Getting a Dog

Adoption

Although buying a puppy from a Pet store can be an exciting experience we strongly recommend you consider adopting a dog from a shelter.  You can provide a home for a loving animal that might otherwise be euthanized.  It is also generally known that mutts or dogs of mixed breeds are less likely to have congenital disorders.  Often, pet stores purchase dogs from commercial breeders (a.k.a. puppy mills).  The positive health, genealogy, and treatment of puppies from pet stores is very difficult to verify.

Pure Breeds

If you are in love with a particular breed it is very likely that there exists a rescue organization in your vicinity for that specific breed.  This is truly the best of both worlds!

Finally, if you have your heart set on a new puppy of a particular breed DO YOUR HOMEWORK and find a responsible breeder.  When you contact the breeders ask them the right questions.  How often do they have litters?  Do they raise them in their own home? How long do they vouch for their health?  Do they have referrals that you can contact?

Remember, whether you adopt from an organization or purchase from a responsible breeder, you are welcoming a new family member into your home for life.  Give them what they need to be happy; training, exercise, affection and healthy food.

Great Resources for Adoption!

http://www.bobbiandthestrays.org

http://www.animalleague.org

http://www.mightymutts.org

http://www.aspca.org/nyc/adoptable-dogs

http://www.nyabandonedangels.com/

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