if youre thinking about getting a dog....
Think about fostering! There are TOO many dogs going to kill shelters. And yes, because you drop them off at a no kill, does NOT mean they wont be transported somewhere else. Also, "he's such a good dog, someone will adopt him" doesnt mean he will be....
I learned a lot when I decided to foster.
There is a desperate need for fosters.
There are so many dogs pulled from 1 hr till pts time, and more that arent... waiting for even just a temporary home.
They are not 'bad' dogs. Some are trained, some pure breds, puppies, some know shake, lay down, ring the bell to pee.... some look so confused but usually grateful. Those are the worst. Families that have just dropped an older dog off because of an inconvience of some sort.
It will save a few dogs. It will see how truly ready you, your home, your children and your spouse are for the responsibility of a dog. You will be able to see how well THAT particular dog fits into your home. Lets face it, you can pay all you want and get it wherever you want and you still wont know its personality or how well a dog fits in until you spend at least a few weeks with it in your home on a day to day basis.
A dog WILL come along that 'fits' in your family. That you fall in love with. If he/she doesnt... then you saved them till they find their forever home (usually takes a month or so) and everyone is better off.