Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had a lively discussion about, among other things, the idea that it is all but impossible to find a young, healthy purebred dog in the shelter.
Although a few people held fast to that belief, most of the participants agreed with me: There are plenty of purebred puppies and teens in the shelter.
Purebred Pups at Shelters
The following dogs, all of whom are purebred shelter puppies or teenagers, are adopted, in rescue or still in the shelter. I live in California, but if you search online in your area, you’ll find similar results — maybe not today but within a few weeks.
Check out these beauties:
Young Dogs Abound in California Shelters
In addition to all the purebred dogs I’ve included, there are now more than 900 dogs in Southern and Central California animal shelters who are less than 1 year old, including dozens of puppies younger than 4 months old.
Check out this lovely Lhasa Apso who was rescued after being put in “doggy jail,” as the rescuer describes it:
Some of the dogs above may be sick, yes, but usually with a respiratory infection or kennel cough, both of which are easily treatable. Most of them just need grooming.
Whether you’re looking for a purebred puppy, a purebred adult, a “designer” breed or an amazing mutt to share your life with, don’t shop — adopt.
Tamar Love Grande, former associate editor, is a Crazy Dog Person who has fostered and found homes for more than 200 dachshunds in the past few years. Tamar lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her cat and far too many wiener dogs.