There are so many dogs in animal shelters around the world looking for their forever homes, including both puppies and older dogs. These adorable dogs may have ended up in a rescue center because they had a difficult start in life or because their previous owners may no longer be able to care for them. One thing is for sure, however, rescue dogs just need someone to offer them lots of love and understanding. If you think you could provide a warm and happy home for a rescue dog or puppy, read on and we’ll answer all of your questions, including dog adoption and finding a rescue center.
Should I adopt a dog or a puppy?
Adopting a dog or puppy from a rescue center can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you support the work of a non-profit organization, but you also give an unwanted puppy a second chance. When considering dog adoption, you need to decide whether you want time for a bouncy puppy or a calmer, older dog instead. Puppies are going to take a lot of dedication like training, tidying up, disciplining, and a lot of attention to give them everything they need. Because of this, it is not a good idea to consider a puppy if you work late hours or if there is no one to look after him during the day. On the flip side, when you adopt an older dog, they already have an established routine, some level of training, and are generally just more responsible.
Find a friend for life
If you are unsure which type of dog will best suit your lifestyle, home, and family, your local dog adoption center can help. If you have expressed an interest in rescuing a dog or puppy, Dog Rescue will usually provide you with a questionnaire that you must complete to better understand your current circumstances. You can then recommend a suitable dog for you. They are well versed in making good matches for people and pets. So you can be sure that they can help you find a friend for life. In addition, leading charities can offer you the lifetime support. So if you ever have problems with your dog, most rescue centers are ready to help. If your circumstances ever change, most will welcome their dogs back too.
Things to Consider When Adopting a Dog
The decision to get a new dog is always exciting, but there are many considerations to consider as well.
- In some sad circumstances, dogs end up in rehab centers due to neglect or abuse. Some may come with some luggage, but the staff are always honest about a dog’s needs: make sure you can handle the obligation when adopting a dog with a tough history.
- If you live in rented accommodation, check with your landlord in advance whether you can have a dog in the accommodation.
- If you already have dogs, introducing a rescue animal should be done with caution.
- Once a dog has been used for breeding or showing, it may have learned certain behaviors that you need to help it adapt.
- It can take time and effort to accommodate and bond a rescue dog in your home. So be patient.
- Dogs need a lot of space inside and out. Make sure you have enough room in your living conditions before rescuing a dog.
- You will also need enough space on your schedule. Dogs require daily walks and interaction: Make sure you have enough time to devote to their behavioral, social, and physical needs.
- The adoption of a dog has costs. In addition to the adoption fees, which vary by rehoming center, you also need to think about the long-term cost implications of a puppy. Consider pet insurance, potential veterinarian bills, and routine treatments, groceries, grooming, supplies, toys, and kennel bills when you are on vacation.
There is a wide variety of dog breeds available at adoption centers, from West Highland Terriers to Huskies. You never know what you are going to get! While there are many more mixed breeds out there, just because a puppy doesn’t have a pure bloodline doesn’t make them any less of a worthy companion!
How to adopt a dog
The first step in considering how to adopt a dog is to find a dog adoption center. There are hundreds of options available online or locally. Finding one that is relatively local to you is a good idea as some centers will require multiple visits to ensure that you are a good fit with your selected pup.
Once you’ve found your perfect puppy, you’ll need to fill out an application form that includes information about you, your family, and your living conditions. In this way, they can judge whether the dog is right for you. After that, you can expect a phone call or email from the adoption center, where they will make an appointment for you to finally meet your potential pup. Once you get there, you can meet and interact with them. Typically, you can also visit and interact with a variety of other dogs to make sure your choice is the right one.
One thing to keep in mind is that some centers are happy to make a home visit before officially rescuing a dog, to make sure it is in a suitable environment. If you already have pets, they may also want to see if the dog can get along with them.
Find out more about rehoming centers in your area Dog trust, The blue cross, The RSPCA in England and Scotland, Battersea Dog and Cat Home, and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The first encounter
We are all guilty of letting our hearts run our heads. You might see a cute little ball of fluff at your local rescue center and instantly fall in love, but when you get home you may find that your personalities are incompatible. Because of this, the first time you meet your potential pup, be sure to send a list of questions to the staff. The following questions are a good place to start:
- Was the dog adequately socialized as a puppy?
- How old are they?
- Do you have any special needs that I need to consider?
- How long have you been in the rescue center?
- Do you have any information about your life in front of the center?
- What level of training did they have?
These questions are just a starting point, but before you visit, be sure to sit down and make a list of all the things you need to know. Also, think about desirable/undesirable traits for a dog, as this will ensure the match between your and your adopted dog is right the first time and reduce the risk of them having to be returned.
Does it cost money to adopt a dog?
Most dog adoption centers charge an adoption fee that varies from center to center. Usually, this helps with the cost of your dog’s stay at the rescue center, and the small fee ensures that he can continue to help other animals. The initial adoption fee usually also covers your dog’s vaccinations, their neutering or neutering procedures – if old enough – as well as a full veterinary exam.
How do I save a stray dog?
The first thing you should do before rescuing a stray dog is to make sure that they are homeless. Ask people around if they recognize the dog and post online if it has been lost. You should also see a veterinarian see if the dog has a microchip. Once you’ve determined the dog is definitely homeless, take him to a veterinarian for a full exam and microchip before moving him into your home.
How long does it take to rescue a dog?
The process varies between cases. If you adopt a scared or nervous dog with a difficult past, you will need to visit the center several times for him to get used to you. It also depends on whether a home check is also required for the center as it lengthens the process. This is our guide to adopting a dog! When you’re ready to welcome a new dog into your home, take a look at our guide.