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By Janet Reid
January 29, 2009
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Kansas Animal Health Department seized dozens of dogs from two breeders.
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I dont understand why the purebreds have to go to rescue groups instead of being put up for adoption by the shelter.
The shelters don't have the capacity to keep that many dogs. They would have to be euthanized after a very short time. I volunteer for a rescue group. We get dogs when their time is up at the shelter. They've already been offered by the local shelters and weren't adopted. We take all small dogs, not just the purebreds. Each rescue group has their specialty and knows how to care for that breed, which also helps the dog get the best home possible. Many rescue groups offer the dogs on Petfinder.com for adoption after their evaluation. They pay for the dogs vaccinations and spaying/neutering etc. before the dog is adopted. Typically, rescue groups do not euthanize any dogs. Many dogs are traumatized by being in a shelter situation as well. Most rescues offer foster homes for the dogs which allows them to evalutate the dogs and introduce them to living in a house with people. The rescues have their limits too. It's all based on how many foster homes are available for the dogs. It takes the work of many dedicated animal lovers to get that many dogs into homes.
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