Features September 2013 Issue

Finding The Best Animal Shelters

Most rescues and some shelters rely on volunteer foster homes to care for the dogs seeking adoption. A good foster program is one in which the volunteers (and their dogs, like resident dog Molly, left) train and socialize the foster dogs to make them better adoption candidates.

Finding The Best Animal Shelters

How to starve the scammers and support the bonefide heroes in animal rescue.

Adopting a homeless dog should be a joyful process, and the beginning of a rewarding relationship. I highly recommend it. But there are pitfalls. (You knew there were going to be pitfalls, didn’t you?) Not every animal rescuer, rescue group, or shelter that is well-intentioned can back up good intentions with self-discipline, genuine animal expertise, and the organizational and people skills necessary to do a good job of placements and follow-up.

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