If you want to feel like you've made a real difference as a dog owner, adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group. There are few other ways to make such a huge difference in another creature's life.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates as 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are surrendered to shelters each year. Of those animals, about half are adopted, and half are euthanized. There are simply more dogs than there are good homes for them (one reason why spaying and neutering is so important).
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Instead of looking for "puppies sale" on the Internet, take a look at your local shelter.
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Learn the truth about adult shelter dogs and give these, loving, loyal dogs a second look.
- A dog like that
A shelter worker shares her insights as to what people look for in an adoptable dog.
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A list of 27 dogs and cats available for adoption over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
- Adoption or animal trafficking?
Diseases like rabies and animal trafficking are some of the concerns about networking adoptions.
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Where to go, what to look for, and what to ask if you're thinking of adopting a dog.
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A new report from the American Heart Association reveals the health benefits of pet ownership.
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A look at the best images and most moving dog stories of 2013 in our retrospective.
- Blind Golden Retriever puppy steals hearts
A blind Golden Retriever named Ray Charles has become an Internet sensation.
- Buying is not rescue
An advocacy column about how paying cash for a pet at retail is not a “rescue.”
- Celebrities and their rescue dogs
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- City council’s win for the animals — Phoenix: 1, puppy mills: 0
The Phoenix city council voted to ban the sale of puppy and kitten mill animals in pet stores.
- Community bands together to care for abandoned dog
A homeless American Pit Bull Terrier in Hemet, California, is close to being adopted.
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- Contact RescueGroups
Gain some much needed exposure for your shelter's pets by adding them to DogTime's adoptable list.
- Deaf shelter dog learns sign language and finds forever home
A deaf Pit Bull, who was taught sign language by a shelter volunteer, was adopted by a deaf human.
- Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #1
The first biggest misconception about shelter dogs: Something’s wrong with them.
- Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #2
The second myth about shelter dogs, how they are raised, is debunked in our four-part series.
- Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #3
The third myth about shelter dogs, and not being able to find exactly what you want.
- Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #4
The last entry on shelter dog myths debunks the notion rescues and shelters are "too depressing."
- Dog rescued from trash heap makes miraculous recovery
Hope for Paws took an abandoned Siberian Husky, Miley, and nursed her back to health.
- Dog rescued in Hurricane Katrina still looking for a home
A German Shepherd mix named Trina was found after Hurricane Katrina; she still needs a home.
- Finding a good dog breeder
If a shelter pup just won't work for you, knowing how to find a reputable breeder is paramount
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- Finding a puppy: When to bring your puppy home
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- Four things only people with rescue dogs will understand
Four ways a human's world will change forever with the adoption of a rescue dog.
- From homeless to hopeful
Documented story of two Poodles who were found abandoned at a junkyard and then rescued.
- Help, there's a dog in my house!
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This is what happens when shelter personnel try and have fun with an adoptable listing.
- Hurricane survivor Trina finds her forever home
A survivor of Hurricane Katrina finds a forever home after 8 years in a shelter.
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- Japan’s Wow Wow Dog Circus teaches kids about shelter dogs
The Wow Wow Circus in Japan entertains and educates audiences about shelter pups.
- Junkyard Beagle rescued after 3 years
A Beagle who had been living in a junk yard for three years is available for adoption.
- Just regular dogs
A look of the phenomenon of people deliberately seeking out abused dogs to adopt.
- Kentucky dog with two noses finds forever home
A dog named Snorkle, who was born with two noses, has found a forever home in Kentucky.
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The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter in Rockholds, Kentucky, was destroyed by a fire on November 29.
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National Shelter Appreciation Week — find out how you can help your local animal facility.
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- Older dogs rule
If you're thinking about dog adoption, check-out the many benefits of adopting an adult dog.
- Olympic medal-winning skier adopts shelter dog with bad knee
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn adopted Leo, a Boxer-mix dog from a Florida animal shelter.
- Philadelphia rescue hopes family adopts blind dog and his loving brother
Two sibling dogs, one of which is blind, are available for adoption in Philadelphia.
- Plumbing company fixes pipes, saves puppies
A plumbing company in Chicago runs a rescue organization that saves abused dogs.
- Proposed Illinois bill would put rescue pets at risk
A proposed Illinois bill would force private shelters/rescues to surrender animals after 24 hours.
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- Pursuit of Dog II: Man meets his dog matches
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- Pursuit of Dog III: The road to canine love can be bumpy
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- Pursuit of Dog IV: Bringing home Maggie
Dago Aceves has just met the dog he wants to bring home. Her name is Maggie and she's a red-haired...
- Rescue group and two families fight over fate of lost dog
A family lost their dog, only to discover another family adopted the pooch and won’t return her.
- Rescue group saves abandoned dogs in the Everglades
The 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida rescues animals in the Sunshine State.
- Rescue me! Your pet rescue donation resource
All over our country, there are rescue shelters who need our help to continue their efforts to...
- Saving lives starts with support, not shame
Innovative animal-care outreach programs help pets without being judgmental.
- Scare tactics, safety, and free to a good home
An advocacy column that examines scare tactics, safety, and the free to a good home stigma.
- Seeing-eye dog gets home just in time for the holidays
A former seeing-eye dog, who went blind, was adopted just in time for Christmas.
- Seeing-eye pup and blind brother are flourishing at new home
Two Pit Bull-Labrador mixed-breed dogs, who are best friends, have found a forever home.
- Seven adoptable dogs for Father’s Day
A list of seven dogs with a name that a variation on “father” for Father’s Day.
- Shelter dog saves life of another, needs new home of her own
In the U.K., a shelter dog on a walk found a starving, homeless pooch at the bottom of a ditch.
- Sheltering strays at the Animal Rescue League of El Paso
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- Sochi dogs arrive at U.S. shelter
Animals who were adopted by U.S. athletes and other Americans in Sochi, are arriving stateside.
- Study results: Adopt or purchase a pet?
Do pet owners prefer purebreds to shelter dogs and cats? Read PetSmart survey results.
- Teaching old dogs new tricks
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Puppies are cute but will you be able to invest the immense amount of time it takes to raise her?
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What's involved in being a foster parent for a dog or cat from a shelter or rescue.
- Thinking about getting a dog?
Before you adopt, consider the time, money, and commitment that comes with owning a dog.
- Top 10 things every responsible rescue should offer
The top 10 things to look for in a responsibly run animal rescue organization.
- Tourists, including Olympic athletes, adopt Sochi’s stray dogs
Several Olympic competitors are adopting the stray dogs in Sochi at the Winter Games.
- UPDATE: Adoption of dog with two noses fell through
Shunned and unwanted, demand for a dog with a birth defect skyrocketed after his story went viral.
- Volunteer camps out in kennel to find shelter dog a home
A Kentucky woman lived in a kennel with a dog in order to help the animal get adopted.
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- What you're getting into when you get a dog
Before you adopt, STOP! Before bringing that new puppy home, learn exactly what to expect.
- When misperceptions cost lives
A response to “Why I’d Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again,” which appeared in the Washington Post.
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- Why mandatory spay and neuter laws don't work
Mandating that everyone spay and neuter their pets will not work to stop overpopulation.
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- Woman rents billboard to promote adult dogs
A woman in Stockton, California, takes out a billboard to encourage older dog adoption.
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A woman plans to adopt an abandoned dog with “I need a home” written on her body.
- “Pile of trash” transforms into a dog
Slide show of a small dog covered in matted hair who makes an amazing transformation.
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