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Finding the right dog for you doesn't necessarily mean getting a puppy. Other than the puppy I had as a child, all of my dogs have been adults and they've been wonderful! I was able to skip the housebreaking/chewing stages and the bonds were just as strong as if I'd raised them from puppyhood.

The perception of second-hand dogs as "problem" dogs isn't an accurate one. Although some dogs end up with rescue groups because of behavior problems, they are not necessarily problems that a new owner will face. A dog that is given up because it barks all day and all night in the backyard won't necessarily have that same problem when adopted by people that make the dog a part of the family instead of a lawn ornament. Many years ago my parents got a 5 year old Shetland Sheepdog that was available because he'd been retired from the show ring. That doesn't qualify as a "rescue", but it's an example of one of the ways adult dogs become available for adoption. He was a superb pet. Pierce, my Labrador, moved in when he was three years old and his family had to give him up because of their baby's allergies.

Consider adopting an adult dog!

Don't be offended when you are asked a million and two questions. The goal of any rescue group is to find a "forever" home for the dog. It is not a good practice to adopt dogs into a home with an "Oh well, we'll see how it goes" attitude. It's best for you and for the dog if everyone already has a reasonable expectation of how it's going to go. They will be brutally honest with you about any problems of which they are aware, it's important that you do the same.

If a rescue group does not check you out as thoroughly as you check them out, something's wrong. 

For additional information on how rescue groups operate check out this page from the fine folks at

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Boston Buddies - Southern California Boston Terrier Rescue

Monmore Green Retired Greyhound Trust (UK)

Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Golden Retriever Rescue (National)

German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue and placement service

Wisconsin Chow Chow Rescue: Homepage

Boxer Rescue (Ohio)

Whippet Rescue 

Dachshund Rescue

H.E.L.P. Shelter Dog Rescue

Australian Shepherd Rescue

Texas Lab Rescue

Basset Hound Ranch


You don't have to adopt a dog to help out -- you can give your time (and money!) to your breed's rescue group. They always need plenty of both. :-) 

Debbie McKean


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