Dog shelters, and rescues can be private or public. The stray dogs in the area are usually handled by the public shelters. They will also receive animals that have been taken from their owners because of cruelty and neglect laws. Pet owners can also drop their pets off at these shelters. If not claimed the stray in public shelters are available for adoption for a very short period then they are euthanized.
Animal advocates who want to prevent the loss of another dog’s life usually run private dog shelters and dog rescues. They accept strays and owner-abandoned dogs. They may provide their services to the county. Private dog shelters and dog rescues do not euthanize a dog in order to make room for another but they will put down a dog that is overly aggressive or seriously ill. These humane shelters have limited space and are supported by grants and donations. They have many volunteers that contribute their time.
There are shelters that keep dogs and they bathe them, feed them, and give them medical attention until they are adopted. These facilities have a no kill policy. They strive to provide the dogs with a better life. Unfortunately, this type of shelter must limit how many dogs then can take in because of space and finances. The no kill dog shelters are also sometimes called rescues.
Most dog shelters post adoptable dogs on their web site with a description of each dog’s characteristics and temperament.
If you want a dog from a shelter or rescue, crate a list of shelters with a reasonable distance from your home. Make sure others recommend the shelter. Find out what local dog trainers, veterinarians, and people who have adopted from them have to say about them. Get details about adoption procedure and return policies. Most shelters will accept the dog back if things do not work out. Find out if the if the maladapted and biting dogs are culled or are they put up for adoption. Dogs that are very aggressive or sick are usually put down even in no kill shelters and rescues. Good shelters get rid of inappropriate dogs and do not put them out for adoption.
Employees in the kill shelters have a very stressful job. The dogs live their few remaining days in small cages before being euthanized to make room for the next batch of unwanted dogs.
There are getting to be many purebred dog rescues. You can still find purebreds in public and private shelters. It is now estimated that 25 to 30 percent of all dogs in shelters are now purebreds. Many dog breeders, dog clubs, dog rescue organizations and individuals are giving homeless purebreds a second chance.
If you want a certain breed, you can rescue one and save his life. The purebreds at shelters are usually full-grown. There are advantages to owning an adult dog as they are calmer, possibly already trained, and over the puppy phases such as jumping, barking, and chewing.