Buy or Adopt?

This is a special section for dogs needing new homes and for inspiring stories of dogs that have found their furever home through Dogster or through the love and energy of rescuers. This is also the place to discuss shelters, rescue organizations, rescue strategies, issues, solutions, etc. and how we can all help in this critical endeavor. Remember that we are all here for the love of dog! If you are posting about a dog that needs a new home, please put your location in the topic of your thread so those close by can find you! Make sure to check out Dogster's dog adoption center!


Barked: Tue Nov 20, '12 7:32am PST 
I couldn't find anywhere else to post this, so this seems the closest. NO, I absolutely DO NOT judge people who buy a purebred dog as long as they do their research to select the most compatible breed and obtain it from a responsible breeder who does all they can to ensure healthy stock, and not from a pet shop. That is your best chance to get a pet that is physically and temperamentally sound. Many people are looking for specific traits in a dog for a particular purpose, or they simply like the characteristics of a certain breed. This is speaking as an owner who has adopted all but one of my dogs, a Shetland sheepdog whom I acquired from a specialty breeder. And having worked in the retail pet industry for 15 years, the store where I worked did NOT sell dogs, and we always proposed adoption as a first option. So please don't be so hasty to judge until you know their reasons.
Scruffy (RIP)

In Loving Memory
Barked: Sat Dec 1, '12 3:08pm PST 
There was a thread about this in a different section of the forums a little while back. Here's the link to the discussion if you'd like to check it out:

http://www.dogster.com/forums/Choosing_the_Right_Dog/thread/ 759630

(Please remember to remove any spaces that may appear in the URL.)

Edited by author Sat Dec 1, '12 3:09pm PST