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Old 05-30-2010, 02:28 PM
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Thumbs down If You Want a Free Dog....Don't.

Have you ever thought you could get a dog fore free instead of going to a rescue shelter and paying for the shots, food, adoption, etc that the free one possibly already had? Well...Don't think about money, that about the animal you could be saving from a resuce shelter! The free dog would probably be snatched up by a nice home, anyway. The rescue shelter puts down any animals thats aren't adopted after a period of time. It's like they are forced to give up their life...Do you want to put them through that? Think about that. Please.

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Old 05-30-2010, 02:40 PM
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Have you had personal experience with this? I personally see free dogs going to HORRIBLE homes because people who cant afford a dog get a free dog.
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Have you had personal experience with this? I personally see free dogs going to HORRIBLE homes because people who cant afford a dog get a free dog.

I've seen Free dogs 'TO A GOOD HOME' yeah right...on craigslist.com. But yeah, and people that like to like..hurt animals will like...yknow.
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So do you agree that if someone sees a free dog ad and can definitely afford a dog, free or not, they should consider getting the free dog? This keeps them from getting into horrible homes with no money to care for the pet. Now I agree with your pushing of rescuing when it comes to rescuing vs spending thousands on a dog from a breeder
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Breeding is horrible lets just leave it at hat >:|

Okay..so,Yes, they could consider getting the free dog, maybe as a friend a shelter resuce dog! That's helping both sides.
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I personally would say don't get the free dog.

A) if you adopt from the shelter, you've saved that's dogs life AND freed up space for another dog for the shelter to help.

B) You are taking a dog (Free to good home) from some irresponsible goon (majority of the time) who got a dog and decided to shirk the responsiblity (No one made you move to a no pets apartment, no one made you not train and exercise the dog properly, no one made you have a kid-and yes you can keep the dog and the kid...etc)-you are saying to them it's ok to get a pet without thinking it through because someone will take him. Stop. They can pay the surrender fee at a shelter and think harder next time. You can't save EVERY dog and you should let these people sit with the consequences of their actions and adopt from a reputable shelter

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They can pay the surrender fee at a shelter and think harder next time. You can't save EVERY dog and you should let these people sit with the consequences of their actions and adopt from a reputable shelter
This does not happen....families with no money to afford vet care and descent food for pets are the ones who grab the FREE pets....they never wind up at shelters after the owner pays a surrender fee....they wind up in homes where they will be put down for having a simple illness due to lack of money....
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This does not happen....families with no money to afford vet care and descent food for pets are the ones who grab the FREE pets....they never wind up at shelters after the owner pays a surrender fee....they wind up in homes where they will be put down for having a simple illness due to lack of money....
Well, I've volunteered in many shelters over ten years, and it does. And they do dump them outside shetlers and vet offices too.
And not all homes who get a free dog are terrible homes, but people who can't afford a dog (and often don't realize it) get them from free to good home ads.

I'm saying since we know better-adopt
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One of the best dogs I've ever had was a 'free dog'
Lived to be almost 16 yrs old. Passed away in 99
I still have photos of her hanging on my wall and still
put her stocking up at Christmas time...
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I think its difficult to say dont get a free dog and adopt as well as get a free dog and dont adopt. Two of my dogs were free and the rest were adopted from rescues and shelters. I also feel people who have "free to good home" want to avoid their dog going into the shelter because they fear they will be put down or just overly stressed. I saw a 10yr old cocker mix in the county shelter....she stood at her window and everytime someone came by she wagged her tail...do I think she found a home? Probably not due to her age and due to all the puppies in the pound. The owners most likely could have found her a home outside of the shelter. I just think the free dogs need a home as much as those in the shelter and we should not punish those dogs just to punish the owner. Especially right now when we are in such tough economic times.
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