Adopt, don’t shop is a great motto to live by. If you are not too fussy about breed, sex and age you will probably find the perfect dog or cat to be your companion for life at your local shelter.
Twenty five % of the dogs turned in at the shelter are purebreds. If the selection at the shelter doesn’t suit you there are local rescues, Petfinder and Rescue Me to search. Statistics show 23 million people are bringing pets home annually. So-why are so many dying homeless and unwanted in shelters?
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All rescues should have all their legal paperwork in order, registered with the state they operate in, tax exempt, a 501c3 so they are tax deductible and listed with the IRS, Guidestar and any other charitable listings.
A rescue needs a policies, for adoption and legally binding contracts. I have learned from experience they should not be “one size fits all” There should be enough flexibility to accommodation unusual circumstances or weigh circumstances for suitability on an individual basis.
Every rescue has it’s supporters, people who will defend any policies or decisions. They also have those who do not agree with their policies. That can cause feelings of discrimination and even hatred.
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