(Closed) Questions about dogs.. Help!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


We were able to find the kind of dog we wanted and adopt from a smaller rescue organization in our metro area.  You can search by size, breed, age, sex, location, etc.

I don’t think it matters where you get the dog from, as long as he/she is a rescue.  In my opinion it’s about saving any dog’s life, regardless of the type of rescue or shelter they are in.  Rescue organizations can often be good because they may have people who are/have fostered the animal and can speak to the dog’s personality and/or special needs more so than a shelter can do.

Our SPCA here does a great job assesing their animals and matching them up with new owners and they try to crate train the dogs too.  If that’s a national standard for the organization, i would recommend them as well.  The only reason we didn’t get a dog from them is because they only had large breed puppies when we were looking for our little guy.  They tended to have lots of mature dogs to choose from.

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I fully support adopting through shelters as there are so many sweet ones waiting for a loving family there, but if you’re new to pet adoption and have reservations, fostering through a rescue is a good start. This is how we adopted our second cat. You will be responsible for the food and supplies but the rescue will help out with vet bills if the animal turns out to have serious medical issues. If you decide to keep the dog, you will be given the option to adopt him before anyone else. If you decide he’s not the right dog for you and your SO, you will at least have helped save a life and gain some experience in taking care of an animal together. Unfortunately I don’t know about specific dog rescues, but I found our cat on petfinder.com. They have listings for both shelter and rescue animals.

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think that you need to find a balance between doing the “best” thing and the thing that is going to work best for your family. I think that saving a dog from a shelter is probably the nicest thing, but for somewhat inexperienced dog owners I’d recommend getting a dog from rescue. By fostering a dog first, or by getting a dog who has been fostered, you’ll get more of a real  sense of their personality in a home setting. A lot of dogs in shelters act differently than they otherwise would because they’re sick or depressed, so you can end up with a dog that is a total surprise to you. Plus (in theory at least), by adopting from a rescue group, it frees up a spot for them to take another dog out of the shelters. 

I found my dog from a rescue group via petfinder. 

Post # 6
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think either option is great! We have one dog that we got from an animal shelter and one that we got from Craigslist (he would have gone to the shelter in a few days if we hadn’t picked him up). I’d say that for us, adopting from the shelter was a bit cheaper, because even though there is an adoption fee, they paid for our first vet visit and to have him neutered, whereas we had to pay for that ourselves with our second dog.

Also, I have no idea if this has ANYTHING to do with where we got them from, but our Craigslist puppy is extreeeeeeemely shy/skittish and our shelter puppy is very friendly and not afraid of people. It could just be a personality thing, but part of me thinks it’s because our Craigslist puppy was not around people at all before we picked him up (he was only 7 weeks old when we got him and was born on a farm, so no human interaction other than the people who owned his mom). Our shelter puppy was a bit older (about 4 months) when we got him and had obviously had a lot of human interaction from the people at the shelter, so I think that possibly could have affected their personalities now.

That being said, we love ’em both equally and we’re convinced that our Craiglist puppy will grow out of his shyness eventually! I think that whatever you decide to do, you really can’t go wrong and you’ll love the dog no matter what!

Post # 8
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

In my opinion, kill or no-kill doesn’t really matter. By adopting from a no-kill, you open up a space they can pull in a dog from a kill shelter. The most important thing is getting a dog that fits your lifestyle and you can give a “forever home”.

Going with either a shelter or Craigslist, you don’t know much history about the dog. If you don’t have shot records, the vet will revaccinate the dog anyway. You should always take a new dog to the vet for a general wellness exam within 24-48 hours of getting it; regardless where you get it from.



If you are unsure if you want a dog, I would suggest fostering first so you can decide if a dog is the right pet for you.

Is money tight right now? You mentioned that part of the benefit of fostering is that the rescue group helps out with stuff.
Pets can be expesnive: vet bills, heartworm preventative, flea preventative, training, etc. Food and supplies are some of the lower costs involved in having a dog. Make sure you budget for your pet’s needs.

Another thing to think about is what happens if you and your boyfriend break up, who gets the dog?

Post # 10
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Kirabee, I think she mentioned the break-up question because “boyfriend” can be a red-flag for shelters.  Fiancée is better, and husband is best.  Not that engaged or married couples never break up, but I guess the reasoning is that the more committed the relationship, the less likely to break-up?  Break-ups often end up with pets dumped at the shelter, so that’s why it can be a concern.  Also, “boyfriend” doesn’t automatically exclude you from adoption in most cases, so even if you aren’t engaged, don’t let that discourage you if you are committed to providing a loving home for the pet you adopt, regardless of relationship status.


I highly recommend fostering, especially if you aren’t 100% sure about a lifetime commitment to a dog, or not sure about breed, etc.  We have fostered, and it can be sad when they get adopted…I would say it’s bittersweet, because you’re sad that they’re leaving but happy they have found their forever family.  Like another poster mentioned, if you fall in love, you generally have the chance to adopt the dog if nobody else has applied to adopt them yet.  

Our dog is what is known as a “foster failure” – meaning we adopted our foster dog (an affectionate term, believe me!).  Our first foster we liked, but she didn’t like our cats, (unless you consider wanting to eat them “liking” ;), so we knew from day one we wouldn’t be keeping her, (since it was only temporary, we were able to keep them separated for the length of her stay).  Our second foster was obviously abused, skittish around men, afraid to go up stairs, (my then fiancée had to carry a 70-pound dog up the stairs the first couple days!)…and absolutely adorable!  He wanted to badly to be loved, even though he was scared, that by his second day with us I knew I couldn’t give him up.  Two and a half years later, he is happy, healthy, has no problem with stairs, (he races up and down them!), and loves everybody, (my hubby has two very tall friends, and he will even ask for attention from them).  We’ve fostered other dogs since then, and some I would have liked to keep, but keeping a second dog would mean we couldn’t foster anymore, (our rules, not the rescue’s), and for us, fostering means being a soft place to fall for an animal down on its luck until it can find it’s forever family.

Post # 11
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

One thing to note about adopting a rescue off of Petfinder: quite often they have ridiculous requirements for their adoptions and make it near impossible to even rescue an animal.  Their fees can be quite high, and oftentimes you inquire and don’t find out for MONTHS.  There was a thread about this awhile back, the consensus being that the fees are necessary and their methods are to make sure the dogs aren’t later abandoned.  All well and good, but not very “adopter friendly.”

I’m an advocate for adopting from your local shelter.  Those dogs are most in need, as they are living in the most confined conditions and are most at risk of being euthanized.  Black dogs are especially at risk, as most people don’t want to have to deal with black dog hair being shed about their house.  Also the “louder” breeds are typically last to be adopted (beagles/beagle mixes and terriers/terrier mixes).

I would recommend checking out the following shelters:

Good luck!

Post # 13
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would suggest getting a dog from a rescue.  I looked into it but ultimately decided I wanted a puppy. 

My boyfriend and I both paid for the dog, but I put my name on her papers.  The breeder still asked questions about both of us though.  She did not seem too concerned about us breaking up and didn’t ask any questions about our relationship,she was more interested in his feelings towards dogs.   She wanted to make sure that anyone who would have a lot of contact with the dog would be responsible and caring towards it.

Post # 14
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@kirabee:  We adopted our cutie from our local humane society (I live in the county north of yours).  I highly recommend adopting form a shelter (either kill or no kill).  You should check out http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/  It took us some time to find our girl.  We visited our county shelter and the humane society several times before we found her.  We wanted a fairly calm dog, not to old or young (she was just under a year when we got her).  When we walked by her she was a little shy, didn’t bark at all.  She melted our hearts!  Good luck!

Our baby

Post # 15
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@kirabee -Please don’t take offense to the comment “what if you break up?”.

It’s just a fact of life that boyfriend/girlfriend are more likely to break up than people that are engaged. And people that are engaged are more likely to break up than people that are married. (And at least if you’re married and “break up”, lawyers can sort it out for you.)

If you go to the shelter and they realize you are dating and not legally married, they very well might ask you that question, “if you break up, who takes the dog?” My fiance and I adopted one of our dogs before we were engaged, and they asked us that question.

It’s just something to keep in mind. “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

Post # 16
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“One thing to note about adopting a rescue off of Petfinder: quite often they have ridiculous requirements for their adoptions and make it near impossible to even rescue an animal.”

I’m not sure if all areas are like this, but here in Kansas City, all the shelters and rescues have their dogs/cats on PetFinder. We found Rufus on Petfinder and he only had a $99 adoption fee.



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