Adopting a dog from a rescue group that does not take responsibility for their dogs and their placements, can often lead to trouble for the dog and for the human family. A rescue group that is more interested in the bottom line, than in ensuring their dogs go to the right homes can put together bad matches where an unsuitable dog is placed with an unsuitable family causing many dangerous problems. In some cases you will have no knowledge of the dog’s history or background, and you may encounter health or behavioral problems that will be hard to solve.
Adopting a dog from a responsible, reputable rescue group can often be a wonderful experience. A good rescue group can help you and your family decide just what kind of dog would be right for you and they can match you with one of their many dogs in need of a home. Good rescue groups, like good breeders will be with you for the life of your dog and often, beyond. They often have local resources like dog trainers and pet sitters that they can vouch for to help you and your dog get off to the right start. Identifying a good rescue group can be hard. You can read about what questions to ask to help decide if a rescue group is right for you.
Buying a dog or puppy from a reputable, responsible breeder is no more or less moral than adopting a dog or puppy from a reputable, responsible rescue. What matters the most is which is the right choice for your family and situation.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and your family to help decide which is the right choice for you.