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How to Go About Adopting a Dog

Paul Thrasher  |  May 4th 2010


The adoption process would depend upon where you wish to get a dog from. A shelter? A rescue group? From an individual? From the dogs listed on this website? Or do you wish to purchase a dog from a breeder? 1. If from a shelter: Usually you can choose a dog and must fill out a form, as well an answer a few questions. There is a fee ranging from $50 to $200 or perhaps a bit more. The shelter in my area charges $80 for a young dog. Some shelters have something of a first come first serve policy. 2. If from a rescue group: From what I understand, they have a more rigorous adoption process than a shelter. You must fill out a questionnaire, and you are less likely to get the dog you want since they have only a handful of dogs and a bunch of people wanting them. Plus, I believe the homes are usually chosen by who would provide the best home rather than first come first served. 3. From an individual: Depends. Some have terms, some do not. Many individuals advertise the dogs they are “getting rid of” in the newspaper. 4. From the dogs listed on this website: For the adoptable dogs you click on “contact the guardian about adopting this dog” and go from there. No one on Dogster is allowed to SELL their dogs, so unless the dog is listed as part of a shelter or rescue group, it should not cost you anything to adopt any particular dog off of here. 5. If purchasing from a breeder: A good breeder won’t sell to just anyone. They want the best for their dogs. They will have a contract having, among many other things, a spay/neuter agreement and that if you cannot keep the dog to return it to them. When looking for a breeder to buy from, it’s important to do your research as to what to look for in a breeder.