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Old 01-16-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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If I were going to get a second dog I'd go through a rescue group, because I'd need to be very specific in finding a dog compatible with my current dog. So a rescue group's foster family would know everything about that dog's responses to other dogs, children, training, etc. I think home visits are good - good for the pets they are adopting out, to make sure it's a safe environment. It's true, a lot of them do pay for vet care out of their own pockets. In my case, a long wait time would be ok to find the right dog (my dog needs a dog that basically loves everyone and won't keep jumping on her head).

In these cases, waiting and searching for just the perfect dog does make sense.

But, sometimes, people don't have a dog, and their needs are pretty simple. That's where some of these groups can be a bit excessive.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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In these cases, waiting and searching for just the perfect dog does make sense.

But, sometimes, people don't have a dog, and their needs are pretty simple. That's where some of these groups can be a bit excessive.
I completely agree. As a single person looking to adopt a dog, every time I see a "rescue fee" of $500 for a 12 year old dog, I wonder why would I bother when I could get a puppy for $300, and get shots and everything else, and still end up less than $500. I'm not saying that older dogs don't need love, but I'd sooner adopt from a shelter than a rescue group.

One rescue group expected copies of my recent pay stubs to show that I could "afford" a dog, and didn't accept my vet's reference. Mind you I've spent more than $5000 in one year on rehabilitating my dog. So clearly, I take care of my furry children.

I look through the shelter sites frequently, but know that the dogs I am interested in are being scooped up quickly by these rescues. Honestly, it's pushing me MORE to find a breeder than encouraging me to adopt through a rescue agency. I'll keep up the hunt on the shelters but honestly I'm not holding my breath.
 
Old 01-16-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I guess I am not sure why a rescue group or something like saving grace would be better to go with than the pound. I feel by going to the local pound/shelter I managed to save the dog I am adopting, and saving another dog from being put down if another one arrives ( does that make sense?).
Molly Goldston, who runs Saving Grace, actually rescues dogs from kill shelters in rural areas that don't see much traffic; shelters in areas that do not have large populations, thus do not have a high adoption rate. So if you adopt from Saving Grace, you ARE saving a dog from being put down, and making room for her to rescue more dogs from kill shelters.

We found our beloved dog at Saving Grace four years ago. She was already socialized, and adapted very easily into our home and with our other dog. I highly recommend them.
 
Old 01-17-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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I completely agree. As a single person looking to adopt a dog, every time I see a "rescue fee" of $500 for a 12 year old dog, I wonder why would I bother when I could get a puppy for $300, and get shots and everything else, and still end up less than $500. I'm not saying that older dogs don't need love, but I'd sooner adopt from a shelter than a rescue group.

One rescue group expected copies of my recent pay stubs to show that I could "afford" a dog, and didn't accept my vet's reference. Mind you I've spent more than $5000 in one year on rehabilitating my dog. So clearly, I take care of my furry children.

I look through the shelter sites frequently, but know that the dogs I am interested in are being scooped up quickly by these rescues. Honestly, it's pushing me MORE to find a breeder than encouraging me to adopt through a rescue agency. I'll keep up the hunt on the shelters but honestly I'm not holding my breath.
Yeah... I know that the rescue groups invest a lot of money in the dogs they rescue, but I do feel like it's not always the most cost-effective solution if a person just "wants a family dog."

Not wanting to spend a small fortune up front doesn't mean a person won't spend on the animal for regular healthcare and illness situations. That's simply not true.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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There are always a multitude of dogs and puppies available for adoption at the area pounds including the SPCA as well as Wake Co. We have three dogs and one cat - all rescue. Our first was the last unadopted at a local PetsMart day in Roanoke - he was pathetic, scared, unadopted, and really totally pathetic. Since then we adopted a Dachshund mix female from the Roanoke SPCA, and a Chihuahua mix stray off the street in Charleston WV to the mix - these pooches are our love and joy (empty nesters). Our first is now king pin of our mini-dog pack! Our cat, a Snowshoe Siamese, came from the Wake Co. Shelter.

I would never pay for a dog through a breeder, pet store, etc - there's too many wonderful, loving dogs/puppies/cats/kittens that desperately need a home out there.............
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