Are Pet Adoption Websites What They Seem?

By now, we all know that the internet is a double-edged sword. While this technological advancement can help so many people in so many ways, it is also a playground for predators and scam artists. According to the most recent issue of The Whole Dog Journal, pet lovers can no longer trust internet adoption sites, such as

Though there are legitimate offerings on, and similar sites, “Not all organizations presenting themselves as “rescues” on Petfinder are nonprofit (yes, some are puppy mills),” reports Dog Journal editor Nancy Kerns. “And not all obey state laws about health certificates. Some circumvent these laws by having adopters meet the transport vehicle in a parking lot just over the state line.”

When looking for a homeless pet to adopt, Kerns suggests working with a local rescue organization where you can meet the dog before the adoption.

“A good local rescue will take back the dog, for any reason, for the life of the dog,” She said.

The Whole Dog Journal points out that some “rescues” on often charge a hefty “adoption fee,” perhaps $250 to $350, to pay for neuter/rabies/shots/grooming, while local rescue shelters provide the same pre-adoption services for a much smaller fee, often only $80. Bottom line: as always, don’t trust everything you see on the internet. When looking for a suitable pet to adopt, first research the breed in question to determine if it will suit your needs and match your lifestyle, then use the internet as a research tool to find a reputable, local rescue shelter that offers healthy, well cared for animals.

Always do your homework.

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