The American Dog Trainers Network

ADOPTING A DOG
FROM A BREED RESCUE CLUB

two adopted dogs
a rainbow-colored separation bar

For those who are looking for an adolescent or adult dog, there are hundreds of breed rescue clubs across the country who offer purebred dogs (and occasionally puppies) at a minimal adoption fee ($50 to $250) to help defray costs.

Be sure to consider only those breed clubs which interview and carefully screen both dogs (for temperament) and applicants.

Listed below are two wonderful books which list rescue clubs that offer dogs available for adoption:

Canine Source Book
Revised edition title:
EVERTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DOGS
by Susan Bulanda #:(215)323-8022
c/o Doral Publishing,
32025 Village Cr. Lane,
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

(The Canine Source Book lists both purebred & mixed breed rescue clubs, and has a variety of chapters listing dog and animal related associations, breed clubs, publications, registries, hotlines, activity clubs, health & safety organizations, and much more.)

Project BREED
by Shirley Weber,
Tele.#:(301)428-3675
Network for Ani-males & Females
18707 Curry Powder Lane,
Germantown, MD 20874

Project BREED lists purebred rescue clubs, breed info, animal organizations and lots of valuable dog-related information.)


Should You Adopt A Puppy or Adult Dog?

While you may be thinking of adopting a young puppy, keep in mind that there are millions of deserving adolescent and adult dogs -- both purebred and mixed-breed -- who desperately need homes as well.


Adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound

Special mention must be given to the plight of the "retired" racing Greyhound. Many thousands of docile, elegant, healthy Greyhounds between two and four years of age are put to death each year in this country (either legally, through lethal injection, or illegally, through starvation or clubbing), when they are no longer consider "up to par" on the racetrack. Many of these lovely greyhounds are now available for adoption.

Adopt-A-Greyhound

Greyhound Pets of America --
Adoption Center

California Adoption Center
Post Office Box 2433
La Mesa, California 91943-2433
(619) 443-0940

Greyhound Rescue
(Judy Tomlinson)

Make Peace With Animals --
Retired Greyhounds




Adopting An American Pit Bull Terrier

Another breed deserving special mention is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Despite its bad reputation and years of negative media hype, many American Pit Bull Terriers are intelligent, affectionate and docile dogs. There are currently thousand of friendly APBTs which desperatly need loving responsible homes.

American Pit Bull Terrier --
A Victim Of Bad Press --
Dog Owner's Guide

(Canis Major Publications; Norma Bennett Woolf)

Breed-Specific Sites -- The Dog InfoMAT
(Sandi Dremel)

The Canine Web
(Terri Watson)

Breed-Specific Legislation --
American Dog Trainers Network


Canine Defence Fund
Fights anti-dog and breed-specific legislation

The Dog Zone
E-mail

 Canine Legislation Page
Julie King
 E-mail
This excellent page offers extensive information on the topic of breed-specific legislation. Highly recommended!

Endangered Dogs Association
PO Box 1544,
London W7 2ZB
Telephone: 0181 843 9751 (Helpline)

For Pit's Sake
Lorren Teply
New York, NY

Friends of Terriers
Jeanne Balsam
593 Main St.
Pattenburg, New Jersey 08802-1248
(908) 713-9646
(Temperament tested, non-aggressive
American Pit BulI Terriers adopted
to qualified homes. Donations needed.)

PageWatch! --
Breed Specific Legislation Updates


Preservation Publishing --
Fighting Breed-Specific Bans

Jillian Cline and Mike Martindale have published 3 beautiful photo-filled books about American Pit Bull Terriers (the ones the media never talks about), as well as numerous pro-APBT products (tee-shirts, postcards, prints, etc.). The "Gus in the dark" T-shirt is my favorite! Profits from these items are going to a very worthy cause: to fight breed-specific legislation.

Sentient Creatures
Chitra Besbroda
855 West End Ave.
New York, NY
(212)865-5998



Adopting A Rottweiler

Rottweiler Rescue of Los Angeles
Contact: Arlene Silva
E-mail

Rottweiler Rescue of Michigan, Inc.
Contact: Arlene Silva 
E-mail
 

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
 and canine behavioral consultant.