRING THEM TO A GROOMER…YET. They have just gone through one of the most horrific experiences in their lives and they are now being thrust into a totally new environment. They are tired, scared and completely overwhelmed. The last thing they need is to be brought to yet another new facility and be man-handled. IF you feel that your new pet needs a bath, give them one yourself. Be gentle, be quick and be kind – and perhaps wait a day or so if you can or, at the very least, a few hours for them to realize that your home is a safe place.

I have personally had instances where I received a dog whose hair was so matted that it felt like a helmet. Well, in that case, (if you are a foster parent, call the rescue first) off to the vet you should go. Why the vet and not the groomer? Because many dogs in this condition will need to be sedated in order to be safely shaved down. Once they get to this point, they are likely in a lot of pain (imagine your hair being twisted to the point that your skin on all sides is pulled perpetually) and are generally miserable. They need a little supportive medical attention to get them cleaned up and ready to accept their new life. Oh, and please, do not try to shave them yourself – it won’t end well for anybody, trust me!

We do not pay for grooming for our foster pets! I wish we could but we simply do not have the budget to afford that. So, if you feel that you want to do this or that it is necessary, it will be an out-of-pocket expense for you.

Lastly, if I can suggest, take pictures on this first day of your new pet. The change you will see in the next couple of weeks will be remarkable and is a testament to the good work you are doing. WE LOVE FREEDOM PICTURES so please share – you are part of a very exciting new community.