Owning a "true" Rescue dog is not for the faint of heart. Of course, while we work with dogs prior to adopting them out and ensure, to the best of our ability, that they are safe to adopt out. A percentage of the work with each dog always needs to be completed by the person who will be having them in their house full time (ie. The Adopter). We can only assist so far in foster care and need the Adopter to ensure they stick to any guidelines we give them and create a loving, stable household for our rescue dogs.
Nothing good comes easy, if you want a Rescue dog, you need to be willing to put in the effort required to make it a balanced, stable, family pet. It is often useful to consider WHY you want a rescue dog and if a rescue dog fits yours or your families' needs. Yes, it is a great feeling to adopt a Rescue a dog that needs a home - but they can certainly be much more work than the "blank-slate" of an 8 week old puppy at times.
Many people often like the idea of adopting a Rescue dog as it makes them feel better rather than purchasing a dog from a Breeder. However, you do need to consider whether you are really, truly ready to commit to a dog that may need ongoing support, resources, socialization, training and your assistance.
To be a successful owner of a Rescue dog you need to ensure you have: