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What Exactly Is A Rescue Dog?

Rescue is the best breed 💕

If you’re new to the world of dog rescuing and adoption, you might be wondering what a rescue dog even is.

Do you *literally* rescue a dog in real-time like some sort of superhero?

Well — sort of! But it usually doesn’t look as cool and glamorous.

What’s a rescue dog?

A rescue dog is a dog being rehomed after being surrendered by its original owner,” Shelby Semel, head trainer at Animal Haven rescue in New York City, told The Dodo.

And while it’s true that some rescues are surrendered — there are lots of other reasons a dog might be dubbed a “rescue dog.” For example, he could have been found as a stray on the street, or maybe was born in a shelter when a pregnant mom was taken in.

But in general, it’s any dog whom you’re adopting from a rescue group or shelter.

Unlike buying a dog from a dog store or breeder — which costs way more money and contributes to dog overpopulation — rescuing means you’re adopting a dog in need and literally saving a life (or rather two lives, since you’re also opening up a spot at that rescue for a new dog to be saved).

Where do rescue dogs come from?

While some have been surrendered by their owners, often because the owner couldn’t care for them anymore, others are literally rescued off the street (like a stray), or from puppy mills.

Others can be dogs that are found after a natural disaster (like a hurricane), where pets get separated from their owners and their original families can’t be tracked down.

If you’re toying with the idea of adopting a dog of your own, here’s everything you need to know to make this dream a reality!

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