Kudos to Mary Agnes Welch for her article on adopting a rescue dog (Magnificent mutts, Feb. 18). Unfortunately, so many people still refuse to consider adopting from a shelter because they believe these dogs "may have behavioural issues." Often they forget a responsible rescue centre will gladly work with potential adopters to ensure a good fit between the dog and adoptive family.
There are well over a dozen dog rescues in Manitoba, including many breed-specific rescue centres.
I recently helped a close friend foster four hapless pups rescued from a reserve. All four pups grew into wonderful, loving and well-behaved dogs -- with permanent homes still needed for three (they're currently in foster care with Funds for Pets).
Wherever you look, there are many deserving dogs in great need of a good home. Most make wonderful pets -- all it takes is a little research on our part.