Adopt vs. Shop

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?  

In my area, Horry County, Sc, there is an overabundance of pit bulls, pitt mixes, labs and hounds.  Most H.O.A.s have strict rules against pitt bulls or mixes so even if you love the breed you can’t have one.  Some have a long list of breeds not permitted.  Mobile home parks also have size restrictions.  I own my mobile home but have a 10 lb. limit on a dog I own.  Small dogs are very popular, shelters will seldom release them to rescue unless they have health issues.

A typical inquiry when I had the rescue:

“Hi, I’m looking for a (insert breed here).  It needs to be between 1-2 years old, house trained. under 7 lbs..oh, and I prefer a brown dog with white boots”

The odds of us getting a dog fitting that description are minimal!

Some are very dedicated to finding a breed, age, color, etc. Many get discouraged when they can’t get the dog they want from a rescue. If they can’t find what they want they will either be very patient or buy from a breeder or pet store.  I myself am a hardcore fan of Brussels Griffons.  They are very hard to find on the East Coast and most rescues won’t adopt to someone more than 60 miles away.  

I searched for almost 8 years before Farfel fell into my lap. Spent a full year trying to rescue his successor until I got Remy.


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