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Petfinder Outreach Team- Susan Greene & Sara Kent

This is a special section for dogs needing new homes and for inspiring stories of dogs that have found their furever home through Dogster or through the love and energy of rescuers. This is also the place to discuss shelters, rescue organizations, rescue strategies, issues, solutions, etc. and how we can all help in this critical endeavor. Remember that we are all here for the love of dog! If you are posting about a dog that needs a new home, please put your location in the topic of your thread so those close by can find you! Make sure to check out Dogster's dog adoption center!

  
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Duncan

Because I'm- Duncan, that's- why

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Barked: Tue Oct 29, '13 8:23am PST 
Agreed; it would be impossible to police everyone! Especially for an organization as huge as Petfinder. I'm sure they do the best they can.

Truly, though, rescues run the gamut from shady, to mediocre, to the ones who do everything "right." There are many featured on Petfinder that range from mildly-bad to horrid, for lots of different reasons. And lots of adopters DO of course have bad experiences with rescues that are on Petfinder.

My advice to adopters would be to do research on the rescue organization itself. It's kind of like selecting a breeder; it's good to know what is important, what to look for, and possible "red flags." And beyond that, try to get references, whether provided by the organization, or better still, if you personally know someone who has adopted from the particular organization. Ask around, and get that feedback. And ask the organization's representatives lots of questions. You should be comfortable with their answers; and if you're not, even if it's not a "bad" rescue, it might not be a good fit for you.
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