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All dog rescues are not created equal.  They can range from individuals who are helping a few dogs, to a large organization with hundreds of dogs.  Many people begin rescue groups for very altruistic purposes.  Yet, they fall short and become insolvent within a few years because of financial reasons.  It may seem that a $150-400 adoption fee seems quite high, yet a single transport can easily run $150 per dog.  Vet care can double that and when you add food, spay / neuter costs, vaccinations, and microchipping the expenses begin to mount quickly.   So, there are many costs incurred in getting a healthy dog or puppy; these rescues acquire the dog, care for them and then take on the responsibility of adopting them out.  Rescues choose each dog, and act as guardian and protector of that dog so that he/she doesn’t end up in another (potentially) horrible situation.

Many dog rescue groups do not have buildings or facilties and they rely on fosters who care for dogs in their homes before they are adopted out.  Some rescue groups take dogs from Asia, Europe, South America and other regions as well and bring them to the US to find them homes.  These are typically private groups or private individuals who need to file 501c3 papers with the IRS in order to become legally recognized as a non-profit.  Your adoption fee or contribution is NOT tax deductible unless they’re covered on their annual report and 9-90 filing.  These are required by the government to be filed annually.  Ask to see this paperwork to make sure they are in good standing and your fees will be tax deductible.

Some rescue groups specialize in only one breed, or obvious crosses or mixes.  If you have your heart set on a Lab, or Lab mix, then a Lab rescue would be the best place to look!  If you’re more of a spontaneous person and you’d like to see what’s out there, then consider an all-breed dog rescue.  This will enable you to view dogs of different sizes, colors and ages. Part of the fun of rescuing a dog is choosing from the incredible range of options from 8 weeks to 15 years and from 2 pounds to 200 pounds.

Consider making your first visit with adults only so that children do not inadvertently fall in love with a dog that will ultimately not be a good fit for your family.  It’s also a great idea to bring someone who is more objective, so you don’t go home with (perhaps) the wrong dog!  Remember that adoption should be forever, so make an educated choice.  Make it count.  After all, this will be your new best friend!


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These are typically private groups, and private individuals, who need to file 501C3 papers with the IRS in order to become legally recognized non-profits.  Your adoption fee or contribution is NOT tax decuctable unless they’re covered on their annual reports and 9-90 filings (CHECK THAT).  These are required by the government to be filed every

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Many rescue groups do not have building or facility and are foster based. Foster based rescues are typically run by animal lovers who try to get high risk dogs, or dogs in the Southern part of US, adopted by transporting them to areas with greater demand for those dogs.  There are also rescue groups that

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