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Adopting a Rescue Dog
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Adopting an unwanted dog from an animal shelter can be a good idea for many people who want a dog. Some prospective dog owners are put off the idea because they believe that these canines are difficult animals, that they were only abandoned because of behavioural difficulties. In most cases, this is very far from the truth. Most dogs end up in a dog shelter for various reasons other than their own behaviour or personality. Common reasons are things such as the owners no longer have time to look after a dog, they're moving from a house into an apartment, they owners are divorcing and neither of them can or want to take the dog, the owner dies or goes into a nursing home, the owner cannot afford the costs of owning a dog, or a new baby is expected and the dog doesn't "fit in" to the new lifestyle. These dogs are good, well-trained, well-behaved and loyal pets and they areseeking a new home through no fault of their own.

Rescue dogs can be a very good choice for many people who simply don't want the difficulties that training a young puppy can entail. It goes without saying that puppies need a lot of time and patience to house-train them, to socialize them, to teach them how to be a good dog in later life. In a rescue dog, you will find very often that this initial hard work has already been done, and you will be able to give a homeless dog a good home that he will truly appreciate.

Fostering or Adopting a needy dog - Is it right for your household?
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If you have been thinking that you would like to have a dog perhaps you should consider either fostering or adopting a dog from a rescue group. Rescue groups represent every breed of dog and are always looking for foster homes. Good foster "parents" are very necessary to prepare a dog to become part of a household on a permanent basis. A dog that is being fostered in preparation for adoption needs a stable and loving foster home that will provide training and nurture until his forever home can be found.

As a rule the rescue group pays the vet bills for the pet's care and spay/neuter, shots, and whatever medical conditions need to be addressed. The foster parent provides nurture, builds trust, and quite often is the go-to person for information about the dog's personality, quirks, or special needs when a potential adoptive "forever home" is being considered.

The qualities needed for good foster parents include patience, compassion, firmness, stability, and consistency. Those are the qualities that most "rescue" dogs have never had in their lives.
The difference between buying and adopting a dog
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If you're thinking about adding a new pet into your family, have you considered visiting your local shelter or pet adoption agency? There are many reasons why these places should be considered before a pet "purchase" is made. Below are just a few reasons among many. Before you head out to the pet store at your mall, take a minute to think about adoption.

The most obvious reason someone would want to adopt a pet is the fact that a pet's life is essentially saved through the adoption. Shelters and pet agencies try their best to keep the animals alive and put them in good homes, but sometimes the animals are euthanized; there are just too many homeless pets and not enough loving homes. By adopting a pet, you can ensure that the pet you choose is safe, while opening up a spot at the pet agency for another pet in need.

A second reason to adopt instead of "purchase" is cost. Most of the pets at the shelters have received all of their vaccinations, and they have been spayed or neutered. Although there is cost associated with adoption, it is minimal compared to what it would cost for you to obtain those veterinary services on your own. Plus, the amount you pay helps keep the shelter running, so other pets and families can benefit from the shelter's programs.

Some people have the wrong ideas about pets in shelters; it's common for someone to think that the pet was sent there because of bad behavior. In reality, many pets that end up in shelters were abandoned as a result of divorce, relocation, or inability of the owner to care for the pet. So, don't think that shelters are full of misbehaving animals. Visit a shelter, and spend some time with the animals. You may find a pet that perfectly fits your personality.

Believe it or not, there is often a better selection of animals at a shelter than there is at a pet store. Pet stores are more limited on the number and variety of the pets they carry, while shelters take in pets of all ages and breeds. There are often tons of puppies to choose from, especially those that have been rescued. But, not everyone is looking for a puppy; and it's easy to find a housebroken adult dog at a shelter. Many shelters offer web sites with pictures and information about all of their animals available for adoption. Visiting the web page can save you a lot of time, especially if you have a specific pet in mind.

If you're thinking about bringing a pet into your home, check with your local shelter or pet rescue organization before you hit a pet store. There are a number of benefits to adoption, including lower cost and wider selection. Perhaps the greatest benefit of adoption is the fact that you are essentially saving an animal's life, while clearing space in the agency for another pet in need.

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5 Myths about Adopting Shelter Dogs
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The top reasons that most dogs are surrendered to shelters are 'no time', we are moving' 'allergies'& 'new baby' These are usually thinly veiled answers for other underlying reasons. Most people are usually keen to get a cuddly cute puppy & after a few years they realize that the little puppy has grown into a big dog that requires trips to the vet, exercise and a lot of work.

MYTH-Only old or disabled dogs available for adoption
FACT-Most dogs are young, healthy & have been surrendered for the above reasons that I previously stated. If you are really keen on getting a puppy, visit the shelter often to view all the recent surrenders. Eventually, a dog will come along that will perfectly suit your needs!

MYTH-Only mixed breed dogs are available at shelters.
FACT-According to the ASPCA, 25% of surrendered dogs are purebreds. One of the best ways to get a breed that you are looking for is to go through a breed-specific rescue. There are lots of them out there & surely you will find a rescue organization related to the dog that you want.
Breaking myths about mixed breeds
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Breaking Myths about Mixed Breeds

Pet shelters are the place to go to if you are seriously considering getting a mixed breed dog for a pet. There has been countless debates on whether or not getting a mixed breed is a good decision. It all comes down to preference. However, the sad truth is that preference can be influenced by so many factors, one of which is prejudice and biases against the mixed breed in general. This notion stems from the perception that they are hard to train because they are ill-tempered by nature. This is one of the many myths that needs to be broken because its giving mixed breeds a bad name.


It is important that the public be educated about these breed so that they would not think of them as stray dogs or mongrels who are overly aggressive and will attack anyone on a whim. It has to be realized that there are different categories for non purebreds. They are:

Cross-breed - These are dogs born from cross-breeding 2 purebreds.

Mixed Breed - These are dogs have mixed heritage where 1 parent is a purebred

Mongrels - These are dogs whose heritage are unknown.

Of course, nowadays, any non-purebred are most commonly referred to as mixed breeds. Perhaps it is the most politically correct term since mongrels have a bad connotation.


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