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Rescue Guidelines

The Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Rescue & Health Trust (“the Trust”) provides financial assistance for the rescue and re-homing of homeless Tibetan Spaniels. To this end, the Trust partners with the Rescue Coordinator and advisors from the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America, Inc. (TSCA).  TSCA’s rescue mission is to place homeless Tibetan Spaniels with loving, lifelong, adoptive families and to enhance the love of this enchanting breed. For information about adopting a rescue Tibetan Spaniel, see Adoption on the TSCA website.

The following guidelines are a general framework for disbursement of Trust funds for rescue.

What is a Rescue Tibetan Spaniel?

A rescue is a Tibetan Spaniel who has no owner(s) and is homeless for any reason. A dog must meet this definition in order to qualify for the Trust’s financial assistance. The following are not considered rescues:

  • A Tibetan Spaniel who is owned by a person or persons, including a pet shop or commercial breeder/puppy mill, is not a rescue. Rescue is not a re-homing service for those who do not want to keep a dog.
  • A Tibetan Spaniel who is identified as owned or bred by a member of TSCA Inc. is not a rescue.  The owner(s) and/or breeder of record is responsible for the dog.
  • A Tibetan Spaniel who is determined to be a biter, terminally ill, or otherwise unadoptable should be humanely euthanized.

Reimbursement of Expenses

To qualify for reimbursement, the Trust must pre-approve all expenditures for rescue Tibetan Spaniels. No care or service should be purchased until the Trust has approved the expenditure.  The Trust…

  • will approve expenses up to $500 per Tibetan Spaniel to cover the cost of veterinary care and 1-2 days boarding before placement in a foster home.  The Trust should be notified of any major health issues noted during veterinary exam.
  • will reimburse fees for releasing Tibetan Spaniels to TSCA Rescue from licensed animal shelters on a pre-approved basis.
  • may approve funds for transporting a rescue Tibetan Spaniel to foster care.
  • may approve additional funding on a case-by-case basis. However, the Trust must pre-approve all such expenditures.
  • does not fund the purchase of dogs from pet shops or puppy mills.
  • does not reimburse veterinary expenses for Tibetan Spaniels who are acquired from puppy mills or who are in the care of rescue groups that charge a re-homing fee unless the dogs are first relinquished to TSCA Rescue.

To request reimbursement of expenses incurred, submit the Expense Reimbursement Request, along with all receipts, to the Trust Treasurer.

Veterinary Protocol

Routine Examination and Treatment

All rescue Tibetan Spaniels must be vetted by a licensed veterinarian before placement, as follows:

  • Rescue Tibetan Spaniels must be neutered or spayed. At time of spaying, the veterinarian should check for mammary tumors.
  • All vaccinations must be up to date, including rabies and DHPP.
  • Rescue Tibetan Spaniels must be on heartworm medication. If the dog is not currently on heartworm medication, blood work is to be completed to rule out heartworms, and heartworm medication is to begin after heartworm testing returns a negative result.
  • A fecal sample should be taken and, if necessary, worming medication administered.
  • Nails are to be checked. If they are seriously overgrown, they are to be trimmed to an appropriate length, under anesthetic if quicking is necessary.
  • Teeth are to be checked and, if excessive tartar and periodontal disease are present, they should be cleaned.
  • Skin and ears are to be checked and, if extensive care is needed, they should be treated.
  • All procedures requiring anesthesia should be completed under one general anesthetic, if possible.

Special Considerations

  • Any rescue Tibetan Spaniel who is 8 years old or older should have complete blood work to ascertain the health of an aging Tibbie.
  • If a rescue Tibetan Spaniels shows signs of hyper-pigmentation, is noticeably overweight, is lethargic, and/or has appreciable thinning of coat, thyroid testing should be done at the same time as heartworm testing.
  • Any rescue Tibetan Spaniel who exhibits signs of aggression is to have a full panel of blood work, including thyroid testing and cortisol level check. If the blood work is normal, the Tibbie should be evaluated for liver disease, which can cause aggressive behavior due to the build-up of ammonia toxins in the blood.  A fasting bile acid test, followed by feeding and a repeat of the bile acid test is to be performed. The Tibbie should also be immediately placed on a low protein/vegetarian diet and watched for behavior changes.
  • A rescue Tibetan Spaniel from a shelter or puppy mill should receive all of the veterinary care described above.  In addition, if a breeder will be fostering the rescue Tibbie on his/her premises, brucellosis testing should be done.

Funding Sources

To provide complete accountability and transparency of its financial status, the Trust will publish its income and expenses on this site on a regular basis and will periodically furnish reports to the TSCA Board of Directors.

  • The Trust carries out periodic fund-raising activities to meet the financial needs of rescue.
  • Persons selected to adopt a rescue Tibetan Spaniel must submit an Adoption Placement Agreement. The Trust asks for a donation to help fund the program. This is usually $250.
  • The Trust gladly accepts donations from Tibetan Spaniel lovers worldwide.