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Old 08-16-2015, 05:14 PM   #1
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We adopted a dog recently from a place that seemed great. Maybe it is, and we just had bad luck. But basically, the pup we got had issues and we were not made aware of these issues. It's possible they weren't told about it from the previous owners and didn't know, because he was a good dog there. But I would like to not have something like that happen ever again.
Anyway, how can I find reputable rescues in PA? Places where they actually find the right homes for dogs? Also, is there a website that shows nearby breeders?

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Old 08-16-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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Well wether it was bad luck or the shelter being told then not telling you (some do) What you want to do is every so often call the shelter and see if Archie is rehomed and they did read your list or not. Prehaps it was the previous owners not telling them prehaps you will never know.
There are reputable shelters out there amd some have trainers etc who come in and help the dogs As for breeders in your area and websites i am sure some one here and you vet can help Good luck
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You might consider hiring a trainer or behaviorist to meet with you to discuss what you are looking for in a dog and have that person accompany you to the shelter to consider suitable candidates for you.
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You might consider hiring a trainer or behaviorist to meet with you to discuss what you are looking for in a dog and have that person accompany you to the shelter to consider suitable candidates for you.

Yes this! If you want to make a good decision, having a totally unbiased assessment is the way to go. This is really important decision, and will impact the next 10 - 15 years of your life. Paying for an independent assessment of any dog you are interested in adopting is a very smart investment and can prevent a lot of heartache and expense.

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I agree with Kaos and JGLI. However, as one who has adopted 2 dogs from a rescue shelter, I would get to know the shelter and their procedures before going to the expense of taking a trainer with me. Do they socialize the dogs with each other. Not just small with small. etc. but different sizes together in play groups. Do they have activities other than adoption outings where the dogs can socialize with people (adults and children). Do the workers really care for the dogs or is it just a job for them. A rescue shelter that is run by volunteers or has a lot of volunteer workers is usually a good sign. Get to know the people at the rescue shelter, you might even volunteer at a shelter on the weekend to truly know how things work, plus you would probably enjoy it. If I lived close to the rescue where we got our pups (we're 1 1/2 hours away), we (me and the pups) would probably be there several days a week helping out. Good luck in your search. Take your time to find a good rescue shelter in PA.
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