If your other half or your kids have been begging for a dog for Christmas, make sure you do your homework first.
Before you trust an animal rescue blindly, make sure it's registered 501(c)(3) charity in Virginia and up to date on inspections. Ask about vet care on the dogs they place. Ask about the dogs behavior history to see if it's ok with kids and other pets. And don't hesitate to ask them any question related to the adoption process.