Every year millions of dogs are taken to animal shelters around the country for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, the dogs get lost and eventually find their owners while others are dropped off by people who no longer can care for their pets. In these sad situations, many of the beautiful animals that are brought in never find homes and due to over population; they are put to sleep which is both tragic and preventable.
One of the most common of these shelter dogs is the Schnauzer. These popular canines add to the ranks of these overpopulated facilities and some get adopted while others never make it out. But luckily, there are some people that really care about this dog breed and work hard to find homes for these dogs.
There are many different Schnauzer Rescues around the country that take in these animals in order to save their lives. These groups who often work under a non-profit status, seek out these dogs and take them out of kill shelters. They provide them with temporary homes while they find new owners for them. But if the dogs do not get adopted then they are not in any danger of being put to sleep. Instead, Schnauzer Rescue groups keep them indefinably. These groups never take in more animals than they can handle and they can avoid having to put any of their animals to sleep.
Other than kill shelters, these groups also get their dogs from puppy mills. These mills often crowd hundreds of dogs in tiny cages in hopes to produce the maximum amount of puppies as fast as possible. These illegal operations often provided puppies for pet shops and flea markets. Many people never know that they are adding to the problem when they purchase animals from these places. So instead of getting your next dog from a flea market, go to either a reputable dog breeder or a rescue group instead. This will help ensure that these mills get shut down for good.
So if you are looking for one of these dog breeds, why not get one from one of these non-profit groups? Not only will you be helping save one dog, you will actually be saving two. Bringing your cute little pooch home means another dog can be taken out of a bad situation. Dogs from these groups are very special and make great loving and loyal pets.
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