Is the dog housebroken?
Our dogs are kept in foster homes where they are treated as part of the family and put on a regular family schedule. However, when we rescue animals from high kill shelters, we often don't have any background information on them. As part of the adoption commitment, it's important to understand that, much like there is no perfect human, there is no perfect dog. Any adopted animal should be considered like a brand, new puppy i.e. you must invest the time and effort to start from scratch in dealing with: a) training b) housebreaking c)socializing and working through any challenges that may arise. If you are not able or willing to bring a new pet into your home under these conditions, you might not be ready to adopt.
Is this a purebred dog?
There are occasions when we rescue a "puppy mill" dog and can verify its lineage. On the other hand, we try our best to estimate mixed breeds since there are so many out there. When adopting, focus should be placed on the individual dog of interest, its inherent disposition, and overall temperament. There are many hybrid or exotic mixes out there, but our mission is to save their lives so breed is not a priority. If you are strictly looking for a purebred dog, you may contact a breed specific rescue or a reputable breeder.