Rescue and Relocation Program

Rescue Contacts

Contact a volunteer about placing a PWD in the rescue program.

PWD Rescue Contacts

The primary responsibility of the Rescue & Relocation Program is to help all PWD's that are in need of a new home. We have had PWD's that have been found in shelters, turned in by owners, advertised for sale in a local paper, and found wandering the streets with no identification. We make every effort to find out who the breeder is, but many times this is not a possibility. When we can determine the breeder, we will inform him/her and expect them to either take the dog back, or to help with the expenses we incur in placing the dog. When the breeder is not known, then we will take full responsibility for the dog, and do our best to place it in a suitable new home. We will spay/neuter if necessary, as no dog will be placed through rescue unless this is done. We will also have a health checkup on the dog, and bring all shots up to date if necessary.

The secondary responsibility of the Rescue & Relocation Program is to help owners who are having problems with their dogs. There are many times when we get calls from owners that do not want to give up on their dog, but are having a problem and don't know where else to turn. If Rescue can help these owners, then we feel we have helped to prevent a dog from being turned over to our Rescue program.

We will follow up on all dogs to insure that the placement is working out, and will take back any dog that the new owner is not happy with.

All club members can help with Rescue by checking their local papers for any dogs that are advertised, checking their local shelters if possible, and becoming "mentors" to new owners. This is especially important when a PWD has been sold to an owner who resides in a different part of the country than the breeder.

If any club member is aware of a dog that is in need of rescue, they should advise the owner to contact their breeder, if possible. This should be done before Rescue is contacted. If contacting the breeder is not a possibility, or if the breeder declines to help, or cannot help, then Rescue should be contacted.


If you are interested in adopting a Portuguese Water Dog from the PWDCA Rescue, download and complete this application .

Being a Foster Home

Unfortunately, a Rescue Rep cannot always keep the dog at her home or rescues occur when there isn’t a Rescue Rep available. We need foster homes all over the country. A foster home must be where a PWDCA member resides, so that means we need YOU. Additional details on what it means to be a foster home are in the Foster Home Information Guide .

If you would like to volunteer to be a foster home, please submit the Foster Home Application . You can submit it to one of our Foster Volunteer Co-Chairs: Martha Litke (West of the Mississippi) or Kathy Clark (East of the Mississippi).

Shelter PWD Flyer

Many times PWDs end up in shelters and we want to make sure that they aren’t misidentified as another breed. We would like every PWDCA member to download the Shelter Flyer and take it to their local shelters in case a PWD ever ends up there.

Rescues don’t happen often, but when they do, we need you. Thank you for volunteering.

PWDCA Rescue, Inc. is a nonstock, 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. It is a separate corporation from the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Inc., however it has only one member and that is the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Inc.

Your generous support will continue to fund the rescue and relocation program for Portuguese Water Dogs.  Donations may be made in memory or honor of someone very special in your life (person or dog), and a tax deductible donation receipt will be issued to you in their honor or memory by PWDCA Rescue, Inc.

Bonnie Bryan, President
PWDCA Rescue, Inc.
877-328-PWDS (7937)

The PWDCA Rescue, Inc. Board meets on a quarterly basis, and minutes of these meetings are reported to the PWDCA Board. The Rescue Board minutes can be found on the minutes page along with the PWDCA Board minutes.

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