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15 May 2008 @ 02:41 pm
Adoptiong a pet for free  
Does anyone know where I could adopt a pet for free? Or if there is even such a thing? I read up on how not to buy a dog from a pet store and the puppy mill ordeal so I was wondering if I could adopt a pet for free that needed a home? Does anyone know of any good shelters in New York? Specifically I'm looking for a puppy. thanks
She appears composed, so she is, I suppose.stacyinthecity on May 16th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)

It costs a lot of money to rescue pets (they need to be fed and have vet care taken care of, plus the rescue orgs frequently have the pets fixed and vaccinated before they are adopted). It is only fair that you should pay a nominal fee to adopt the animal.

Not to mention, the adoption fee is sort of a screening tool for the orgs, to make sure that the person isn't a "collector" or someone that will abuse the animal or anything. And chances are, if you don't have a small amount of money to cover the adoption fee, you won't be able to afford the vet care, food, and so on that pets require.
so_wtfso_wtf on May 16th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
do you know of any that you can adopt that don't get fixed?
She appears composed, so she is, I suppose.stacyinthecity on May 16th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)

The whole thing with rescue orgs it that they do not want irresponsible people breeding animals, or even well intentioned but inexperienced people breeding animals.

Not to mention, responsible people who through no fault of their own, lose their unfixed dog, which then gets pregnant (or impregnates other unfixed animals).

They want to PREVENT this sort of stuff. And the best way to do that is only allow fixed animals to be adopted.
so_wtfso_wtf on May 16th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I see that's fair except I'm not looking to breed animals. Or the dogs I just wanted to adopt two female dogs that's all. But having them fixed I just don't agree with that since it's natural but I guess it doesn't matter what I think thanks anyway.
She appears composed, so she is, I suppose.stacyinthecity on May 16th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it doesn't matter to the rescue orgs if you don't plan on breeding them. It is one of their requirements. If you don't meet that requirement, you don't get to adopt from them.

BTW, most reputable breeders also include a spay/neuter clause in their contracts, excepting in cases where you plan on showing the dog or something.

As for the whole "natural" thing, I don't buy that at all. Keeping an unfixed dog and never allowing them to breed is imo far worse than fixing the dog. And with all the unwanted dogs and cats in the world, breeding more without being a reputable breeder (one who tests for hereditary diseases, one who shows the dogs, etc), breeding a dog to let it live more "natural" is so wrong. Dogs should be bred only to improve the breed.

In any event, an unfixed dog will have these urges to breed, hormones, going through heat, wanting to wander, etc, but won't be allowed to act on them. That seems pretty wrong to me. And then on top of that, there are so many health risks (esp with females) - breast cancer, uterine cancer, etc. The risks go way up in unspayed, unbred dogs.

And you know, you never know when a dog might get stolen or might escape. It happens, even to the best of owners. If that unfixed dog gets out on the streets, despite your best intention, then come more unwanted puppies. It is just so sad.
so_wtfso_wtf on May 17th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
I see so would you happen to know where I could find a good place in New York to adopt a puppy then? Are there any that don't require you to have had a puppy and be aged 21 and older?
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