Rescue Pets 101
Finding the perfect dog doesn't have to mean buying one from a pet store or a breeder; breed-rescue organizations also offer attractive options to potential dog owners. According to pet expert Marc Morrone, breed-rescue organizations differ from animal shelters because each one typically focuses on a specific breed -- such as greyhounds, rottweilers, dachshunds, or retrievers -- and contains dogs ranging in age from puppies to adults.
At most breed-rescue organizations, the staff assesses a dog's temperament, health, and level of training before deciding if it's a good candidate for adoption; each dog is also examined, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. After evaluation, many animals are placed in foster homes for further observation, and when it is determined that a dog is suitable for adoption, prospective owners are interviewed thoroughly -- a process that may involve one or more home visits.
Dogs Featured on the Show
- Molly, owned by Lynn Whittaker
- Rascal, owned by Charlene Gresh
- Three boxer/bullmastiff puppies, fostered by Lynn Whittaker
- Missy, owned by Tina Fancher
- Tessie, owned by Jenn Rogers
- Zeus, owned by Dawn White