Adopting from shelters...

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  1. ~Tucker&Me~

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    So I have been planning for a while that when I move out and the timing is right, I would like to adopt a dog. Of course, this is far into the future but I figured why not ask my question now :p

    I am leaning towards a senior, as they tug at my heart strings and besides vet bills, I am thinking would be less maintenance than a young energetic dog. However, where I live, the nearby shelters rarely have small dogs, and are only ever half full. The dogs are in no danger (no-kill shelter) and actually have it pretty good here.

    However, I know in other places that the situation is quite dire and that there are high euthanasia rates. I really want to help a dog in need and am thinking maybe what I will do is travel somewhere to pick a dog.

    So my question is:

    Will places allow me to adopt dogs if I don't live locally? Like can I fill out an adoption sheet and just go (lmao) or will that not be allowed?

    Thoughts?
     
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    I dont know about much about all shelters. but the shelter here doesn't give a flying rats behind about who you are, where you are, etc.. as long as you are over 18 and have the $ to pay the adoption fee. unless your adopting a pitbull
     
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    It depends on the place and their policies. Some will allow those out of area to adopt, some won't. I suggest looking up places that interest you and then calling them to find out their policies.
     
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    like sweet said, it depends. around here some places care, some don't.

    and bless you for considering an older dog. they totally rock. although they can still be very high maintenance, just in different ways than young dogs.
     
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    Thanks guys :)

    Hah I love how I say I am planing on a small dog, yet on petfinder I keep returning to the profiles of senior pitties.

    I fail :p

    But I mean cmon, take a look:

    Adopt a Pit Bull Terrier: Kayla: Petfinder
     
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    You'll know the right one when you meet !!
     
  7. tessa_s212

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    The kind of shelters that are high killl and let any one walk out with a dog as long as they pay the fee would be your best bet if doing long distnace adoption. That, or rescue groups that allow long distance.
     
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    I have adopted from a shelter that was a decent distance away (about 80 miles or so) I really don't think they'll care :)

    Adopting a senior dog is awesome. Im on my third. You'll really enjoy it. :)
     
  9. tessa_s212

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    This ^^

    I really applaud you on wanting a senior dog. I wish more people would consider adopting seniors. We got spook at 8 years old. We only had him just one year, and he was the most amazing dog. I can't even describe how much he meant to us. No matter if it was one year, we loved him every little bit as the dogs we've had for 9 or more years. We didn't have him for long, and adopting senior dogs can be hard because you do lose them sooner, but I just think it is the most amazing gift you could ever give a dog. And every tear I've ever cried over his illness and passing has been worth it ten fold. No, make it 100 fold.
     
  10. Adopting a senior dog is the BEST. Seniors have a very special place in my heart. I have 6 and they are amazing. :)

    And that pit bull is beautiful, just look at her little gray muzzle! Awwww! :D
     
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    Thank you, and the same back at you :)

    Scooter (my avatar) was only with us two years. Way worth it. :)
     

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