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Old 02-17-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: North Carolina, US
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I know there was a thread on this previously - but it appears it has been closed.

I know someone had considered making a centralized list of adoption agencies, shelters/SPCAs and rescue groups, but I'm not sure if that list was still being made or not.

I am fairly new to the area and unfamiliar with the locations of some of the lesser known agencies. I've been relying on craigslist and the websites for shelters to search for my new companion. However I am noticing that many of the dogs posted on craigslist are large breeds or often aggressive breeds, similar story in the shelter. I'm not a large breed kind of person. Besides living in an apartment wouldn't be fair to some of these large dogs who need more room to roam.


When I lived in Florida, I found my first dog at a garage sale (no lie!), my second dog was found on Craigslist (still going strong, $5000 later but living in Florida under care of his current veterinarian for management of his condition), and now I'm looking for a new companion now that I am here in North Carolina.


Any suggestions on more efficient ways to find my new canine companion?
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:30 PM
 
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Pet Adoption Agencies :: WRAL.com
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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www.petfinder.com

search by zip code
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I volunteered some time ago to put a list together but I found that such a list already exists. The WRAL list is pretty complete. I also suggest Rescueme. org which allows you to be put on alert of specific breeds in any state. I get notices almost every day for breeds i care about in nc plus surrounding states.

Please be aware that some hoarders register as rescue groups for the tax advantage and they have no intention of adopting out animals at all. And some rescues have exhaustive applications which anger and frustrate people who feel they are being asked questions too personal. For every rescue -or at least most- know they will vet you out to a certain degree with permission to contact previous vets and some ask for pre and post adoption home visits. they just want to make sure the animal is going to a good home and won't end up back in rescue again. Good luck.
I adopted a maltese from a SC rescue and they microchipped him with their info instead of mine cause they want the dog to go back to them if something happens. I was impressed with that. The rescue in turn has my information but I guarantee you this dog will not get lost. he is the original Velcro Dog.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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I adopted my beagle pup from Triangle Beagle Rescue Triangle Beagle Rescue | North Carolina | Put a Little Hound In Your Heart

SPCA of Wake County, Raleigh, NC - SPCA of Wake County is another option
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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Saving Grace, hands down my favorite. She rescues dogs from kill shelters that receive little foot traffic/attention, as well as puppy mills. She's excellent at matching dogs with people for just the right fit. Her place is on a lot of land, and the dogs are not kept in crates all day; they're able to play and socialize with each other. We got one of our dogs from there four years ago, and I know several others who have adopted from there as well.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:51 PM
 
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Please feel free to offer the OP suggestions as to where to find a pet. Any criticisms of specific agencies should be sent via DM only. Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:38 PM
 
Location: North Carolina, US
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Thank you all so much. I believe the WRAL list is what I was looking for, hopefully something pans out.

I've filled out 4 applications with 4 different agencies, only to hear NOTHING back. These were NOT short applications and required a brief essay about why I wanted a pet. If I put in all that effort, a simple "thanks but no thanks" email would have been nice. All small breed dogs that I put applications in on, so I'm assuming they were scooped up quickly. Kind of disappointing though when I am looking for a good companion.

Ideally I'm looking for a mini schnauzer if anyone wants to DM specific agencies/rescues/etc that may have a mini schnauzer, that would be much appreciated as well.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:24 PM
 
Location: North Carolina, US
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Side note....I looked at petfinder, found a perfect schnauzer...except he's 10 years old and $400. I could get a puppy for $450, this is why these "rescue" pets don't get adopted. What a shame!

I'd rather spend $100 to adopt him, then the other $300 to spoil him in his final years - with toys and homemade treats.


Off I go to continue my search!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Ideally I'm looking for a mini schnauzer if anyone wants to DM specific agencies/rescues/etc that may have a mini schnauzer, that would be much appreciated as well.
The SPCA of Wake County has a Wish Book where you can list what kind of dog you are looking for. However, the smaller dogs do often go quickly.

SPCA of Wake County: Frequently Asked Questions - SPCA of Wake County
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