Originally Posted by pitbulliest
Uhh..I definately don't suggest petfinder!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why would you want to get a dog over the internet without knowing anything about where they are actually coming from, the conditions they are in, etc???
I know a fair number of folks who found their dogs through PetFinder. I've never heard of happier endings than they've had.
Using PetFinder is no different than adopting from a shelter. In both, you meet with the dog, and see how you get along. If it's a match made in heaven, you fill out applications to adopt. In fact, many of the dogs (if not most) are in shelters or from shelters, the rest are in foster homes and breed specific rescues.
You do know the conditions they are in since you meet them and see what they're like, where they're kept, how they're cared for, etc.
It is true that you do not always know about their past, but then, does anyone ever know about the past of dogs in shelters? Rarely. No matter where you adopt a dog from, be it through PetFinder, from your nearest shelter, or from a rescue, you are taking a risk.
PetFinder is a GREAT tool for re-homing pets who badly need homes. It is a great tool for finding your perfect pooch.