Originally Posted by Original Frisco
Cute puppy and I love the name.
I'm glad you had such a good experience with adopting from a rescue group. CCHS has a good reputation and they do a lot of good for the animals who desperately need the help.
The concern with rescuing a puppy straight out of a shelter is disease. Parvo and distemper are killers of puppies and there is no way to tell if a puppy is already sick and incubating one of these illnesses. A dog can be symptom free for 7-10 days (sometimes even a bit longer) before breaking with the disease.In the meantime, it can pass the illness to other animals who are at risk.
I do rescue and I am scared of bringing a young pup right out of a shelter. I have a senior dog and I don't want to risk exposing him to distemper, despite the fact that he has been vaccinated.
I will take adults, who have a much better chance of having had shots, but at the very least have a much more capable immune system. I do foster lots of puppies, but they come from other sources.
Typically shelter puppies (as are most puppies in general before owner intervention) are loaded down with worms and other intestinal parasites that can passed along to humans and other animals. I am seeing a lot of giardia (think Montezuma's Revenge) in shelter rescues lately.
I do think adoption from a shelter is a fabulous option, but just be aware of what you might be getting yourself into before you take that step. For the general public, I recommend adopting a puppy from a rescue group, versus pulling one straight from a shelter all on your own. Let the rescue group, such as CCHS, take the risk.
ETA: For those people who don't know, I wanted to clarify that CCHS is the rescue group. CCAS is the shelter. There is a big difference. Also, even though it's just semantics, you adopt from a rescue group, but you rescue from a shelter. If you're working with a rescue group, the dog has already been rescued by them.