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Old November 9th, 2020, 08:10 PM
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Hello,

I used to be part of this community about 10 years ago, looks like its not as busy as it once was but maybe I can still find some info here.

Our 13 year old GSD Jermy, has sadly passed away. We are looking for a dog to join our family but looks like now a days its not so simple.

I was hoping to adopt a rescue but any time i find a dog that fits us (3 and under, good with kids, cats and dogs, shorthair) there are so many people that apply that we get either no response or a try again another time kind of response.

I contacted several reputable breeders and even they didnt even bother to answer as they have 1-2 year waiting lists (some even closed waiting lists) and the prices have just skyrocketed.

I am not sure what my next steps should be. Our home has a void, but i refuse to support puppy mills and i want to make sure the dog will be the right fit for us....
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Old November 9th, 2020, 11:59 PM
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Hello Masha.........

It says you are in Toronto, but it's a big city.

I gather that breed isn't your top priority.......have you considered looking outside the city? There are lots of Pet Rescue places out there, but Toronto might not be the best place to be looking......at least not with the virus out there.....Seems to be quite a demand for pets.

We could suggest places like Lindsay or Peterborough, or even farther north like Burk's Falls, North Bay......they all have animal shelters I'm sure that would have rescue pets for adoption.

There are a few in the Thunder Bay area but that could be a tad far out for you. There's also Sudbury.

Perhaps if you "Google" it or "Duck Duck Go" it, you might have some success.

Keep us posted to let us know if you find something good for your family. By the way, we also have contacts in New Liskeard, if that's not too far away either.
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Old November 10th, 2020, 11:33 AM
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We applied to be fosters/adopters with an established rescue, just to get on their books and get the preapproval. Then it was just a matter of finding a dog that fit the family. There was still a little competition, but it was a lot easier, and a much shorter wait when the perfect dog came along. Plus, many established rescues have transport networks, so you're not limited just to dogs in your immediate area. So that might be a good strategy for you, too.

Good luck! Keep us posted!
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