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Founded in January 2019, Maremma Rescue SA Inc is a small Not-for-profit group who aim to protect and care for Maremmas and other Livestock Guardian Dog breeds (LGD) in South Australia.
We are passionate and knowledgeable about LGD breeds. All our members and foster carers are experienced, either current or previous, owners of Maremmas/large breed dogs and feel deeply motivated to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Maremmas and LGD breeds in need.
Due to the general nature and instincts of LGD breeds, many find themselves in need of rehoming or rescuing. Maremma Rescue SA assists both owners and dogs through a wide recommendation of training techniques we have learnt through our own experience, research and contacts. We have access to a wide community of knowledge and support and are more than happy to share this with fellow LGD owners.
All Maremmas and similar breeds available for adoption through Maremma Rescue SA will be fully vet checked, vaccinated, wormed and as the law requires, microchipped and de-sexed (unless too young and an agreement will be entered to de-sex the dog later).
LGD breeds do not handle pound situations well. They are naturally wary of strangers, do not cope well in confined spaces and are very intuitive and sensitive to distressful noise. Due to this, they can become very mentally reserved, scared and even aggressive in pound situations. This behaviour then makes it difficult to safely rehome them. This is why we aim to foster them in a conducive family or livestock environment, until such time that there is a suitable forever home.
Ideally, we believe Maremmas and LGD breeds thrive best on hobby farm situations where they are bonded to livestock but also are allowed to socialise/interact with the family when they are ‘off duty’. However, we support dogs being homed in both working and companion/suburban environments but feel that suitability to either situation is determined by the nature and behaviour of the dog.
Maremmas have become an increasingly popular breed in the past few years and many people are now buying them as companion dogs in Suburban environments. Many of them do make great companions but unfortunately some of them have very strong working instinct due to 2,000 years of genetic material that makes them a wonderful Livestock Guardian. In this case some of them are not suitable for suburban environments and need to be trained and rehomed as a livestock guardian. They need to have a ‘job’, even when they are solely a companion dog, otherwise, they can become bored and this can show through barking, hostility, hard to manage, destructive, etc. We urge anyone considering a Livestock Guardian breed to thoroughly research the common breed traits before choosing to own one. The main reason why Maremmas are surrendered is due to barking. This is commonly why they are not recommended to be housed in close proximity to neighbours. In saying this, some of our team successfully own companion Maremmas in suburbia but stress the importance of allowing them to coexist with the family, focusing on training, desensitisation, socialisation and creating plenty of enrichment activities.
We understand that Maremmas are extremely beautiful dogs and incredible cute puppies and it is easy for anyone to see one and fall madly in love. However, love doesn’t always work out so without judgement, we are here for those owners who feel they need extra advice with behaviour or even need to find a more suitable home for their dog.
For anyone considering a Livestock Guardian breed or anyone needing training tips, please check out our notes section on this page for useful information and please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information and guidance.
Donations are much appreciated
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Maremma Rescue SA
We will receive all applications and inquiries. The most suitable applicants will receive a call back to arrange a time to meet the dog. If they would like to adopt the dog, Maremma rescue SA will arrange a time to take the dog to the applicants home as a second meet and great and also counts as a property check. If everything seems satisfactory and the dog is comfortable, we will start a 2 week refundable trial period from that day. We ask the applicant to commit to this period unless in case of emergency. At the end of the 2 week trial, we will check in and see if the applicant wishes to proceed with adoption. If yes, a 3 month non-refundable trial period will commence with ongoing support from Maremma Rescue SA if required.