The Oregon Humane Society maintains good relations with many pure breed and mixed breed dog rescue groups. These groups are usually organized by people with in-depth knowledge of a specific breed. OHS also advocates that you adopt a pet from a rescue group rather than going to a breeder.
Rescue groups keep animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. In some cases, breed rescues only work with animal shelters and may not accept pets directly from owners.
To locate a rescue group, visit these websites and view their listings:
Be sure to find out as much as you can about the rescue group, and always carefully screen a breed rescue organization before relinquishing your pet. You should make sure the current animal residents appear well cared for, that the group screens potential adopters, and that the group offers post-adoption support services. Do not be afraid to ask questions.