We lost our dog while visiting in Miami. I now want to go look for her. Where can I find a shelter that has dogs for adoption that may have my dog?
Please read our before re-homing a pet you've found. Surrender to a public shelter? It is greatly preferable to find the pet a home yourself rather than taking him/her to a shelter. Even the best shelter is stressful for the animal, and you have only one animal to focus on while a shelter may have hundreds. Publicly run animal shelters are already overcrowded and, in many cities, a majority of the pets are not adopted, but instead are euthanized. Even purebred and friendly pets are routinely destroyed at public shelters to make space for new pets coming in. The extent of the overpopulation problem varies from area to area. For a list of shelters and rescues in your area, . Surrender to a rescue or no-kill shelter? There are privately-run shelters and rescue organizations that do not kill pets. But because they keep the pets for as long as it takes to find a new home, they are usually filled to capacity, so it can take weeks to get an appointment. If you do find a "no-kill" organization than might take the pet you rescued, offering as big a tax-deductible donation as possible will help. Remember, in the case of private shelters and rescue groups, they are just people who are doing their best because they care about pets, most are volunteers spending significant amounts of their own money to cover vet bills, and they all get far more legitimate hard luck cases than they can possibly handle each day. For a list of shelters and rescues in your area, . Find your pet a new home yourself More than likely, you will need to do the work yourself to find the pet a good home. If you cannot keep the pet in your home, ask friends and family to help, or look for a boarding facility or veterinary office where you can pay to house the pet. Don't house the pet too far away or it will be hard to show him/her to potential adopters. Screen any potential new home If you are considering giving the pet to someone you don't know, you will want to screen them to ensure the match is a good one. Let your pet's personality be a guide for what questions to ask. Is your pet good with cats, dogs, and kids? Does she have any characteristics that warrant a more experienced pet owner?
Seek out rescue groups Most areas have several active rescue groups dedicated to “fostering” pets with caring, responsible people until a forever home can be found. The nice thing about rescue groups is that you pretty much know going in that your dog will be entering the home of someone who not only understands how to take care of them (possibly better than you do!) but also how to find a permanent home where the owners will be just as caring and mindful. You have the option of looking for rescue groups nearby, or breed specific rescuers.
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Before you organize your search you should understand the places where lost dogs go, and where they can end up. This section will open your mind to the possible locations where you might find your lost dog. Read this section first to get an understanding of the possible places that your dog might be found, and then use the instructions in "The search plan" section to organize a search of these locations.Where to buy a dogSome people want to get a purebred puppy and think their only option is to go to a local pet store or dog breeder near them. That's certainly one way to get a purebred dog or puppy, but many people don’t realize that sometimes purebred dogs and puppies end up in shelters and need homes as well.Any dog of any age can end up in a shelter. Someone may breed their purebred dog to sell the puppies but then not find homes for all the purebred puppies. Or someone might buy a puppy from a breeder or a pet store, and then be unable to keep the puppy. Perhaps they cannot afford the care, or there is a crisis in the family that requires them to find a new home for their dog. They may not be able to return the puppy to the dog breeder or pet store, and so the purebred puppy might be taken to a shelter to find a new home.Adopting vs BuyingWhen people want to buy a dog or buy a puppy from a breeder or pet store, more and more people are first searching their local animal shelter or purebred rescue group to see if there might be a purebred dog or puppy they might like to adopt. In most cases this is a cheaper way to buy a puppy. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue also saves a life, so if you are looking to find a breeder or visit a pet store, please consider as an option adopting a dog from your animal shelter or rescue organization near you.