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American Belgian Malinois Club Rescue Manual

  1. Rescue Policies and Procedures

  2. Rescue Position Responsibilities

  1. Rescue Policies and Procedures

    The goal of ABMC is the betterment of the Belgian Malinois breed. Responsible breeders focus on the improvement of conformation, temperament and working abilities in the breed through careful choices of which animals are bred to produce quality animals.

    Responsible breeders also are willing to take care of the dogs they have produced. Unfortunately, some Malinois are unwanted, abandoned, impounded or surrendered by owners and are taken into the ABMC rescue program to provide them with the opportunity to be placed in an appropriate home. After being evaluated, and if they have been accepted into rescue with a clean bill of health and no serious temperament problems, they are then placed in foster care until a responsible, loving and permanent home can be found.

    Rescue work can be very rewarding but does entail a great deal of commitment and time. Foremost in the mind and heart of every rescue volunteer must be the welfare of the dog. It is normal for rescue people to feel discouraged, depressed and frustrated at times. However, when the new owner of a rescue dog calls and says that their rescue is "the perfect dog for them" the entire rescue group leaps for joy. Someone's "throw away" has become another person's "star" and the club rescue challenge has been met.

    The complexity of the rescue process requires that each individual rescue case be decided on its own merit. Local rescue volunteers and foster families do the real work of rescue and it is their dedication that makes the program successful. Foster families help a rescue dog overcome the trauma of a new environment and often need to teach the dog right from wrong helping him to regain his ingrained confidence to face the world with intelligence, alertness, and without fear.

    • The Rescue Committee

      The Rescue Committee consists of two National Rescue Chairs acting in an advisory capacity and providing guidance as needed. They approve all expenditures from the rescue fund.

      The Regional Coordinators direct the volunteers in their region.

      1. Northeast Region: CT, DE IL, IN KY, ME. MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV
      2. Southeast Region: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
      3. Northwest Region: ID, OR, MT, WA, WY
      4. Southwest Region: AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT
      5. Central Region: AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, TX
        Note: Hawaii and Alaska have no current representation

    • Dogs into Rescue

      Establishing contacts within local area shelters and humane societies and letting them know that our rescue organization can assist them is a first step in having contacts who will call when a Belgian Malinois has been turned into a facility. Generally such facilities will be glad to keep copies of the ABMC Rescue Brochure on file (the brochure explains our breed and the availability of rescue). Because the Belgian Malinois is not a universally recognized breed, volunteers can, when delivering brochures, offer assistance in breed identification and request the facility to contact them when a possible Belgian Malinois has been placed in the shelter. Area volunteers then periodically check with local shelters, scan local newspaper classified advertisements and place brochures on community bulletin boards, grooming shops, boarding kennels and veterinary clinics.

    • Evaluation of Dogs for Acceptance into the ABMC Rescue Program

      All "rescue" Belgian Malinois are not adoptable due to a variety of reasons ranging from temperament to behavioral problems or health issues. These include dogs with chronic health problems, long-standing skin conditions, severe injuries, or bad temperament. In such cases euthanasia is then recommended to spare them further suffering. If a dog has a problem or a condition that would be expensive to cure, and could not be cured completely, or which would cause stress to a potential adopter by way of frequent and expensive trips to the veterinarian, the dog should be euthanized. Sadly, older dogs are usually difficult to place. ABMC rescue can not accept a dog that has already been trained in protection because Ring Sport, Schutzhund or Guard Dog trained dogs require very specific handling skills. All dogs accepted into ABMC rescue must be neutered or spayed as soon as possible. The exact timing of the procedure will depend on the dog's general health condition. All dogs must be spayed and neutered before being placed with an adoptive family. There can be no exceptions to this policy.

    • Evaluation that the dog is a purebred Belgian Malinois

      As a breed club we can only accept purebred Malinois into our rescue program. While a mix-breed Malinois may be equally deserving of a new start in life, they can not be accepted. Sometimes this initial evaluation must sometimes be done visually only. If there is any doubt as to the dog being purebred the volunteer evaluating the dog should take photographs and send them to the Regional Coordinator for confirmation. Sometimes, when owners relinquish their dogs, the shelter is told that a dog is a purebred. However, this is not always the case . Also, dog sport fanciers have been trying to create the "ultimate working dog" which they continue to insist on calling a Malinois. These dogs are mostly a mix of German Shepherd, Great Dane or other breeds and can not be accepted. An ABMC Rescue Malinois I.D. form is available to assist volunteers or shelters to identify a purebred Belgian Malinois.

    • Temperament Evaluation

      Only dogs with stable temperaments can be accepted in the club rescue program. ABMC rescue acts as a placement group rather than a rehabilitation service for abused or neglected dogs. Due to a concern for the toll on foster families and concern for the dog's eventual adoptability, a dog that requires extensive training or socialization to become a family pet will not be accepted by rescue.

      The dog's temperament must be evaluated as fully as possible before the dog is accepted. Dogs with a history of aggression and/or biting can not be accepted regardless of the lack of severity of the "bite". In other words, even if the bite was provoked or was only a "slight scratch," the club can not accept a dog that could prove to be a liability to a rescue volunteer, foster family or an adoptive family. Most rescue Malinois are placed with families who have children and often other pets. If a dog can't be a trusted when around the rescue volunteer's family or neighbor's young children, it can't be accepted into the program.

      It can be a challenge to make this evaluation in a noisy shelter but volunteers will need to take the dog to a quiet corner to ascertain if it is overly shy or fearful. Dogs that can not be approached because of excessive shyness or that aggressively lunge towards a volunteer are not acceptable. Dogs which have been known to have killed or seriously injured other animals (or example cats, rabbits, etc) can not be accepted into rescue.

      Additionally, dogs that show detachment from human beings, as a result of a history of neglect can rarely function as a good family pet and thus are not accepted. If the volunteer who is evaluating the dog has any doubts about the dog's temperament and can not decide, they should contact their Regional Coordinator for advice before accepting dog into ABMC rescue.

    • Health Evaluation

      If a rescue volunteer or foster family has reason to suspect that a dog has joint problems due to visible lameness the ABMC Chairs may authorize, on a case by case basis, that x-rays be taken. Dogs known to have moderate to severe Canine Hip Dysplasia [CHD] can not be accepted into rescue. If a veterinarian determines that a dog has moderate to severe CHD the National chair will authorize the volunteer to have the dog euthanized. If the veterinarian determines that the dog has mild CHD and shows no symptoms of physical pain, then the determination to accept the dog in the rescue program can be made. The adoptive home will need to be made aware of an existing problem in advance . Should the adoptive home wish to have the dog's hips x-rayed before the adoption they will have to pay for this procedure themselves.

    • Heartworm [HW]: Dogs will need to be tested for Heartworm disease and the ABMC chairs will authorize treatment on a case by case basis taking into consideration the age of the dog, general health condition and the availability of reasonably priced Heartworm treatment.

    • Behavior Evaluation In order to place a rescue dog with a family, each dog needs to be carefully and fully evaluated by the foster home to determine which type of home environment would suit that individual dog. Some Belgian Malinois are in permanent overdrive and are very high-energy dogs. A high-energy and high-drive Malinois will require an experienced family with an active life style or other situation where the dog has job to perform. Others are happy to be couch potatoes. So many Malinois are turned into rescue for no other reason than that they have "high energy". An incorrect evaluation of either the dog or the adoptive family could mean the dog returns to the rescue system. Very pushy high-energy dogs may not be suited to a family with toddlers.

    • Euthanasia Evaluation

      We can not maintain the goals and objectives of ABMC without the requirement to euthanize dogs deemed unadoptable. If a dog being fostered bites anyone, regardless of the lack of severity of the bite, the dog must be euthanized. A Rescue Chair must pre-approve all euthanasia expenses. Each volunteer needs to understand, BEFORE they go to look at and evaluate a dog, that they may be required to euthanize the dog . All local or state rules, such as a ten-day waiting period for rabies in most states, need to be followed. The foster families who open their doors to foster Malinois rescue dogs may determine, for whatever reason, that the dog needs to be euthanized. This decision, and the funds required, needs to be authorized by the National Rescue Committee Chair(s). There are circumstances when, for example, a dog owner wishes to turn in a dog to the rescue system, and it is determined that the dog is unadoptable. In such cases euthanasia could be authorized in order to prevent the dog from being dumped, used for irresponsible breeding, or medical research.

      Euthanasia is often the most difficult aspect of rescue work. The ABMC club policies state that given a set of circumstances, the dog must be euthanized. These policies exist in order to maximize our ability to place adoptable dogs and to minimize legal liability. However, it is the local rescue contact that must look into the trusting brown eyes of the dog during this process. Rescue work requires a deep commitment and determination to act in the best interest of the dog, ever mindful of the best interests of rescue volunteers, foster and adoption families.

    • Procedures for Accepting a Dog into ABMC Rescue System Shelter or Humane Society:

      The ABMC Rescue volunteer needs to visit the animal as soon as possible and talk to the shelter director to determine how the animal can best be helped within the realm of the program. If the shelter has a good adoption program they would ensure that all dogs are spayed/neutered before they are placed, all adopters would be screened and a follow up would be conducted. The shelter would have facilities to keep dogs for a reasonable period of time. Should that be the case ABMC Rescue would not take possession of the dog. However, if a dog is in such a shelter for placement, volunteers will need to maintain frequent (minimum of 3x week) contact with the director because a shelter that has excess runs available one week might become overcrowded the following week. Some shelters are reluctant to turn dogs over to breed rescue groups and will do so only when the only alternative for the dog is euthanasia. Thus, the shelter director needs to know that if he is faced with the prospect of euthanizing a Malinois in his custody, he can call Malinois Rescue to come and get the dog right away.

      If an impounded Malinois is in such a shelter which does not require neutering of adopted animals, does not screen adopters, is known to sell dogs to dealers or research laboratories, or, for any other reason, does not seem like a reputable organization, the dog needs to be removed at once and evaluated for placement in a foster home. If the dog meets all requirements for acceptance into ABMC rescue the dog can be taken out of the shelter and placed in a foster home. The Local Area Rescue Contact must first get approval for accepting the dog into rescue from the Regional Coordinator or a National Co-Chair. This approval is only given when a foster home is available. Anyone accepting a rescue dog without prior approval must themselves take responsibility for the transport and care of the dog until a foster home can be found . If no foster homes are available in the area the dog should not be removed from the shelter and can not be accepted into rescue.

      Veterinary Services:

      After the general initial health, behavior and temperament evaluations by the rescue contact, the dog needs to be taken to a veterinary immediately for thorough health evaluation.

      Heartworm [HW] Test: Before any other test is made or vaccination given, the dog must be tested for HW. In most cases dogs testing positive for HW needs to be euthanized. Treatment will be authorized on a case by case basis taking into consideration the general health condition and age of the dog and availability of reasonably priced HW treatment. If the test proves negative the examination should proceed. If the dog is negative for HW's the foster home may purchase HW preventative and be reimbursed for this expense.

      Standard Vaccinations (If there is no proof of prior vaccination). ABMC will reimburse for the following veterinarian procedures: (Note: Volunteers may give these vaccinations themselves with the exception of Rabies, which by law must be administered by a licensed veterinarian).

      1. Rabies
      2. Parvo
      3. Distemper (DHLPP when combined with Parvo)
        Note: Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccine should be given only if required by the veterinary clinic while the dog is there being spayed/neutered.
        Note: Lyme disease vaccine is not considered a necessary vaccine.
    • Standard Worming: If the dog is positive for any type of internal worms (excluding HW which was discussed above), the dog should be treated.

    • Spay/Neuter: Dogs of both sexes should be altered as soon as possible. However, If the veterinarian recommends a brief waiting period before the spay/neuter because of the dog's poor general health, this advice should be heeded. No dogs in ABMC rescue will be adopted out before being spayed or neutered no matter what the age of the rescue dog . If the dog is less than 8 weeks old the foster home must keep the puppy until it turns 8 weeks, then have it spayed or neutered before placement. Numerous shelters across the country are currently spaying and neutering puppies at 8 weeks of age or older with no adverse side effects.

    • Placing a Rescue Dog in a Foster Home:

      Foster homes are pivotal to the entire rescue operation and also must be stringently evaluated. Volunteers need to seek out possible foster homes before there is an acute need. This can be done by asking other ABMC club members, checking local boarding kennels and talking to dog lovers of any breed. A foster home must be willing to keep a dog for an indeterminate period of time. Foster families do not need to be ABMC members. While we do not require that our foster homes be experienced with Malinois, it is strongly suggested that the Regional Coordinator try to find experienced foster homes. An experienced foster home will often be able to head off future problems that an inexperienced person may not know to handle. An experienced foster home should be able to help the dog interact with other dogs (or horses, cats, etc). We greatly encourage foster homes to have a fenced yard since many of the dogs needing fostering are not leash or obedience trained. However, in an acute situation, where a dog must be released from a kill shelter, this evaluation can be done by email or over the telephone. The Regional Coordinator should send each foster home a rescue packet. This should include the Expense Reimbursement Form, Adoption Application Form and the Adoption Contract.

    • Locating and Placing a Rescue dog With an Adoptive Family

      ABMC rescue currently has advertisements in three national publications: Dog World magazine, Dog Fancy magazine, and the Malinois Performer , the club newsletter. The first step in finding adoptive homes is advertising - as much as possible - as often as possible. This includes newspapers, bulletin boards, local dog club newsletters (specialty, all-breed and obedience), booths at dog shows and community fairs, local radio and TV public service announcements, pet stores and word of mouth. Also any pet oriented magazine, newspaper or newsletter. Some local papers may even allow rescue volunteers to place a "rescue" advertisement without any charge. It is suggested that the volunteer send a note, with a photograph of the dog, if available, to the paper and let them know the dog has been placed and thank them for the free advertisement. Rescue volunteers should always determine if there is a reduced "rescue" advertising rate.

      We also encourage our foster homes to advertise locally for dogs that they are fostering. While ABMC rescue is ultimately responsible for placing rescue dogs in the program, we are more than happy to have foster homes help in this endeavor. If they wish to put an ad in their local newspaper ABMC rescue will reimburse this expense. All applicants need to complete the application form and be screened and approved regardless of how or where they heard about a rescue dog.

      Computer technology offers several excellent ways to advertise rescue dogs: the Internet ABMC Rescue Web site, the Internet list for fanciers of all varieties of Belgian Shepherd dogs, the Belg-L, SitStay Productions and other special interest lists. ABMC rescue will adopt out dogs to become working dogs under certain circumstances. Because many Malinois are not suitable for life kennel situations and because successful long term adoptions are the focus and goal of the ABMC Rescue Program, dogs are normally placed in homes where they live with the adoptive family in the house. Exceptions must be individually approved by the National Chair(s).

      If a dog is placed in a working situation where the dog is acquired for a special working purpose (narcotics detection, SAR, bomb detection, etc) it must be ascertained that the dog would be kept as a family pet or placed if not found suitable for working. Organizations that euthanize dogs who are no longer suitable for their working purpose should be excluded from adoptions. Additionally, rescue volunteers need to be aware that some professional trainers sometimes try to acquire dogs for the purpose of training and resale at a large profit. Working dogs, like all dogs in the program, must be spayed/neutered before the adoption. There can be no exceptions . The standard adoption fee and all other rules apply. Potential adopters of a working dog must be made aware that our rescue dogs are to be pets and working dogs, not solely working dogs. Because the majority of our foster homes are not sufficiently experienced to evaluate a dog's potential and drive for working, we strongly recommend the adoptive handler test the dog themselves before adoption in order to determine working abilities.

    • The Adoption Application Process

      Currently we place advertisements in Dog World and Dog Fancy magazines asking interested parties to send a SASE to our ABMC Rescue PO Box. The Dog World ad is included with the general club ad and is paid for by the general ABMC fund. Club member, Nancy Bennet, pays for the Dog Fancy advertisement as a donation. Rescue packets are sent out to anyone inquiring. This packet includes the ABMC Rescue Brochure, a Malinois FAQ sheet, and an Adoption Application form. The potential adopter is directed to fill out the application form and send it to the Regional Rescue Coordinator for their area. The Regional Coordinator then approves or rejects the application form.

      All applications must be carefully reviewed.

      Conditions, which must be carefully questioned, are:

      1. If the applicant has numerous dogs (and perhaps will not have the time needed for the new Malinois rescue dog).

      2. If the applicant has given away dogs (because they were unable to care for them).

      3. If the applicant has not had dogs for most of their life (and thus does not have sufficient dog experience).

      4. If the applicant has small children

      5. If the applicant works full-time (and perhaps will not have time or energy to work with a new rescue who is generally extremely demanding at the beginning).

      6. If the applicant does not own their own home.

      A full-grown adult Belgian Malinois is a "lot of dog" and it is important for the adoptive family to know that their children can not be "responsible" for the dog. The adults must take responsibility for a rescue Malinois.

      In evaluating the adoptive family rescue volunteers need to be aware that Malinois are often not suited to sharing living space with cats or small furry rodents such as rabbits, hamsters, ferrets etc.

      At this time, ABMC rescue does not have rules specifically stating which potential homes should be approved or rejected. All adoptive homes should be screened on a case by case basis. If a Rescue Chair or Regional Coordinator has hesitations about an adoption applicant, the applicant should not adopt a rescue dog from ABMC.

      All references need to be contacted. It is recommended that the applicant's veterinarian also be contacted because they can shed light on the care given the applicant's current or past dogs.

      Once the application has been approved the Regional Coordinator should call the applicant and discuss with them the adoption fees and adoption requirements. Then they should be told about the dogs currently in the rescue system. Local homes should get first priority. Dogs should not be flown across the country unless there is no other choice! If the adoptive family is interested in a particular dog, information on how to reach the foster home is then given so that they can contact the foster family directly for further questions.

      If the foster home and the adoptive family decide that this is the right dog, the Adoption Contract form is then sent to the adoptive family to complete (if this has not already been done). The Adoption Contract must be signed and processed before the adoptive home takes possession of the dog. If the dog does not work out in his new home the rescue fee may be refunded if the dog is returned during the two-week trial period.

      Rescue dogs may be returned to the ABMC rescue program after the two-week period, however, the rescue fee will not be refunded.

    • The Role of the Rescue Committee at the National specialty .

      The National Rescue Chairs are responsible for preparing a fundraiser at the annual national specialty. This may include a "Rescue Raffle" and a "Malinois March" with sale of entry fees and t-shirts.

      An announcement is placed, in advance, in the Performer requesting donations for the rescue raffle. Raffle tickets are sold at the specialty. Any and all suggestions for additional fundraisers, both at the national specialty or new ideas for the regional chairs to conduct fundraisers are more than welcome.




  2. Rescue Position Responsibilities
    • National Rescue Chairs
    • Regional Rescue Coordinators
    • Local Area Contacts

    • National Rescue Co-Chair Positions and Regional Coordinators

      Responsible to the Board of Directors, the National Rescue Co-Chairs oversee the entire rescue operation. They maintain a volunteer staff of Regional Coordinators for each region and have authority over the Rescue Fund. They are responsible for providing a copy of the ABMC Rescue Manual and accompanying forms to the Regional Coordinators and familiarizing them with the rescue process. The National Co-Chairs approve all reimbursements from the Rescue Fund and make the final decision regarding euthanasia of a rescue dog. They also make the final decision on any questions related to the dog being purebred, and regarding temperament and health conditions that are borderline.

      The National Co-Chairs need to have experience with Belgian Malinois and experience working in rescue if at all possible. At times they need to make very tough decisions about which dogs are to be taken into rescue and which aren't, which home is suitable for a particular rescue dog, as well as determining which problems are within the scope of our rescue program. They are responsible for the overall smooth operation of the entire rescue program.

      The responsibilities outlined below may be delegated to a Regional Coordinator with the exception of: approval of expenses, euthanasia determination, and decisions on any borderline suitability questions or situations that are controversial. The National Co-Chairs will assist the Regional Coordinators in making decisions that are not cut and dried.

    • Responsibilities Include:

      • Providing Information to potential adoptive families: sending out the Rescue Information Packet [Rescue Brochure, Malinois FAQ and Rescue Adoption Application forms.

      • Screening Completed Applications: from anyone desiring to adopt a rescue Malinois and carefully checking to ascertain the suitability of the applicant 's home situation: fenced yard, other dogs, other animals, toddlers, and topics such as where the dog will be housed at night, etc)

      • Reference Checks: Telephoning applicant's personal references as well as their Veterinarian, to obtain input on the home situation, previous veterinarian care given to other animals, and corroboration of information the applicant supplied on his application form.

      • Monitoring the Belg-L [Internet Email list for all varieties of Belgian Shepherds] to ascertain whether there are Malinois in need of rescue. If one is found, then contacting the Regional Coordinators of that area and working with them to evaluate the dog and, if suitable, admitting the dog into the ABMC Rescue system. The National Co-Chairs need to maintain an overview of all the dogs within the rescue system at any given time and provide assistance and support for the Regional Coordinators and Local Area Contacts.

    • Belgian Malinois Evaluation Process:

      The National Co-chairs and their Regional Coordinators both need to be certain that the person going to identify a potential rescue dog is aware of, and will follow, all ABMC Rescue Policy and Procedures. The Malinois I.D. sheet can be helpful and should be made available to all ABMC rescue volunteers. In case there is doubt, the final decision for a Malinois being purebred rests with the National Co-Chairs.

      The following evaluations must be made:

      1. Evaluation of whether the dog is a purebred Belgian Malinois?

      2. Initial temperament evaluation.

      3. Health Evaluation

    • Foster Care Families:

      The National Co-Chairs work with the Regional Coordinators on locating and approving foster care families for dogs in the rescue program. The National Co-Chairs need to be sure that the Regional Coordinators have supplied the foster family with all the necessary paperwork: ABMC Forms: Foster Family Application Form, Adoption Application Form, Release Form, Rescue Report Form, and Expense Reimbursement Form. The release form must be signed before the dog is accepted from an individual owner. Shelters are not required to sign this form. When the dog is ready to be adopted the Foster Family must obtain an Adoption Contract before releasing the dog.

    • Adoption Process:

      The National Co-Chairs need to get a detailed report about the new rescue dog in order for them to help in matching the dog to a potential adoptive home.

    • Advertising Rescue Dogs: The National Co-Chairs and/or the Regional Coordinators need to ensure that dogs are placed promptly on the official ABMC Rescue Web site: [Rescue dog pictures need to be sent in .jpg format to: Lyn Harral at webmaster@malinoisrescue.org].

    • Screen potential adoptive families and arrange for them to talk to the foster home about the dog.

    • Paperwork:

      Ensure that the Adoption Contract and adoption fee is signed and paid in full before the adoptive family takes possession of the dog.

    • Record Keeping:

      The National Co-Chairs need to keeps copies of all applications and contracts, approve all expenses and send reimbursement forms to the current ABMC Treasurer.

    • Statistics:

      The National Co-Chairs need to maintain statistics on how many dogs are in the rescue system, where they came from and their disposition (whether adopted, still in foster care or euthanized) and submit periodic reports to the Board of Directors. A year-end report is presented each year at the Annual Meeting at the National Specialty.

    • Communication:

      The National Co-Chairs are responsible for sending out copies of the ABMC Rescue Brochure to shelters and to notify other rescue groups of the existence of ABMC rescue.

    • Local Area Contacts:

      It is crucial that the National Co-Chairs and the Regional Coordinators develop volunteer local area contacts to represent areas within a region. Local Area Contacts play a large role in the rescue program. National Co-Chairs and/or Regional Coordinators have the responsibility of making sure that the area volunteers are familiar with the ABMC Policies and Procedures before they perform the initial evaluation or accept responsibility of a rescue dog. It is imperative that everyone be aware of polices and procedures which must be followed. Local Area Contacts may be the ones who go to the shelter to identify and evaluate a dog, they may provide the foster care and they should be involved in the placement process as well.

    • Foster Homes:

      If there has been no prior identification and temperament and behavior evaluation of the dog, the foster family is responsible for these evaluations to determine whether the dog is in fact a candidate for the ABMC Rescue program. After the health evaluation , by a veterinarian, the dog would need to be given the standard vaccinations and then be spayed/neutered as soon as possible considering the dog's health. The Foster Family plays an important role in helping to place the dog and need to observe the dog carefully to evaluate his temperament and behavior so that an accurate assessment of the dog can be made. The Foster Family, together with the National Co-Chairs, Regional Coordinators, Local Area Contacts, work as a team to try to find the most suitable home for a particular dog. The Foster Family also assists ABMC rescue by talking to prospective potential adoptive families and evaluating their suitability for this particular dog.

    • Foster Home expenses:

      Only expenses stated in the ABMC Policy and Procedure Manual are reimbursable. Any veterinary expenses not listed under the "Veterinary Services" paragraph need to be approved before the expenses are incurred. Receipts need to be sent in for approval to the National Co-Chairs for all reimbursable expenses. Toys, crates, collars, leashes are not reimbursable. The foster family will bear the expense of housing and feeding the dog.

      Effective Date - September 1, 2006: All original receipts for expenses must be submitted to the coordinator within 180 days (6 months) of the receipt date. If the foster Malinois is adopted anytime prior to 180 days then receipts must be submitted within 90 days (3 mos) of the dog's final adoption date. If the receipts are not filed by that deadline, they can not be reimbursed.

      Download a PDF file that provides a more complete list of Reimbursements and what will and will not be reimbursement.

    • Training:

      Most rescue dogs need to be reminded about their basic canine good citizen manners such as housebreaking, walking on leash, not jumping up, going in and out of their crate and more. The Foster Family needs to help the dog know right from wrong so that he becomes easier to place in an adoptive home.

    • Adoption:

      Once the foster family and the National Co-Chairs or Regional Coordinators agree that an adoptive family is suitable the foster family is then responsible to ensure that the Adoption Contract Form is signed and the ABMC fee has been paid.

    • ABMC RESCUE FORMS:
      1. Rescue Brochure
      2. Malinois FAQ Sheet
      3. Malinois I.D. Sheet
      4. Adoption Application Form
      5. Adoption Contract
      6. Release Form
      7. Rescue Report
      8. Rescue Reimbursement From

Note: This manual has been written by Kathy Greenwood and Catherine Shields with help from Stella Moore and input from Sharon Burke, Lisa Epperson and Debra Manos. The ABMC Board of Directors approved the Manual at the June 16, 1999 Board Meeting.



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