When it comes to rescue and shelter dogs, there are often misconceptions. People often think of shelter dogs as mutts, mongrels, throw away’s. The truth is shelter dogs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and breeds. From mature seniors, to bitty bitty puppies, mix breeds to pure bred. Chances are if you’re looking to add to your family, there’s a dog looking for a forever home that is perfect for your family.
Let’s dig in to some of the cold, hard facts on pet homelessness, shall we? There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year.
State laws dictate a minimum required period that an animal (usually a dog or cat) must be kept at a pound or public animal shelter before it is sold, adopted out, or euthanized. Typically, the holding period runs from five to seven days. However, it can be as short as 48 to 72 hours in some cases.
If you are looking to add a family pet, shelters and rescue’s are a great way to find a perfect addition to your family and also to save a life.
With most public shelters adoption is a very easy process. In many cases you can simply go to the shelter, show them with your photo ID, pay the adoption fee (average range is $25 to $125), and get the pet you would like. The shelter will provide you with copies of the pet’s vaccination records and sterilization certificate so you can get him licensed.
As a privately run non-profit rescue, we take our time to find the dogs in our rescue the best possible home, not just the first person who can pay the adoption fee.
Yes this process is a little more cumbersome, but our goal is to ensure that the every dog has a happy forever-after and is placed in the best possible home, for that dog, and that the dog is the perfect fit for the adopter. After all, this is a lifetime commitment.
Rescue dogs can come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, and sizes. One thing that they all have in common though, is they all deserve a happy, loving home and will be forever grateful to have a family of their own.
That is why we believe the best breed is rescue.