A Proud Liberal wrote:
Visit the local shelter, there will be dogs of all sizes and temperaments in need of a good home.
Great idea! Some poor homeless dog would feel incredibly lucky to have a deep back yard with a six foot fence.
The Animal Rescue Site
My husband and I met via the internet, so when our beloved cat (who detested dogs) passed away, we decided to search the internet for a dog. About two months later we found Dante. He had been about to be euthanized at a shelter when a rescue organization called Zara's List rescued him. He was living at a foster home because of his size, and his profile said he just wanted to be a part of a family — not a "left out in the backyard" dog. We heard his bark at the pet store before his foster dad found us, and once he put the leash in my hand, that was it. We drove home saying to each other, "What have we done? We have a dog!" Right about that time Dante put his head on the armrest between us, and we knew we had made the right decision.
Being dog parents is a huge responsibility, but we have grown into a very happy pack. We even took a doggy vacation this summer to dog-friendly cities along the California coast, and we all had the time of our lives. All the dog hair, muddy paw prints, and multiple bones all over the house are a small price to pay for the unconditional love we get from our Dante.
~Shari & Marc Micheli