+ Shelters - There are many dogs, both mixes and purebreds, in shelters across the United States. These dogs have been abandoned, lost, abused or neglected, and are all waiting for forever homes. Many shelters list their dogs on petfinder.com, where you can search for dogs by numerous criteria such as breed, size, sex, age, and location. Shelters vary in how much they know about any particular dog, so make sure that, prior to adoption, you take the time to get familiar with the dog that you are interested in. Also, be aware that there will be an adjustment period once you bring the dog home, as well as possible "issues" to deal with. Make sure that you are committed to the dog so that he/she does not have to deal with the trauma of being returned to the shelter.
+ Rescue Groups - There are breed specific, mixed breed, and even size specific rescue groups. Although some shelters have foster programs, the fostering of the dogs in their care tends to be a distinguishing feature of rescue groups. Since these dogs are living in a home environment, more is generally known about the behavior and habits of the dogs. In addition, the foster family works to prepare the dog for life with a forever family; some shelters, to the extent that they are able, also do this. The adoption requirements of rescue groups are often more rigorous than those of a shelter and may require a home visit. An emphasis is placed on matching the "right" dog to the "right" home.
+ Reputable Breeders - Not all breeders are reputable and, with the proliferation of Internet sites selling puppies, it is very important to know how to determine if a breeder is reputable; to be able to distinguish a responsible breeder from a puppy miller or back-yard-breeder (BYB). A reputable breeder:
Reputable breeders will occasionally have young adult or older Italian Greyhounds available.
***Health screening databases are available to the public, with the largest one compiled by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) - the CERF (eye) database is on this website. Features include the ability to search for heath tested dogs and for the genetic health screening that a specific breed should have.
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Italian Greyhound Breeders - breeder listing on the Italian Greyhound Club of America website
PetFinder Site - puppies and dogs in shelters and with rescue groups
Where Do Pet Store Puppies Come From - a good, simple video from National Mill Dog Rescue
IG Rescued from a Puppy Mill - are there IGs in puppy mills? Unfortunately, yes.
No Pups for Sale? - an article about cities that have banned pet sales.
-- Pet Stores - There are several reasons not to get a puppy at a pet store. These reasons include the following:
-- Internet Puppies - You've found an adorable picture of an Italian Greyhound on an Internet website, but what is the background of this puppy? If you purchase the puppy, will you be supporting irresponsible breeding by inadvertently buying from a puppy mill or back-yard-breeder (BYB)? Will your puppy arrive sick, have a poor temperament, or develop genetically inherited conditions as he/she gets older?
How do you know if the puppies are from a reputable breeder? Check out the description of a reputable breeder in the left column of this page. Then consider the following:
When looking for a puppy, remember that the following are not good signs:
A website does not necessarily represent reality; Internet puppy sites have a knack for making themselves look reputable, when, in fact, they may not be.
If you would like assistance evaluating whether an Italian Greyhound being offered is from a reputable breeder, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an opinion.
You aren't alone and your dog is no less deserving of love than any other. In fact, most rescue group and shelter dogs originally come from these sources. The difference is that buying a puppy from a pet store, puppy mill, or back-yard-breeder supports the breeding of puppies in that manner. So what can you do?
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