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USKBTC Rescue is committed to protecting the Kerry Blue Terrier.  Fortunately, few Kerry Blues enter rescue but, for those who do, the dedicated volunteers of the USKBTC stand ready to assist in re-homing the Kerry.  

The USKBTC Code of Ethics states that breeders should  assume lifetime responsibility for dogs they produce.  Our first step with each rescue is to identify and contact the breeder. We know that one phone call to our responsible breeders will assure that the dog’s future will be secure. If the breeder cannot take the dog back, USKBTC Rescue will care for and place the dog. Sadly, most rescue dogs are not bred by club members but are either imports or bred by commercial breeders.

Dogs typically spend a minimum of two weeks in foster care to allow for full evaluation of the dog’s medical condition, temperament and behavior. We then search for a home that matches the dog’s needs. Often a club member who lives nearby will pre-screen the prospective new home and then mentor the new owner. While the majority of financial support comes directly from concerned club members, some funds are raised through adoption fees, raffles, auctions, etc.

If you would like to help with the USKBTC Rescue program, we always welcome volunteers who can do any job, small or large. We need people who can donate their time to watch for Kerries in shelters, check references, do homes visits, mentor new owners, transport dogs, and especially those who are willing to provide foster care in their home for a rescued Kerry. If you can help, please contact us at


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