For a Happy and Healthy Dog Adoption!
Selecting the Best Match For Adoption
MAKE A LOVING & LIFELONG COMMITMENT
While it might seem obvious, prospective pet parents must realize that adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment. Every year thousands of pets are abandoned by owners who cannot or do not provide adequate care. Think carefully about where you plan to be in the next 10 to 15 years and make a decision you are prepared to stand by no matter what. Your pet will be eternally grateful.
CHOOSE A SHELTER OR RESCUE THAT TRULY CARES
A reputable adoption shelter or rescue offers adequate staffing, a clean environment and has a good standing in their respective community. Do the homework necessary to make sure you are working with an organization that has the pet and pet owner's best interests in mind. A great indication of the quality of the shelter is how they describe their dogs on their web site. If they describe them all the same way, they probably don't know the personalities of the dogs very well or are withholding information about their behavior.
PICK THE RIGHT POOCH FOR YOU
Dogs can vary widely in their behavior, health needs, training requirements, and day-to-day care. Some breeds are harder to train than others. Long-coated dogs can be quite beautiful, but require more grooming than short-coated ones. Very active dog breeds can develop behavioral issues if they don't get the daily exercise they need. Consider every aspect of your dog (e.g. gender, age, size) to better prepare yourself for a successful ownership.
ENSURE A HEALTHY HOUSEHOLD
Not all dog breeds are great with children. Some adapt better to smaller living spaces. Others demand more exercise and may require a fenced-in backyard to remain safe. Determine the role you want your pet to play in your home and pick the most appropriate breed for your particular family, living situation and lifestyle.
INVEST IN LOVE
The average cost of owning a dog can vary from $700-$3,000+ each year. Before adopting, make sure to consider the financial obligations of properly caring for a new family member. Keep in mind that these costs vary based on the type and size of your new pet. Food, veterinarian visits, and many other miscellaneous costs can quickly add up and should be allocated in your budget.
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A BAD QUESTION
The more you know about the dog you're adopting, the better prepared you'll be to properly care for it. When choosing your pet, ask a few questions to the workers at the shelter or rescue about the dog's behavior. For example, how does it get along with other dogs? Are there any foods it doesn't like? Is it used to walking on a leash? Answers to these kinds of questions will provide you with valuable insights into your newest family member's specific needs.