Buying a Small Munsterlander

SMCNA Rescue Program

Please contact only about rescue – not a breeder referral.

There are on occasion adult Small Munsterlanders that need a new home. Some dogs come from homes where there is a sudden realization that this is indeed a hunting breed that needs exercise, attention, devotion, training, grooming, and A JOB. Some come from homes where the owner’s life circumstances change. Some come from local animal shelters where they’ve been picked up as strays or owner surrender. We have dogs of all ages and physical conditions that come through our Rescue Program.

You should approach the adoption with the expectation that the rescue SM needs and deserves as much attention and devotion that a carefully chosen puppy bought from a breeder. You will need to practice the same patience, training, socialization, housebreaking, grooming and health care.

Adopting a Rescue Small Munsterlander can be an excellent idea for people looking for a new family member that is past the “cute little infant” stage of life. Active families with a large, well fenced yard, and whose children (if any) are old enough and mature enough to handle and care for a hunting dog, are the most successful homes. Most Small Munsterlanders are good with children and are amazingly resilient and quick to adapt to new conditions and bond to their new family members quickly.

We are pleased that you are interested in assisting us in rescuing a Small Munsterlanders. There are some points that you should be aware of before you make your final decision.

There is always a conscious effort to match the dog to the appropriate home. We try to place our hunting dogs in hunting homes, but not all rescues are hunters. We also place good family dogs as pets in non-hunting homes that provide other outdoor activities. The Small Munsterlander is a high-energy hunting dog that is bred to hunt and loves to do so. They are loyal, people loving dogs who do not do well in a kennel, on a run, or away from “their” people. They need active owners who include them in activities.

All of our rescued Small Munsterlanders are either neutered or spayed and micro chipped before adoption. You are, as the adopter, responsible for expenses charged by the shelter where the dog is located, neuter/spay expense, micro chipping, vet fees, foster home medical expenses and any other expenses incurred for its rescue. We try to find volunteers to move the rescues from Point A to Point B to get them to new homes.

How can I adopt a Rescue Small Munsterlander?

After reading the above parameters, if you are interested in adopting a Small Munsterlander, please fill out the online adoption application. The electronic adoption application is comprehensive and will inquire about your family and housing situation. We find that having completed applications on file is the best way to find a home efficiently when a dog becomes available. Please do not e-mail us about the status of your application once it is submitted, all applications are logged in our database and evaluated each time a dog comes available for adoption – we find this is the best way to ensure that a potential forever home is the best fit for each individual dog.

When you adopt a dog you will be required to sign an Adoption Contract in which you agree to provide a safe, caring home for the dog, and if – for ANY reason in the future – you find that you can no longer care for the dog, that you WILL RETURN the dog to the SMCNA Rescue Program. You can expect to be asked that a financial donation be made to the SMCNA Rescue Program to help defray the great costs incurred in this effort.

Rescue Application PDF

How do I surrender my Small Munsterlander to rescue?

Please email rescue@smcna.org to place a Small Munsterlander to rescue. We request all registration papers, health records, and any other paperwork relating to the dog be provided to the rescue volunteer at the time of transfer. We also request that all dogs coming into our program be neutered or spayed and be current on all shots, whenever possible.

Financial Assistance
The SMCNA Rescue Program is run solely by a very small group of busy volunteers using only donations, financial help is critical to its success. Dogs that are brought into our Rescue Program are provided with veterinary care; spay/neutering board, and grooming. Most donations do not begin to cover the actual costs incurred. We GRATEFULLY accept donations in any amount from anyone wanting to contribute to helping us re-home these dogs in need.

Please send your donations to the SMCNA Treasurer.