When I was seventeen, my parents gave me permission to get my first dog. I knew I wanted a young, adult dog, a dog that would be good with cats (we had four at the time), and a small to medium sized dog. I wasn’t sure what breed would be the best fit, but I knew I wanted to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter. So, I began my research and journey to find the perfect dog for me.
I read up on all kinds of breeds of dogs and their general temperament, grooming needs, and trainability. Once I had a general idea of what breed would be a potential match, I started searching the internet for rescues and shelters that were located close to me. Then I came across Petfinder.com.
Petfinder.com allows you to search all rescues/shelters from all over the country. You can search by your zip code and distance and narrow your results by the type of pet you want, their breed, age, and gender. You can additionally search for pets that are housebroken, declawed, have special needs, and the rescue/shelters tell you if the pet is good with children and other pets. Petfinder.com shows you pictures and descriptions of each pet and also has helpful articles to read and resources to check out.
After looking on Petfinder.com for a few months, I found a dog whose picture melted my heart. She was perfect in every way and was located in Harrisburg, PA. I quickly contacted the rescue and set up a time to go meet her for the first time. When my parents and I pulled up to the rescue, Jamie (then named Connie), was waiting for us outside. We took her home that day and she’s been my little fur-baby ever since.
Here is a picture of little Jamie!
If you are looking to rescue a pet, I would highly recommend using Petfinder.com to aid in your search. If you have questions about adoption, our team at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital would be happy to help in any way we can. We are located in beautiful Frederick, Maryland.