By Holly Finberg
Thinking of adding a new member to your family? Look no further than your local shelter or rescue group. There are plenty of puppies and adult dogs that are waiting for their “furever” home. Every breed, size and personality represented, you are sure to find your perfect match.
What’s the difference between a shelter and rescue group? Most shelters have contracts with the towns and/or counties to handle all animal control. The shelter houses the dogs at a physical location. The dogs stay in kennels until they are adopted or euthanized. Paid employees run the shelters. Rescue groups are run by volunteers and don’t have a physical location but rely on foster homes where the dogs stay until they are adopted.
How do dogs end up in shelters or rescue groups? Most shelters get their dogs one of three ways, a stray that was never claimed, owner surrender, or confiscated from owner for animal cruelty. Rescue groups pull dogs from these shelters before they are euthanized; rescue groups also take owner surrenders and save dogs from the Puppy Mills.
The majority of dogs in shelters and rescue groups are there through no fault of their own.When it comes to owner surrenders, the excuses people give to get rid of their dogs are mind-boggling. Here are just a few examples: “moving and can’t bring the dog”, “we are having a baby”, “the puppy is chewing things”, “barks too much”, “has too much energy”, “we have no time for a dog”. As you can see these are all problems with the OWNER, not the dog.