Originally Posted by Notmuchlonger
Help me out here. I am ignorant of how the rescue places work. Are these older dogs? Can they still go to obedience school? My wife works with a lady who rescues kittens. Do they do something similar for puppy's?
In general, rescues through breed groups will be older dogs, but this is not always the case. As SarahSC mentioned, Petfinder is a good source of seeing what is available in your area - both older and younger dogs.
We foster for a local group. It provides our three (rescued) boys with some excitement, socializes the fostered dog, and gives us the joy of helping for the minor inconvenience of some of the things that Al mentioned. Puppies are available via rescue, and tend to adopt quicker than older dogs.
Yes, a rescue/mixed breed dog can (and should) go to obedience school. For new dog owners, this is really helpful - it is more for the owners than it is for the dogs. You will learn lots of training techniques. The rescue group we work with actually provides free training classes through a partner organization.