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Adopting A Dog From A Dog Shelter Or Animal Rescue Group

A dog shelter or animal rescue group is a good starting point in your quest to find the perfect four-legged companion. Many people rule adopting a dog from a dog shelter or rescue group because they fear that the dogs are damaged goods. An animal rescue group does take stray dogs from the street but a g shelter isn't a place where bad or damaged dogs are discarded. In many cases, a canine will find themselves in a shelter because their owner can no longer accommodate them. This happens sometimes when people are forced to rent an apartment that will not accept pets, travel frequently for business, start a family or move into a city dwelling that isn't suitable for their dog. Shelters, for many of these dogs, are their last hope for being put into a loving home. With a constant new stream of dogs, all in need of a home, there is simply no place to house every single dog and some may be put to sleep if a potential savior doesn't step forward.

It's good to keep a few things in mind before adopting a dog. First, make sure you are adopting from a legitimate source. Most dog organizations have storefronts. Many animal rescue groups operate from the owner's home. There are untrustworthy wholesale breeders and dog brokers that become "a rescue shelter" because they don't meet federal and state mandated requirements for breeders or shelters. Be sure to ask the animal rescue group for a tour of the premises so you can examine the conditions your potential dog has lived in. The conditions of the facilities should also be examined but animal rescue groups aren't subject to the same type of state or local inspection that a shelter is subject to. Ask the manager or owner of the rescue group if they are incorporated as a non-profit in your state. Try to use the American Kennel Club's (AKC) website to find a reputable dog shelter or animal rescue group.

These groups should interview you to ensure that their dogs are being matched with an appropriate owner. They will ask questions about your lifestyle, pet history, and knowledge of the dog breed you are interested in adopting. Distrust any dog shelter or rescue group that willingly accepts your money without getting a feel for who you are.