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Where Do I Find a Dog?

So, everyone in your family has decided to get a dog. But where do you get this new dog from? Here are the most common places you might find your new pet.

Excellent places to get a dog are marked with a star.

1. Department of Animal Control

At the Department of Animal Control, you'll find homeless dogs. You will find mixed breed dogs and purebred dogs here. This place is sometimes called the Animal Shelter. There is usually a fee (cost for the dog) that helps pay for the medical care received while the dog was at the shelter. The dogs are usually spayed or neutered before they go to their new homes.

Girl and her pup.

 

2. Humane Society

 Cute Dog
The Humane Society is another place that cares for dogs who are homeless.
The Humane Society has a veterinarian who checks on the dogs to make sure they are healthy. Usually the dogs will be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. There is usually a fee (cost for the dog) that helps pay for the medical care received while the dog was at the Humane Society. There are mixed breed dogs and purebred dogs here and adults as well as puppies. Here is a list of some Humane Societies.

 

3. Breed Rescue

Breed rescue groups are people who care for one kind of purebred dog. People who like Golden Retrievers, for example, will care for homeless Goldens until a home is found. The dogs will usually be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Almost all breeds have their own rescue group.

People at the rescue will find good homes for the needy dogs. There is usually a fee (cost for the dog) that helps pay for the medical care received while the dog was at the rescue.

Newfoundland 
Here's a list
of some rescue groups.

 

4. Breeder

Breeders are people who raise purebred puppies to sell. Some breeders have puppies once in awhile. Some breed too many puppies.

 Dalmatians
There are all kinds of breeders, and some raise better pups than others.
You can find breeders in the newspaper, but the best place to find a breeder is to contact the American Kennel Club (AKC) .
The AKC can give you names of breeders in your area who are smart about the kind of dog you like. Go to their house or kennel and look for clean, healthy, happy, and well-behaved dogs. Ask lots of questions. Click here for some questions your parents will want to ask.

 

5. Newspaper

Puppies and dogs are often listed for sale in the newspaper.
Most of these ads are from breeders or just families whose dog is pregnant. There are all kinds of dogs listed in the paper. Some are nice, healthy dogs. Some come from places that breed too many puppies at a time. Be very careful when you buy a dog from a newspaper ad. Go to their house or kennel and look for clean, healthy, happy, and well-behaved dogs.

 

6. Puppies/Dogs for Adoption at Pet Store

Many pet stores have decided not to sell puppies that come from unhealthy places. Instead, they help place dogs from the Humane Society and Department of Animal Control. The pet store has a place where their customers can see the adoptable dogs.

 

Then, people can adopt them right at the store instead of going to the shelter. When you visit a pet store, ask them if their pups are shelter dogs.

Petco and PetsMart are two places that usually have shelter dogs to adopt.

 

7. Pet Store - Puppies for Sale

 

Pet stores used to sell lots of puppies. But many people found out that most of the puppies came from crowded places that had too many puppies at one time. These puppies are usually very expensive. People don't buy as many pups from pet stores because they can get healthier, happier puppies from other places that don't cost as much.

 

Getting ready to bring your new pup home?
Prepare for that special day by reading: Your Puppy's First Day

Check out the great pets
at animal shelters and rescues
all over the country:

 

 

Here are a few books that can help your parents choose the right dog:
Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an Amazon.com reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an Amazon.com reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag.

 

 
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