questionsshould i get a dog from the pound/shelter (follow…


we got our dog from a rescue and we absolutely love him. the nice thing about this place is that we got to take the dog home for a weekend (no obligation to adopt) to see if he was a good fit for us. maybe see if there's a place around you like this.

)if you happen to be in the seattle area, the place is called Canine Connections and they're in snoqualmie.)


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I <3 my shelter dog.
I suspect her previous owner let her out on purpose because they were not prepared for the time it takes to own a dog, especially a high energy working breed.
Having said that, I believe that being in the Memphis shelter (which was raided in 2009 by the ASPCA for being a terrible place and has improved since, but not by a whole lot) no doubt made her a bit unstable compared to our other dog we adopted as a puppy from a person who loved him but could not care for him due to unexpected family allergies.
As soon as she realized my home was her home (about three weeks), her behaviour improved drastically.
Choose your breed carefully. My shelter dog is a boxer, and boxers (and other working breeds) will straight wreck ALL of your belongings if you leave them unattended for too long.
TL;DR: Research your breed so you know what you're getting into and save a life!


You never know what you'll get. We got a cocker spaniel a few years back that was nearly skin and bones. We also found out after a few weeks that he had some kind of spinal injury because he would just "lock up" and not be able to move, sometimes for as long as 45 minutes (all that could be done was to sit with him until he could walk again). We eventually lost him, 8 years later, to cancer.

We wouldn't have give any of that up for the world. Charlie had a special place in our hearts.


Any dog could be unstable, don't let that possibility prevent you from adopting from a shelter/pound.

Just check out the dogs and make sure you know what you are getting before you pull the trigger.


the good thing about shelter pets is the grown ones are usually already potty trained and have a few tricks under their belt. insta-dog that just needs an owner to hold the leash and feed them, they've "got this". the puppies might not be as trained but that's just like any puppy from breeders or pet stores.

you can go in and ask for your chosen temperament (hyper, relaxed, guard dog, lap dog), also grooming needs (high maintenance, short haired, ) etc. check out your local Petsmart or Petco on weekends when they have shelter dogs up for adoption and see if there's a certain type or size you and your wife fall in love with


Most rescue groups put a lot of money and effort into the dogs they rescue to find new homes for. I deal with a couple shelters myself (foster mom) and I can tell you that they've been vetted and "stable". They'll also help you find the perfect match. They'll know if the dog is good with kids, or other animals, any temperment issues and if the dog needs training.
I don't mean to discourage adopting from city shelters, just that they may not have as much info about the dog.
Buying a dog from a breeder doesn't guarantee anything - in fact it's one of the worst options. You never really know the conditions of the animals - I've just heard and seen so many horror stories.
If you're in the Dallas area by chance hit me up and I can help you out. We have some great groups around here and have all kinds and ages looking for homes.


I can't advocate enough for shelter dogs. Our dog is a mutt shelter dog, and he was 10 months old when we got him. He was antsy at first (new surroundings, not sure who we were, etc.), but he settled in after a few weeks. Now people stop us all the time to ask where we got him...he's people-friendly, happy, and energetic. One of the best parts? Because he's a mutt, he's a lot less likely to have the hereditary problems that come with purebreds. He's already perfect, but his great health is just a bonus. :)


I haven't adopted from a shelter, as our family always seems to "inherit" our pets or we get "adopted" by the pet. Case in point, my cat took shelter in my parents garage, skin and bones, obviously abused but also an obvious indoor cat someone dumped. 4 years later he is happy & healthy. seems to have a lot of great info about the shelter pets or foster pets available for adoption and indicates which are good with kids or other pets. The fostered pup writeups usually say what kind of temperament they have and give you contact info for the foster parents who should be able to answer your questions. I would really like to adopt a dog (if my cat allows!) and will be going through a shelter...unless I get "adopted" first!


There's definitely an adjustment period where the dog is going to be "weird" but once you get past that they settle down and become part of the family. You just need to be calm, consistent, and let them develop trust in you. I worked for a shelter doing pet adoptions and cannot even begin to tell you how many happy customers we had. One of the biggest things I took away from the whole experience was that if you have realistic expectations then things will work out.


it occurs to me that i never actually answered your question. i just told you my experience with a rescue dog.

so, to answer your question:

short answer - yes.
long answer - yeeeeeeesssss.


My KC was a pound puppy. She was rescued the day she was supposed to be put down.
My best friend for almost 15 years.


As others have said, before you adopt, think carefully about what you are looking for in a dog. Temperament is the most important thing. Are you looking for high energy, athletic dog to go with you on runs or bicycle trips? A couch potato to watch your favorite shows with? A dog that will make you feel safe when things go bump in the night? A dog that can learn a lot of tricks to impress your friends? Dogs have been bred for centuries to reasonably reliably provide a particular type of temperament by breed. Next is size. Are you looking for a substantial dog or one that will fit nicely in your lap? Don't be misled by dog size vs yard size, a 40lb Border Collie needs room to run and a 140lb Great Dane will be content in your apartment. Next is coat type. Do you have allergies? If so, then a smooth or wiry coat is good, or a poodle which has hair rather than fur. Do you enjoy grooming your pet? Then look at a longer, more luxurious coat. Lastly think about age. tbc


Puppies are wonderful, but they are also a lot of work. Senior rescues are so rewarding, but you don't get to spend much time with your pet and they often have health problems. A dog that is just past adolescence usually brings the best of both worlds -- if their first owner took the time to teach them anything.

Once you have decided what you want in your dog, you can start looking for him or her. Probably the best resource is, where most shelters and rescues list available dogs. You put in your address and the radius of your search and select breed, etc, then it lets you know what's available. Most rescues will allow a trial weekend so you can make sure you are a good fit. But a trainer I know says that you own a dog for at least a month before you ever meet them, just like us they are not behaving naturally when thrown into a new environment. Regardless of which dog you choose, make sure to have them fixed, vetted, and allow time in your schedule to train them.


Only had 2 dogs here so far; the first was my family's first dog when I was just a kid and came from a pet store cage: I'd never recommend pet stores because of it.

My second (and current) dog I got directly from a breeder, and if you're not going to go with a rescue that'd be my suggestion. It may cost more, but you avoid the nastiness of puppy mills and poor care that can be behind some pet stores.

With that said, shelter dogs can be just as good; even though I haven't had one, I know enough people that have that have had good results. Plus there's the obvious benefits to adopting a shelter dog. Dogs are truly man's (and woman's) best friend and are absolutely worth it.