In 2004, Dick and MaryLou Kuklentz rescued a lovely little Scottie girl named Annabel from the Greater Washington D.C. Scottish Terrier club. From that point on, they were hooked! The Kuklentz family has been active in Scottish Terrier rescue since then. Two years ago, the National Scottish Terrier Rescue Coordinators asked Dick and MaryLou to coordinate North Carolina’s program.
This year, the Kuklentz joined forces with Lucky and Cristy Brigman of South Carolina’s Scottish Terrier Rescue, to form the Scottish Terrier of the Carolinas. Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Carolinas is affiliated with the National Scottish Terrier Club of America (STCA) Rescue Program.
The STCA is monitored by the American Kennel Club to ensure that all AKC guidelines are met. Since the merge of the Carolina’s rescue program two years ago, somewhere between 150 and 200 Scotties have been helped throughout the Carolinas.
Scotties are loved and adopted by a variety of people, from single adults to families with children to retired persons. If you are interested in adopting and rescuing a Scottie in North or South Carolina, the process is as follows:
- The applicant should fill out a rescue application that can be found on the STCA website and/or contact either the Kuklentz or Brigman family.
- The applicant will be called or emailed after the application has been received.
- An initial telephone interview is held.
- A veterinary reference and a personal reference check is conducted.
- A home visit is held prior to the decision.
- If approved a Scottie will be placed with the family. The rescue coordinators do follow up with the family to ensure that everyone has adjusted to the new family member.
The rescue process can be lengthy at times, depending on the number of available Scottish Terriers. Persons who are interested are encouraged to complete the process so that their approval is completed and they are ready as soon as a Scottie is in need of a home.
If you have, or know of, a Scottish Terrier that needs to be rescued, please email [email protected] North Carolina, or [email protected] South Carolina. Each Scottie that is brought into the rescue program is fully vetted, spayed or neutered and brought up to date on all shots prior to adoption.
The current economic conditions have affected all non-profit organizations, including rescue programs such as this. If you or someone you know would be able to contribute to a deserving organization, there are two main ways that would be greatly appreciated. The first area is through donation of your time. The Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Carolinas needs foster families, help with transportation, and persons to conduct home visits throughout North and South Carolina.
The second area is financial donations. Often times, Scotties are put up for adoption needing medical attention, which can be costly. A donation is asked of the person adopting the Scottir, but often these donations do not cover the complete cost of medical care. The Scotties must also be fed and groomed, so even the smallest donations can go a long way.
Rescuing a Scottish Terrier is as wonderful and selfless an act as the people are who run this organization. This rescue program makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of every Scottie it encounters; Scotties who cannot help themselves. For more information on donations to the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Carolinas, or questions regarding adopting a Scottie, go to http://clubs.akc.org/stca/rescue.htm.