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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:25:47 PM

I got our dog from the Humane Society. I'd been cruising their site for weeks and found a cute white fluffy dog, just what I wanted. I thought about it for a few days, and then when I logged on again to check on him I found that due to over-crowding they were waiving the adoption fee for that weekend.

We got Riley for free! He was microchipped and neutered. He was underweight and had pneumonia. That was 7 months ago. He's a great fit for our family. I couldn't be happier with him.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:31:02 PM
My sil found my sweetheart on the edge of a very busy street. He took her home, looked around for *lost dog* signs... but it was obvious that she had been on the streets for awhile. She is in my avatar --- seriously, the best dog ever !

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:34:58 PM
We wanted a bulldog and went through a breeder in California.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:37:36 PM
I have gotten both of our furbabies from the local Animal Care Shelter. Woofie, was a terrier mix who owned us from 1999-2012 (this last summer arthritis got really bad and he had to be put to sleep, very sad day) I think he was about 80.00.

We now have Bogey, a dalmation/lab mix, that is about 2, and he already runs the show!! Bogey was part of a special they were having and he was $25.00.

I truly believe that rescue dogs "know" they were rescued and show their love so very much.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:44:46 PM
I don't have any dogs right now, but all my dogs but one have been from the local SPCA, Humane League, or the pound. The one who wasn't a rescue came from a box in front of a feed store.

Do you have a shelter local to you? You cold visit the dogs there and get an idea about them.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:51:33 PM

live in MA and we have a pure bred so we went to a breeder. But there are a lot of rescues near me--Buddy Dog, Save a Dog.

I adopted from Save a Dog. highly recommend. They do a great job vetting the dogs before placement so you know what you are getting. They also do a nice job matching the dog to the right home. I have a 4 year old Beagle mix and she is awesome.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:10:22 PM
I hate myself for it but I bought my dog from an amateur breeder who should not have been allowing his dogs to breed - they had too many issues and were probably inbred. Then I ended up taking in a male from the same litter when he was 6 months old because his owner didn't want him anymore.

So I ended up with 2 probably inbred dogs with problems; problems like the girl doesn't produce tears so she is basically blind and needs drops twice a day for the rest of her life; the boy has occluded teeth and behavior problems.

Unless you get a dog from a serious professional breeder you will not know what you are going to get, so you might as well adopt. It's a crap shoot either way.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:16:24 PM
Up to a couple of years ago I have always bought from a breeder. I tried to adopt on two different occasions with poor outcomes. The first wanted to eat our cats and the second would not be housebroken even after over two years of trying. I'm not trying to discourage adoption, many have had great success, just didn't work out or us.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:11:01 PM
We got out dogs at a shelter. We dont buy dogs or cats. We adopt them from shelters

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:15:04 PM
We adopted both of our dogs from the local Humane Society.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:51:31 PM
Except for Chance, whom we rescued from the county animal control... All of ours have been from friends that could not care or provide for the dog.

We first met all of these dogs as puppies. We got Princess at 6 months, she was to be DD's dog, but is mine.

Maggie, we first dog-sat her at 3 months, and watched her off and on for another 14 months.

Bailey we watched grow from a 12 week old fur ball to an 18 month old bundle of energy.

We only paid the license fee to get Chance, he was a senior dog on death row if he was not adopted when we did.

Well, it didn't and he's snoring next to me right now.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:40:02 PM
I recommend looking at

All of their dogs are rescues and temperament tested before admitted to the program. We got one of our dogs there. They will even help you decide if their dogs are a good match to your family. Our previous dog, who we loved dearly and was an awesome addition to our family (and has passed) was a rescue from the shelter. Our other dog that we have now was a camp dog (sleep away camp). If we didn't "win" her, I would have gotten another from dawgs in prison. Good luck!


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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:45:03 PM
My husband found our dog on and we called the number of the foster family on her profile. She had been taken in by a particular shelter and they foster dogs until someone will adopt them. We got so lucky in this whole thing. Our beagle is the best dog ever.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:47:58 PM
Stella was adopted from the SPCA. They do Saturday adoptions in front of Petsmart....we were walking by and saw her in the crate and fell instantly in love. She came home with us that moment!


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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:48:12 PM
Many of the 'shelters' that list on line are really small and often operate with foster family units. That way someone really does get to know the dogs and can tell if they will fit into multiple dog or multiple children households.

We adopted our Petals from an Birmingham AL shelter that is 4 hours from us. We had multiple email exchanges prior to doing so.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:54:08 PM
An illegal breeder whose dogs were headed to the pound. We knew we could help
And took one in when she was only 5 weeks old...nearly 8 years ago. So crazy!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:22:02 PM
Two came from breeders, and the third was a 4th of July run away whose owner didn't care enough to come get her. We love them all!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:20:11 PM
We adopted both of our dogs came from the SPCA. We adopted them four years apart, but coincidentally they were both brought to NY from kill shelters in Tennessee. However, they were both in NY before we went to the SPCA looking to adopt a dog. We definitely wanted the first dog to meet the second dog before we agreed to adopt him.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:26:27 PM
A rescue group found via petfinder.
And if I did it again I would contact a rescue group directly or go to the humane society.
It breaks my heart to see so many of the same dogs still at our local humane society as before we got our dog, and we have had our dog for about 1.5 years. I really did want to go via the humane society, but they had-and still have-large breed dogs and dogs that just would not be a good fit for us. On petfinder I was able to look for certain breeds, sizes, ages, etc...


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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:47:31 PM
We got Ziggy, our yorkie, from a breeder 9 1/2 yrs ago. We lived in a small apartment and wanted a dog that we knew would stay small and not shed. We researched breeders, found someone about 2 hours from our home that was expecting a litter. She sent us photos of her dogs, offered to let us come to her home in advance to see where the animals were kept, we picked him up there as well and saw all of the dogs she bred. They were well taken care of.

We now live out in the country at the end of a dead end road. I wanted a large docile guard dog that would not kill our chickens. For several months I checked local shelters and couldn't find what we wanted, I contacted multiple rescues but I guess because of our location, no one would respond. Most want to do a home visit and we are hours away from everything. Then a friend on facebook posted she had puppies to give away. They had a large docile mixed breed that was given to them; they were led to believe she had been spayed. Then she ended up getting pregnant by a stray running around their neighborhood. Later we found out the stray had mange, so mom and pups all ended up with it. That was not fun to get rid of, but Penny has been an awesome dog otherwise.

My advice to everyone is to try and save a dog by working with a shelter or rescue, but if that doesn't work out for you just make sure you know where your dog is coming from. You definitely do not want to get a dog from a pet store (unless they have shelter adoptions) or that has been bred in a mill.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:58:53 PM
We were looking for a specific type of dog so we went to a breeder in our area. We looked at shelters for months and months and none ever came in. so we got a puppy! Oh, and she's so cute but lots of work!!


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:26:38 AM
I have had a lot of dogs in my life. I got a poodle mix about five months ago from the shelter. She is the best dog I have ever had. She has some issues but soooo worth it. She is perfect for my daughter. They let us interact with her in a play yard and we fell in love. She is so sweet we named her Angel.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:27:14 AM
I'm no help; our dog came with our house. The previous owners were going to leave her in the kennel while the were moving into their new house and come back for her (supposedly), but once we saw that her collar was embedded and that she only had access to moldy food, we asked to keep her and they agreed.

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