One of the question people often ask when I suggest that they look first at dog
rescues and animal shelters is- Can I really find a "good"
dog there? The answer is YES, You bet, Without a doubt and I personally wouldn't look anywhere else.
|Pepino was found, starving and bleeding from fleas by
a police office in the inner city. A few weeks after being adopted at L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue, Pepino is a "new man" !
There are as many reasons that dog may be at a rescue as there are reasons
for wanting a dog.
Here's a few:
- Death in the family- Sad as it may seem, some people do not
value their canine family member as a true family member. I recall a recent incident where an elderly lady
passed away and the first act her family took to prepare for the sale of her home was to drop her beloved dog
and companion off the pound...unwanted. This dog had been the mother's only true companion for years and should
have been accorded a welcome home and safe harbor for the rest of her canine life. Instead, she was thrown out
with all the rest of the trash that had accumulated during mom's last illness. A loving and happy dog, this
fully house trained and not very needy companion would be a perfect addition to many a home and almost any
heart. Take a look at some of the dogs available at dog rescues, ASPCA and Humane Society locations around the
United States by clicking here
- Loss of job- While dogs are relatively low maintenance
companions, there is a certain amount of investment required for food, regular and emergency veterinary care,
licenses, and a few toys and treats. Folks on a very low income that find themselves out of work and higher
paid employees that suddenly find themselves unemployed may decide that having a dog is too much of a financial
burden. ( Frequently, this is an excuse but is the reason given by some who just don't want the commitment of a
companion any longer) Like the family who dumped mom's dog after her demise, a wonderful and loving dog of any
breed may find temporary home at a dog rescue....and could be just the perfect dog for a single or family
ready to make a place in their heart and home for a new companion for life.
- Loss of Home- Foreclosure, eviction, moving due to
employment, relationships, you name it. When the home goes, the most disposable member of the family often goes
first...the family dog. I'll make no excuse for these folks....with a little effort a new home or apartment can
be found in any town or city in the nation that is pet friendly. But, that's not our concern in this article (
although we'll discuss it later). The fact remains that a great dog can be the misfortune victim of such a
loss...first the home and suddenly the person he or she loves the most
- Illness in family- Grave illnesses can cause an incredible
amount of stress on a family. I have experienced terminal illness in my own family and the time and emotional
stress that ensues can prove too much for some people and they willingly abandon the companion that could help
brighten their spirits as they traverse this sad and difficult path
- Moving to a new home- Like those that have lost a home,
some will find a new home in a community that does not permit dogs. The new home, being more important to them
than their canine family member, they dump the dog and plan a housewarming.
- Marriage or divorce- Getting married can be a celebration
for the whole family. And if your new spouse doesn't like dogs...well off the dog may go ( I would suggest
finding this out before getting too serious and not marrying someone like this) And divorce can be the
worst experience many will ever encounter. Looking to start anew, the best option would be to keep your pal and
build a new life together. But we have seen many dogs who get discarded as soon as the ink on the divorce
papers is dry.
- Birth of litter- So Molly has a new litter of cute
little cocker spaniels? Gosh, they're cute. What are you going to do with them? Unfortunately, the answer for
many is a trip to the shelter. The lucky ones may get taken in by a
rescue that has the room and can properly take care of them until a good home is found.
Special Need Dogs-
- Example 1- Willy is a 14 mos old Chihuahua and is wandering
the mean streets of south Los Angeles. Flea ridden, bleeding, his fur is eaten away and he is
starving...unwanted and scared to death. A wonderful police office rescues him off the street and we
participate in his rescue to our home. His new name is Pepino and just look at him now at the top of this
- Example 2-Fido is suddenly 12 years old and has arthritis
and sees out of only one eye. Full of love and a sweet companion he is no longer the physical specimen he once
was. But, for a special person, a senior or any true dog lover, Fido will make a wonderful companion for the
rest of his life.
- Finally, buying a dog is NO GUARANTEE that you are getting a perfect
dog. In fact many puppies sold at pet stores are bred in horrible conditions in puppy mills. Learn
more about why this is WORST way to get a dog and help STOP PUPPY MILLS HERE
- If you know someone who could use some help KEEPING a dog so that crowded
shelters and rescues will have one less adoptee, send them to Pets911
- Shelter Rescues- Due to the overcrowding in shelters, many
fine rescues will save wonderful dogs from euthanasia on the their last day and make them available for
adoption and a second lease on life
- Breeders- The color of the pups is not just right or they
don't have show quality. Off they go to a rescue where these loveable pups will find a home. But for the
fact that they wouldn't demand top dollar from a sale, these pups can become a wonderful addition to your home
and family. Purebred Rescues are also a great source for wonderful pets. Check out a revealing
Whether you are looking to adopt a specific breed or just a great companion dog
check first rescues such as L.I.F.E, Petfinder and
your local animal