Rescue?

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Registered: 07-04-2011
Rescue?
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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 11:11am

My husband and I are trying to decide on a pet (cat or dog) for our young daughter and everyone keeps telling me to get a rescue. I don't want to sound stupid so I thought I'd ask here. What is a rescue and where do you find them?

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: jennadnearo
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 1:13pm

Hi Jennadnearo and Welcome to the Board.

I believe there are no stupid questions....  By a resxue your friends mean that you should look in your local humane shelter or find a rescue organization to adopt  your new pet.  My lab/mix, Cleo, came from my local humane society.

Rescue organizations are non-profits that are manned by volunteers.  Some are breed-specific (like if you are looking for a specific breed of dog), some are just for cats, etc.  There are thousands of animals euthanized each year so getting a shelter/rescue pet is a wonderful way to go.

If you look on petfinder.org you can research rescue or shelter organizations in  your area by state or zip, also by type of pet you are looking for.

Good luck and please let us know what you decide.

Laura
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Registered: 07-24-1997
In reply to: jennadnearo
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 1:29pm

I agree that Petfinder is a great way to find a pet.  Spend some time looking so you learn to read into what the descriptions mean.  I found our second puggle, Joy, on Petfinder.  She was a rescue, meaning she was taken from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina and transported north to a foster home in NJ.  Then her info was posted on Petfinder.

Some of these high-kill shelters in certain states rely on rescue organizations to take the animals off their hands.  A rescue isn't the same thing as a shelter, as a rescue will often put animals into foster care, where they can then be adopted.  A shelter OTOH is just what it sounds like.  Our local shelter is VERY heavy on pit bull mixes - I don't know if that's true everywhere.  When we decided we wanted another puggle (we got our first from a breeder, where we met the parents and the other dogs in his home), I searched on Petfinder.  Nothing against the pit bull mixes, but we wanted another puggle.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: gazebo
Sat, 06-22-2013 - 1:09pm

Unfortunately many shelters have an overflow of pit bull mixes; people are just afraid to take a chance on them, even though most pit bulls are the sweetest dogs you could find anywhere.  Of course, there's nothing wrong with you wanting another puggle....it's like those who like yorkies or chis.

I've always been a large dog person; i've had lab, lab mixes, sheperd mixes and retriever mixes, as well as a dalmatian.  My Cleo now is a lab/mix, but she's on the small size.  i definitely want another dog at some point and know that it will be a large dog....from a shelter or rescue.

Laura
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Registered: 10-01-2010
In reply to: witch_power
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 12:02pm

I read recently to be careful when searching on Petfinder, as the backyard breeeders have started posting there. It's best to only get your rescue from a well-known rescue organization.

Both my little dogs are rescues - we got Denny 3 years ago thru Happy Tails, which is a bichon rescue. He is bichon/poodle mix. We got Dexter from the city shelter shortly after Denny, he is bichon. They said he had issues - and he certainly does! But we love him anyhow! LOL

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: jennadnearo
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:13am

In my area some of the large pet stores (like Petco and Petsmart) have rescue animals available for adoption everyday, plus have occasional "adoption events" on weekends. I believe the animals were previously at the county shelter, its another way to get them seen. Our shelter tries to not euthanize any pet that is potentially adoptable so that's a lot of pets needing homes. And the dogs and cats will have had some or all shots, be neutered (or give you a coupon to get it neutered), and assessed for what type of setting would be best--if it will be good around children or not, active or sedentary, affectionate or aloof, if an adult dog has been trained, is a special needs pet, etc. Sometimes they will want to assess you too! Its so they can match you with an appropriate pet.

Your friends probably meant to adopt a "rescue" animal as opposed to getting it from a pet shop where the animal might have come from a "puppy mill"; or instead of getting a pure bred animal from a breeder. Nothing wrong with pure bred's but there are so many non-pure bred animals in need of homes. 

Have you thought if you want a puppy or kitten vs an older pet?