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Missm1005 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:32:34

Hi, I am looking to get a dog, I have two little girls aged 3 an 5. I went to the dogs trust yesterday but there was no dog available for children under 8. I'm finding it really hard to get a rescue dog for young children. I would really like to rehome a dog but this isn't looking possible and it looks like I'm going to get a puppy instead. Has anyone managed to get a rescue dog with young children? I live in north Manchester. Thanks

mistlethrush Mon 08-Jul-13 13:44:20

Yes, there are lots of rescues that will home with young children, but are careful with the dogs that they might suggest.

Did you have specific ideas on size / type / temperament / how much you want to walk them etc?

LadyTurmoil Mon 08-Jul-13 13:50:14

do a good Google search and you will find rescues in your area or not too far away. Look for rescues that use a fostering system, the dogs will have been living with families and are more adjusted to normal everyday life than a dog that's been in kennels for a time. Many of the smaller rescues seem to be more flexible about placing dogs with families who have younger children. Here are some websites Even if they don't have a suitable dog at the time, get your name/details on their list, explain what lifestyle you have and they can contact you when and if they get a dog in that they think will suit your family.

LegoAcupuncture Mon 08-Jul-13 13:52:31

If you're looking to adopt rather than get a new puppy, look for dogs from foster homes rather than shelters as some dogs will be in a setting similar to your home.

We looked at getting a dog from a shelter but kept getting the same as you, no good with young children. We looked for a good few months.

Good luck in your search.

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