When you are considering getting a dog, please first look into rescue. There are many wonderful animals that are taken to the pound for various reasons, from the owners were moving, the owners decide they don't want to deal with all of the work involved, to a simple lack of exercise or discipline (human allows dog to be pack leader).
Some of the stories below are negative experiences people had when going into one of these shelters. The stories are posted in hopes some of the SPCAs that do make it very hard to adopt are forced to change their policies. Turning a blind eye to some of the huge problems with some of these pounds will not help the dogs, cats and other small animals in them. Most of the pounds are overrun with dogs and cats. They are lacking in staff, and are doing everything they can to save the animals. Some, however, appear to not even want the dogs to be adopted out, denying applications for petty reasons, forcing potential adopters to seek a breeder or pet store while at the same time they have high kill-rates. Whether your local SPCA is well run, having the dog's best interest in mind, or seems to need a lot of improvements, for the innocent animals’ sakes, volunteer, rally with your local community and do what you can to make a difference.
Trying to Save Buddy, an SPCA Dog from a High-Kill Shelter (A True Story): Ever wonder why there are so many dogs in the pound, so many dogs killed on a daily basis? Read this shocking story...
If you experienced a denied application from an SPCA that you believe was unfair, share your story.
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Do you have a dog you can no longer keep? Before taking it to the pound where it has a high chance of being killed, list your pet in our free rescue classifies. We are constantly getting emails from folks asking where they can rescue a dog. The section is to help you connect and save a life.