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I got my dog through the Washington Humane Society. The volunteers there asked me a lot about what I was looking for and my life.  They steered me away from a couple dogs.  I actually got my current dog because the family that wanted him before me had a cat and they had already determined that he wasn’t good with cats.  My impression of WHS was that they were good about temperment testing the dogs and testing them with cats and kids.  This was 10 years ago, so things may have changed, but I had a good experience with them.