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Dog Rescue & Dog Adoption

People have come together worldwide to assist a special class of friends unable to speak for themselves — our pets and companion animals. These people have formed animal rescue and adoption agencies and humane societies of local, regional, national and international scope. Most animal rescue agencies and humane societies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance.

Numerous dog rescue and dog adoption agencies exist in the U.S. and worldwide that look to the needs of our lost, cast off and abused canine companions. The focus and goals of each agency vary, but as a group dog rescue and dog adoption agencies serve to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through dog adoption or return to owner) of lost or stray, endangered and abused dogs;
  • Education of dog owners and prospective dog owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of their pets;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income dog owners can have their canines innoculated against common diseases;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation for the protection of dogs;
  • Sponsorship of humane programs to eliminate populations of domestic canines that have, through abandonment, become feral (wild). Such programs typically include sterilization (spaying for females, neutering for males) and redomestication when possible. Feral dogs tend to form packs and can become dangerous to human and wildlife populations if left unchecked.
Many dog rescue and dog adoption agencies specialize in a single breed of dog. Breed specialization occurs when lovers of a particular dog breed band together to assist the less fortunate members of that breed. Specialization is efficient and desirable because each breed of dog exhibits a specific temperament, possesses a unique set of physical attributes, and is prone to certain canine medical conditions. Specialization begets expertise, which leads to better understanding, care and placement of rescued animals.

If you would like to become a dog owner, please consider dog adoption through a dog rescue agency, dog adoption agency or humane society. Canine adoption not only places a dog who might otherwise not find a home, but also makes it more difficult for puppy mills to remain in operation. Older dogs are in special need, since most people do not consider acquiring an older dog due to its shorter projected lifespan and potential or actual health problems. However, older dogs tend to be less active, which may be an advantage in a smaller living space or around children and other pets, and have their own special charm. I can personally attest to a 13-year-old gentleman golden retriever, Sinbad Zachary, who brought great joy to all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published prior to 13 April 2003, updated 1 July 2004.

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