I wanted to find out how everyone else feels about pet adoption and how picky some of the shelters can be when offering up pets for adoption. My current son (in my avatar) is actually my wife's dog. He is her first dog, and seeing as she personally doesn't believe in neutering him odds are that he will have his manly parts intact for his entire life unless they should be causing him some kind of life threatening problem (cancer, etc ::knocks on wood:: ) I personally love big dogs, so as we are discussing getting a 2nd dog for him to play with I am pushing my own agenda of wanting to adopt a German Shepherd because I have a great respect for the breed and I think they are a beautiful, docile breed. I actually like Rotts and pitts just as much, but I can understand why my wife would veto those breeds. I could care less if it is a mix as long as its dominant traits are GS. The problem that I am running into is that all of the dogs I am finding that I like belong to shelters that WILL NOT send a dog home with a family that has "unaltered" pets. WTF is up with this? I have no problems getting the new dog spayed/neutered. I sympathize with the current number of pets who need good homes and would actually prefer to adopt an older (3-5 year old) dog as opposed to dealing with another puppy but apparently I am not allowed to get one unless my wife compromises her personal beliefs and gets our schnauzer neutered. I feel like the dogs should be allowed to go the best home, meaning that since I have a large fenced in yard big enough for several large breed dogs to run and play I would get preference over someone with a fixed pet that lives in an apartment and wants the same shepherd that I want. How do you guys and gals feel about shelters putting these kinds of requirements in place? Shouldn't the dog be allowed to go to the best home for it?