Georgia Peaches is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Peach sisters
Hank
Sansa's puppies
Idgie
Hansel
Max
Janet, Jack and Chrissy
Alexa

Welcome to Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue!

Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue (GPPR) is a Seattle-based organization funds the transport and health care of puppies from disadvantaged situations such as high kill shelters and crowded rescues in the Southeast to Seattle where rescue puppies are in short supply.  Some are surprised to hear this fact, but our local spay and neuter practices lead to very few puppies in our shelters.  Because there is the opposite problem in the Southeast, we are working hard to prevent euthanasia of these puppies in overcrowded shelters by flying them here where they are adopted very quickly and easily into loving, forever homes.  In fact, we often have a waiting list for our peach pups!

It absolutely goes against our mission to judge anyone who chooses to purchase a purebred puppy.  However, we also realize that many strongly prefer to rescue a puppy in order to decrease the overcrowding in US shelters with euthanasia rates up to 100% in some rural areas.  Therefore, GP works hard to both give these rural shelters and rescues an option to save pups from euthanasia as well as diversify local adoption options by partnering with our local shelters.  We also have a foster program and adoptions may occur through our organization as well.

From an animal welfare standpoint, we view puppy rescue with concomitant adopter education and support as an obvious yet underutilized method to decrease shelter and rescue returns nationally.  Because of this, GP has a strong emphasis on puppy socialization before the 16 week window closes and exclusively uses scientifically based training with positive reinforcement methods.  Our goal is to provide adopter support for any family that adopts a puppy—not just those that adopt from Georgia Peaches.  It is our hope that by providing support and online educational resources that we can play a preventive role in keeping all dogs/puppies out of shelters as they grow older.

It should be mentioned that if approached for help with any local puppies in need, we will always help.  It is a rare occasion where we have needed to step in.  Additionally we have rescued puppies from not only Georgia but Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Hawaii.  With respect to mother dogs, we do not leave them behind.  A future goal of our organization to spay and/or neuter a local dog for every puppy we rescue and future fundraising efforts will allow us to accomplish this.  Ultimately we want to rescue the puppies but be part of the national solution which is to prevent overpopulation.

*At this time, Georgia Peaches is not able to accept applications from people more than 2.5 hours away or out of Washington State.  We hope to have more volunteer staff to accommodate these types of adoptions in 2016 – stay tuned!

FAQ

We generally get many applications (available under our adoption tab) and before processing them, we want you to get to know us and who we are. Please read our FAQs below to see what you think before proceeding. If you rent, your application can’t be processed until you have provided us with the full name of your landlord, their email address, and have signed our letter. We can send our letter electronically to your landlord for them to e-sign, which will protect you and us during the adoption process! We are 100% volunteer run with full time careers so things can move slowly at times based on the volunteer staff we have at the time. We are a foster-based rescue therefore we do not have any physical building to house our organization and puppies. Our puppies live in foster homes, which is how you can see the puppies.

Below are some answers to FAQs that we recommend you read before putting in an application with GP.

  1. GP is not “just” a rescue. We are a fundraising organization that raises money to fly puppies in from areas that are overpopulated with puppies to the PNW. This year, most (2/3) peach puppies were adopted out by partner shelters (Seattle Humane Society, Seattle Animal Shelter, NOAH, and PAWS). The minority are adopted out by us and we have a very family and community-based approach geared toward adoption support. In 2016, we plan to spay/neuter a dog in areas of overpopulation when we rescue a puppy that we plan to fly to Seattle.
  2. Our adoption fee is $400 for a puppy less than 12 months, $300 for a puppy less than 12 months of age through our Guaranteed Adoption Program, and $300 for an adult dog (over a year old). The fee is comprehensive and covers basic vaccine series (DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella, Spay/Neuter, Microchip, Fecal exam, and Veterinary exam. We also spend money on training while the puppies are in our foster homes. The actual cost for each puppy is closer to $750 but we rely heavily on donations to make the $300-$400 fee a reality. We hope each adopter will choose us for their charity and pay it forward at some point after their adoption!
  3. We have a specific socialization template that is required for all fosters and adopters. We do not approve of methods that utilize force, fear or pain, or outdated methods propagated and popularized by Cesar Milan. We only utilize contemporary training methods that are reward based. Position statements released by American Association of Pet Dog Trainers have clearly stated that the pack theory from wolves cannot be accurately extrapolated to dog behavior as one example. The GP three pronged approach for initial socialization of your puppy is:
    1. Meet 100 new people of varied shapes/sizes/genders/colors/disabilities by the age of 16 weeks.
    2. Work through a socialization checklist of exposures (loud trucks, bikes, stairs, different types of surfaces etc.).
    3. Puppy play 2-3 times a week until the puppy teeth fall out around 18-20 weeks of age. If puppies don’t play with their peers aged 8-18 weeks of age, then they do not do well with acquired bite inhibition.
  4. In the majority of cases, we have no idea what breed the puppies are. We get this question a good deal so we would like to start by saying, we don’t know. And at GP, breed does not matter to us but rather temperament, fit with a family, and proper socialization. Unfortunately, Petfinder does require us to make a guess at what breed the puppy is.
  5. GP does not subscribe to breed discrimination of any type or breed specific legislation. We are a community of volunteers, fosters, donors, and adopters that do not believe in these concepts.
  6. Our puppies come from an area where heartworm is common. This disease is treatable but it cannot be tested for until the pup is 6 months of age. To be absolutely sure the pup did not arrive “incubating” this treatable disease transmitted by mosquitos, we recommend a heartworm test at the age of 6 and 12 months just to air on the safe side. This test is inexpensive.
  7. We strongly recommend pet insurance and may require it soon. Veterinary care is expensive and one emergency can wipe a family out financially. The security offered by insurance plans helps keep pups healthy and in their homes without jeopardizing family resources when illness or accidents strike.
Thank you for reading our FAQs! If you would like to proceed with adoption after reading this information, please email us at gapeachrescue@gmail.com.

Donate

GPPR is a 100% volunteer-run organization that depends on the support of dedicated partners and community members. If you can contribute to our nonprofit organization, we always welcome donations that will help us provide adoption services, education and training resources, emergency rescue and veterinary services for deserving pups.

Click on either the One Time Donation button or select how much you’d like to donate each month with the Monthly Donation button. Both are processed by Paypal.

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