I am sure you think that these shelters have the best interest of their animals at heart. Wrong! Would that not be the best scenario. Many people think of shelters and adoption agencies as the way to save otherwise doomed animals from a life of drudgery ! Many of these agencies are far from legal and helpful to the pets they seem to represent.
Most legitimate shelters would put the health and happiness of the pets they represent at the top of the list. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, (dog or cat), be sure to do your homework and investigate the agencies you are considering. Along with shelters, a number of smaller organizations also work to find homes for surrendered animals. Some things you may need to know about them are there concerns about the health and welfare of their animals. Most reputable shelters will guarantee the health, their pets are spayed and neutered as well as up to date on all vaccinations. If for some reason the adoption does not work out, they are happy to take their animals back in order to continue pursuing a good home that may be a better fit for that animal. If they do not guarantee these facts to you and seem to put money first, their hearts are not in the right place!! Check with your local Humane Society as they can direct you to a reputable shelter.
Many rescues will request references, including your veterinarian’s name and phone number, as well as information about your current living situation and experience with pets. If you are a renter, this might include contacting your landlord to verify that pets are allowed in your building. Some rescues require a home visit (a practice common in breed-specific rescues) to ensure that the animal’s needs will be met. Of course you will pay an adoption fee, which is to be expected, but most times this fee includes all health guarantees. Actually, they cannot fully guarantee the health but should be able to document that all efforts have been made to identify any health issues and have gone through a thorough exam from their own vets. They should also stand behind the fact that you will want to visit your own vet as soon as you get your new pet home, and should even encourage it.
If you want to adopt a new pet, do your homework first in finding reputable shelters and open your heart to a new family member. Check out this site for more information on puppy scams and cons which is available at http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-scams-cons.html.
http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/72634.html. Check on line for other local listings. http://www.chihuahua-land.com/chi/puppy/index.asp