Skye Terrier Rescue
What is Skye Terrier Rescue?
Skye Rescue is a volunteer, not for profit program whose purpose it is to help Skye Terriers who through no fault of their own are orphaned, abandoned or in need of re-homing. Most Skye who enter the rescue loop are rescued from shelters or humane associations. Other have been given up by owners who are unable or unwilling to continue to care for their Skyes.
What does Rescue do?
Skye Rescue rescues Skyes in distress. This program rescues and places approximately 20 Skyes each year. Once a Skye Terrier joins our rescue family, he is evaluated for temperament, personality, medical statue, and his specific needs. All Rescue Skyes are spayed or neutered prior to placement. All Rescue Skyes are current on vaccinations, screened for heartworm and treated if necessary, and deemed to be healthy prior to placement. Skye Rescue evaluates each Skye’s individual needs to assess who they in order to make the best placement decision both for the Skye and the adoptive family.
Skye Rescue carefully screens, reviews rescue applications and interviews prospective adoptive families. It is the goal of Skye Rescue to best match the needs and personality of each rescue Skye with that of the prospective home. Our high rate of success is because of the care taken evaluating both the Rescue Skye, the applicants and then finding the best possible home for each Skye. It is Rescue’s goal that each adoption result in a permanent home for these needy Skye Terriers.
What are Rescue Skyes like?
Skye Terriers are a medium sized dog with short legs. They stand approximately 10″ -13″ at the shoulder, whose body is approximately 20″ – 25″ long as measured from the keel bone ( point of chest) to the base of the tail, and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. Skyes appear very low and long and should be two times as long as they are tall. Skyes are a long coated breed whose coat may hang to the floor. The coats on Rescue Skyes may be cut down or very short. Their coat color can be black, any shade of gray or cream with black ears. Sometimes their ear are gray rather than black. Skyes can have either prick ears (standing up) or drop ears (similar to spaniel ears). Most Rescue Skyes are adult dogs – young adults to senior citizens. Our is a long lived breed many living until 13 – 14 years of age.
Rescue Skyes have proven that Skyes are a very adaptable breed with a forgiving spirit. They are a uniquely wonderful, special and truly ‘heavenly’ breed. Skyes are very bright and pragmatic enough to understand that they have been to the pits and recognize gentle, patient, loving care, structure and support when offered. Skye Rescue has successfully re-homed or assisted over 150 Skyes in distress.
However, a Skye may not be the right dog for everyone. Skyes are a breed with an independent point of view. They do not accept dominance for the sake of dominance; owners must earn a Skye’s respect, love and acceptance. We often say that folks who live with Skyes are owned by them. Skye Terriers are intelligent, sensitive but strong willed. Skyes can be stubborn and protective of their territory and their people. They may appear shy, fearful or perhaps even aggressive if in a stressful, unknown, unsuitable, cornered or unusual situation. Once these stressed Skyes are allowed to rehabilitate and are given time to heal, they make fabulous dogs to live with. They do not take kindly to harsh correction or criticism. Training of a Skye is most successful when approached as something positive and a fun activity to do together. As with most terriers, harsh correction or aggressive training will only make a Skye Terrier more aggressive.
Skye Terriers require regular grooming. They should be brushed weekly and bathed every two – three weeks.
What does it cost to adopt a Skye Terrier?
Adopting a Rescue Skye is an excellent way to own a pure bred Skye Terrier whose temperament, personality and medical statue have carefully been screened and matched to the needs and life style or the applicant. There is no mandatory adoption fee; we ask the adoptive family to reimburse us, if possible, for any shipping costs, if required to the new home. We also ask for a voluntary tax deductible donation to the Skye Terrier Foundation to allow us to continue to asset other Skyes in distress. Most of our funds come from the generosity of friends of our ‘heavenly’ Skyes who make it possible for Skye Rescue to continue its good works.
How can you help?
The success of Skye Terrier Rescue depends on each of us. We ask you to be our eyes and ears. We ask you to contact us immediately if you learn of a Skye Terrier who needs to be rescued, is in a Shelter or Humane Association facility or if you have you can no longer keep.