Options for Dog Adoptions

April 5, 2012
Photo Credit: Amy Wu

This picture cracks me up! Thanks Amy for capturing our awkwardness!


I adopted Ralph last year through a rescue organization, and while it should have been a simple process, it wasn’t.  I had several adoptions fall through and the timing was off.  I was certain I wanted a pug, but with stringent adoption policies and no car during a Chicago winter, it was a bit of a struggle to get the right dog, but when I did, it was worth it!  I actually volunteered with a rescue who need a foster home for Mr. Ralphiekins and after two months I knew he was truly home!

If you’re thinking of owning a dog, there are plenty of options out there- but can I suggest you consider adoption?  Not only is it more affordable, but often you can still find the perfect pup and save a life in the process!  I’ve had both puppies from breeders and adult dogs from shelters and I have to say, rescue dogs rock!



Knowing these questions will help you decide if you want to buy from a breeder or shelter adopt.  Even if you’re adopting, you CAN find purebreds at a shelter- it just takes more patience.


What to know about breeders:

What to know about shelters:

Shelters are amazing!  Even if you want a purebred, (or an adorable mixed breed) you can find whatever you’re looking for.  Here are some of the perks:


Searching for a specific breed to adopt?


8 comments so far.

8 responses to “Options for Dog Adoptions”

  1. sandy weinstein says:

    you can also go to the akc website, and look for specific breed rescues….many show breeders will donate a dog to a breed specific rescue, if the dog has a flaw (ie. white nose on a lab/golden retriever, over the height limit, under the height limit, has a crooked tooth, etc.) so you can get a very expensive "show" dog for almost nothing….
    beware looking for dogs on craigslist/ebay, etc. most of the breeders are puppy mill breeders…..do not buy a dog from a pet store, many states have outlawed this…and aspca is trying to make it illegal in all states….these are puppy mill puppies and have probably never set foot on the real ground, they are locked up all day in the crates….and are not healthy…your top breeders of dogs, will only breed 1/2 litters a yr, and only use a female 2/3 times at the most, then they spay her and sell her as a pet/keep her as a pet….depending how attached they are to the dog….most will not let you breed the dog, sell the dog, give the dog away even to another family member, they make you sign a contract. if you do not want the dog anymore, they want the dog back….they will also guarantee the health of the dog….

  2. guest says:

    You know what….even if you want a dog, doesnt mean you should get one. If your condo allows dogs…do you think it is wise to add another barking dog to the property?

  3. belowhermeans says:

    I'm a big believer in "don't buy while others die" and in dog adoption / supporting shelters and rescues. Cheers to this post.

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  5. I've been looking around at some Bulldog rescue organizations, but nearly all of them only allow people within the state of the rescue to adopt one of their dogs.Why would they have that kind of rule? I think if they allowed out of state adoptions, more dogs would be found homes.

  6. Serena says:

    Great post! I'm a huge believer in adopting rescues – they make the most loyal, lovable companions. Ralph is too cute!!

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