Since we started this website, we have learned of many places that we didn't know existed - from small local shelters, to foster programs, to breed-specific rescue organizations, and caring individuals who don't have official titles, but just do the work - all of these places have pets that need homes.
We'd like to have a webpage on the PetoftheDay.com, DogoftheDay.com and CatoftheDay.com family of websites to awaken people to the wide variety of places that have animals waiting for a good, loving home.
If you have suggestions and contributions of where and how people should look for their new pet, we'd appreciate your help. We'd of course mention petfinder.org, but would like to create a comprehensive resource of the available options.
How to find your "local" shelters?
What kind of shelters exist?
What questions should they ask at shelter?
What fees should one expect?
What questions should they ask a breeder?
How do I find a breed-specific rescue?
How do I find animals that are in foster care?
I am sure there are question we haven't thought of, but using the great collective knowledge of Pet Talk, I am sure we can create a wonderful resource that will help a lot of people and animals.
Of course a mention of the horrors of puppy (and kitten and other) mills would be necessary, and a warning against, for example, buying a pet store pup.
If you'd like to help by contributing a paragraph or more, please post in this thread, or Private Message or email me.