Why Farm Dogs?
When Never Forgotten Ranch's founders sat down together to decide how to structure the dog rescue portion of the organization, it didn't take long to decide what breeds to focus on. You see, we're farmers and ranchers. We're country folks who love the great outdoors, and adore our good ole' country dogs! Farm dogs, as we call them, are the hard working breeds who help us do what we do. They are guardians who keep our livestock safe, and herders who help keep everyone in order. They are smart, intuitive, love what they do and are darn good at it. But they are also so very misunderstood.
You see, farm dogs are also pretty. Just think of your average cattle dog with those beautiful colors and markings, or a giant majestic Great Pyrenees. These qualities have made many farm breeds quite trendy in recent years, which in our experience has not been in the dogs' favor. Farm breeds end up in shelters just as much as their equally misunderstood pitbull cousins, as they are irresponsibly bred and sold into homes that do not understand the breeds and are not prepared to provide the specific lifestyle and environment needed in order for the dog to thrive. We have seen this time and time again. Frustrated owners surrender their dogs to already overcrowded shelters because they say they're out of control. Their livestock guardian breed is barking too much and upsetting neighbors, scratching at the door, panting and drooling all over the house, refusing to come indoors, or even dangerously escaping and wandering the neighborhood in search of something to guard. Their herding dog is running circles around their living room and keeps herding the cat into a corner, or is chasing people and nipping at their ankles. Their dogs are exhibiting common and often destructive anxiety-induced behaviors, and they are at the end of their ropes. They say their dog can't be trained and is out of control, but what they don't realize is that these dogs are showing exactly what skills they have and are asking to be trained to use them. They just can't do that in an apartment or within the close quarters of an average city home and yard. They need space. They need the great outdoors. They need the country lifestyle for which they were bred. And that is exactly what we want to provide.
We are happy to say that since starting this admittedly unusual farm dog rescue mission, we have received immense support from shelters, dog owners, and other rescue organizations from coast to coast. We are filling a need in the rescue community, helping a very specific type of dog find happiness in the right environment. Since learning of our organization, numerous well-meaning city-dwelling individuals who found themselves struggling with a trendy farm breed dog in their urban environment have contacted us for help finding their beloved animal a more suitable country home. Shelters are contacting us to help farm breed dogs in their care get safely out and matched with adopters who understand the breeds and can provide the environment they need. We are making a difference.
If you'd like to help create positive change in the life of a farm breed dog in need, there are many ways you can do so! Adopting and/or fostering are of course fantastic ways to help, but if you are not in a position to bring another dog into your life, donations and sponsorships are always needed in order to keep the rescue moving forward. And if you can't donate, just spread the word. The more people who learn of our our mission, the more dogs we can help!
We thank you sincerely for your support.