The Road Home

Pave the way to a successful adoption with these tips.

While it may be hip to rescue a dog — everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Jennifer Aniston has gone the adoption route with their latest canine additions — the truth is it’s just common sense. There are millions of homeless dogs waiting in shelters and foster homes. If you have room in your home and the dedication it takes to adopt, you’ll be giving a needy dog a renewed lease on life.

“Millions of dogs — great dogs — are dying in shelters for lack of a home,” says Brenda B., cofounder of, an adoption site dedicated to dogs on death row at municipal shelters.

Here are 40 tips for finding, adopting, and integrating a rescue dog into your household.

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