Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do you get your dogs?
We are part of a rescue network and are known to many of the shelters in Ohio, Michigan,Illinois and Wisconsin, who will call us when a shar pei is brought in or picked up by the animal control officer. We also belong to many all breed rescue lists and Face Book where people share information about different shelters/pounds, etc., and dogs that are awaiting adoption or rescue. In addition,
Petfinder.com and our website lists our email addresses and phone numbers and we get many calls that way. Our national Chinese Shar-Pei of America rescue organization also sends us inquiries or information on dogs in our area.
- What kind of veterinary care do the dogs receive?
All dogs are given a complete physical exam. They are heartworm tested, updated on vaccines, given dental exams and cleanings, and spayed or neutered. Any health issues that are apparent during vet exam is taken care of before the dog is put up for adoption.
- How do you know if the dogs are good with kids, other dogs, cats, etc?
Although most of our Shar-Pei come without histories, we do our best to test all the dogs before placement. They are placed into foster care before adoption, in a family setting. This way, we can see how they do with all family members, friends, neighbors, and other animals. It is, however, very important to properly introduce newly adopted dogs to other pets slowly and to never allow animals to be without supervision when no one is at home.
- Do you have purebred puppies?
Occassionally we do have purebred puppies, but because they are so quickly adopted, most people do not dump them in pounds and shelters – that comes later when they’re a year or two old and have outgrown that puppy cuteness. We work mostly with death row dogs in desperate need of help, and that sometimes includes shar pei mix puppies.
- I don’t see the right dog for me. Do you have a waiting list?
If you submit an adoption application, and a home visit is successful, we will hold your application until you find a dog you want. We try very hard to place the right dog in the right home. Not all dogs are good with children, or get along well with other animals or do well in a home where both people work all day long. That’s why it’s imperative to have a home visit done. We can then tell you what dogs we have that are best suited for your family.
- Where can I see the dogs in person?
Our dogs are located in Ohio, Michigan,Illinois and Wisconsin in private homes. We encourage anyone who is interested in a particular dog to submit an application so they may make arrangements with the foster family to meet the dog in person if possible.
- What areas do you cover?
Ohio, Michigan,Illinois and Wisconsin.
- What’s a “peibrador”?
It’s a cute name for the very common shar pei/labrador mix.
- How big are shar pei?
According to the breed standard, shar pei are usually 18 to 20 inches high at the withers and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. However, purebred shar pei can be much smaller than that – we frequently rescue 35 pound shar pei – and mixes can be as big as whatever breed the shar pei is mixed with.
- Are the shar pei housebroken?
Most are by the time they leave foster care – after all, they’ve been living in our homes and that’s the first concern we have, too! Luckily, shar pei are naturally clean and usually easily housebroken. But keep in mind that all dogs are prone to accidents in stressful situations, including the move to a new home. Don’t be surprised if there is a short adjustment period.
- What if I adopt a shar pei and it doesn’t work out?
We hope that doesn’t happen, but if it does, we are happy to take the shar pei back, and we will find another home for him or her. In fact our contract requires that you return the shar pei to Shar Pei Savers.
- I still have questions. How can I contact you?
Click here for our contact infomation. Remember, we are a totally volunteer organization. As such, most of us hold down full-time jobs, have families, fosters, our own animals, do shelter pulls, home visits, transports, and have other obligations. We try to get back to inquiries as soon as possible, but please, be patient with us if it’s not immediate. Thank you.