- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
Hey girls, you all seem like such experienced pet owners, I have a few questions. My boyfriend and I are thinking about adopting or fostering a dog. Just a little background: I grew up with a dog (a beagle) but he has never had one and neither of us has been responsible for deciding where to adopt from. Now, I obviously know that we should not get a dog from a pet shop. We are actually looking to adopt a dog (not a puppy) that’s a little older, housebroken, etc. We have a small house and yard but live very close to the beach where we would walk the dog. We would be looking for a small breed of dog.
Now my main question is: is it better to “save” a dog from a shelter where he/she may be euthanized or to support no-kill shelters by adopting there? What about individuals on Craigslist? There’s a part of me that wants to save a dog from getting put in a shelter but another wondering if people tell the truth about the health/vaccinations, etc. of the dogs they are giving up. We’re also considering fostering a dog since it can be a bit more short-term and many agencies help you out with food and supplies, but I’m afraid I would be so sad to give my dog up if he/she were to get adopted. Have any of you done this before?
Lastly, does anyone know of any good resources in southern California? Shelters/rescues/agencies to support/avoid?
Thank you all SO MUCH!!