Want to Adopt a Purebred Dog? Start With a Breed Rescue

Adoption Isn't Necessarily the End

A rescue will help you find the perfect dog for you, but that may not be the end of your relationship with the organization. You should expect to sign a contract with the group as part of the adoption — and don't be surprised if it contains a clause requiring you to return the dog to the rescue if you can no longer give him a home,just as if you had gone to a responsible breeder.The contract may also include another clause that gives the rescue the right to reclaim the dog; this is meant to cover rare situations of abuse and neglect.

Drew considered the MAPR contract at some length before he adopted Bossman — particularly the part about how the rescue could come and take the dog away if it wasn't being properly cared for."I was a little nervous about that, but I'm OK with it," he says. "Dogs don't go into rescue because they had a cushy life, so I'm glad that they don't adopt out these dogs and forget about them. They're advocates for them, and I appreciate that."

Adopting through a breed-specific rescue can be a complex process, but in return you may get more than just a dog who's a good fit — a good rescue organization will continue to serve as a resource after you take your dog home. You may also find you have an ongoing relationship in other ways, too. "I've become Facebook friends with the woman who did the home inspection," Drew says. "She has a monthly Pug get-together."

Hanover adds, "Getting a Flat-Coat is joining a family. We want to hear from you."

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