Making the decision to adopt a dog into your family is an exciting time. You can look forward to love, cuddles and a devoted walking buddy. However, there are things to know before adopting a dog which not everyone considers:
Adopting an animal from a shelter is a wonderful decision, but we rather urge you to make the best-informed choice for you and your family.
The right pet for you means taking into consideration more than merely if the dog comes from a registered breeder or a shelter. Before you head out and fall in love with the first puppy that licks your hand, look here and answer the following questions truthfully:
· Can I afford food, basic necessities and veterinary care?
· Do I want a puppy or an older dog?
· Do I have the time, inclination and funds for a dog requiring grooming?
· Do I have the time to take care of a dog?
· Is someone at home enough of the day for a dog?
· What size of dog would best fit with our home?
· Are we looking for a high energy or low energy dog?
· Do I have time for training?
· Do I have the understanding required for a dog that has been through trauma?
· Is my home life stable and secure?
· Am I looking for a dog that is good with small children?
· Would I like a dog that is already spayed or neutered?
About 3.1 million dogs enter American animal shelters annually. Of these, approximately 390,000 are euthanized. Thankfully, this number is declining with the increased knowledge surrounding the animal adoption process. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and data from Shelter Animals Count, about two million dogs are adopted annually.
Ensuring a dog is able to live a long and happy life is certainly a good motivation to adopt, but it is far from the only reason. A dog can provide years of companionship, love, devotion and security. Although shelters find homes for puppies, older dogs are typically more challenging to find forever homes. An older dog is an excellent option if:
· You don’t want to deal with housetraining
· You would prefer a dog that has gone through the furniture chewing stage
· You are looking for a less energetic dog
· You would like to ensure what the dog’s full size will be
· You would like a better judge of their character
Adopting a dog should be a lifelong commitment. However, sometimes circumstances are out of our control such as a death in the family or an unforeseen house move. In this case, websites like Rehome allow you to set up a pet profile and review potential adopters. Meeting the adopters and knowing that your dog is going to a loving home may ease the process.
It might take your new dog time to adjust to their new surroundings and trust that you are committed to being their forever family. However, with patience, love, attention and care, we are confident that you can make a significant impact on the life of the dog you’ve chosen to adopt.