I was 28 when I got my last dog (from a free puppies sign in someone's yard). A month or so after she died I got Tara from a free to good home ad in the local paper. I am now 51.......so I'm dedicated to giving them a forever home! It's not about getting a dog for free, as sterilising and other vet care costs are way more than the price of a shelter dog.
Tara has cataracts and arthritis, she is starting to fade. I dread the day I come home from work and find her gone.
People aren't offering many free-to-good-home pets anymore, rightfully so.....I understand this, but where does it leave someone like me? I don't want a puppy from a BYB, or a pet store, and I don't want a pure bred dog from a show breeder either. I live in the country, and I only have farm fencing around my place - which would disqualify me from acquiring a rescue dog from a shelter..given that most do fence checks. I realise they want the best possible home for their dogs......but some dogs have been in refuges for YEARS. My old girl stays inside when I go to work. She is safe, and fed and loved, and I will look after her until the last breath she takes........yet I'm not suitable to buy a rescue dog.