I had wanted a dog forever, and was finally in the position to get one. I had just moved out of my tiny apartment and finished a semester of veterinary school; my new place was now big enough and I knew I could handle the stresses of vet school with the added responsibility of a dog.
After making this decision, I wanted my new dog as soon as humanly possible. Visiting shelters and applying for dogs at rescues in my state was a much longer process than I realized (although part of this was probably that my landlords only ok-ed a small dog and I wanted a less than one year old pup). Even though I got approved for adoption at multiple places there were some questions about whether I would "match” with a lot of the available dogs as a young first-time pet owner.
After four months of looking here, I turned to out-of-state rescues. I found the perfect pup on Petfinder through peacelovedogs, sent in my application, and received an email back from Melissa saying that she thought I could be a great match for Peanut (now Gryffindog).
I will admit I was a little nervous not being able to meet my pup before adopting him. However, Melissa quickly sent me the medical records and gave me Gryff’s foster mom’s number so I could learn more about him.
I talked to his foster multiple times and received videos and photos of Gryff throughout that week. Even though I was far away, I got to know the dog I was about to adopt and I knew I was making the right decision.
Gryffindog has changed my life. He is the reason I am excited to get home after class and is the best study buddy. peacelovedogs is a trustworthy, transparent rescue that made out-of-state adoption possible (and easy!) for me. I will be looking to them the next time I want to adopt.