The Queenie Foundation makes the following suggestions if you want to adopt a companion dog or cat: Review the rescues in your area at www.petfinder.com www.adoptapet.com www.pets911.com You can search by species and then by breed, gender, age and zip code. You can do an extended area search to get the best results. Credible rescues will require a vet and home check. They will call your vet to make sure that your current or previous animal(s) has/have been vaccinated and cared for. They will come to your home to make sure you live where you say you live and that your home is animal friendly and that everyone in your home is a good match for the animal you want to adopt. Also, if you live in an apartment, they will ask to review your lease to make sure that your complex is animal friendly or will request a letter from the complex manager stating that the complex is animal friendly. Contact The Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org) to get information on finding animal friendly apartment complexes in your area. When adopting, make sure the animal has already been spayed or neutered. It should be included in your adoption fee, which is a tax deduction; the adoption organization should be a non-profit 501 (c) (3). Dogs and cats should have their rabies vaccination, by law. Several states have relaxed the rabies requirement to every three years. Check with your vet. Dogs should have their distemper, parvo and bordatella (for kennel cough) plus if over six months, checked for heartworms. Cats should have a feline leukemia test and shots with a booster every year. Animals should have a full series of parvo/distemper (dogs/cats) by three months and feline leukemia (cats) by three months. Please do not buy a puppy from a pet store as most of them get their puppies from puppy mills - dog breeding farms where the dogs usually live outside in dirty cages, are sometimes inbred and do not receive the care and love that dogs deserve. You can contact The Queenie Foundation if you have questions about any of the information on this website at 860.649.4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In Memory: Our beautiful girl Heidy was adopted and returned three times for a behavior issue. She dominated the dogs she lived with in her foster home and dominated the people who adopted her. In November 2006, we made the decision to humanely euthanize her after she started a fight (one of several) with Baby. We miss our beautiful girl, but know that she is no longer anxious and serenely at play.