Adopting a new dog or puppy is an exciting and sometimes scary endeavor. But we are going to take some of the scary out of the equation by walking through some of the biggest barriers to adoption. Then we’ll get you and your family to find the just right dog for your home.
Shelter pets can seem like a gamble, but they’re actually a great way to add a new member to your home. The problem is that there is lots of misinformation circulating around pet adoption. A common assumption is that all pets that are brought into a shelter must have something wrong with them. This is simply not true.
In fact, the main reasons why pets are given up include owners moving to housing that don’t allow pets. Owners have personal problems. There is no room for littermates. Owners can no longer afford the pet. Owners no longer have time for the pet. Many of these reasons have nothing to do with pets themselves. Working with the shelter staff or volunteers can be a great way to figure out the best match for you and your home.
If you’ve already decided adoption is the right route for you, let’s talk about what to expect when you arrive at the shelter. To help ensure that their pets are matched with responsible, appropriate owners, shelters often have a screening process in place. You may be asked to attend an interview, fill out an application, and or sign a contact. They may also require a home visit, reference from your vet, and possibly other requirements.
This screening process benefits both the pet and the potential adopter. It helps increase the likelihood that you’ll go home with a pet that’s right for your family, one that fits your lifestyle. At the shelter you will have the opportunity to walk through the dog kennel area to see you if you are interested in any of the dogs. If one of the dogs catches your attention, a staff member or a volunteer will bring the dog into you and separate visitors’ room so that you can have some private time with it. Here you can have your family meet and interact with the dog to see if it is a good fit for your family. Shelters also highly encourage you to bring any other family pets if appropriate, so you can ensure that they get along well with your potential pet.
In addition to selecting and bringing home your new dog, you are going to need a number of dog products in order to feed and care for your new pet. It may be a good idea to wait until you select your new pet before you begin shopping for supplies. For example, some items such as food and water bowls or collars and harnesses depend on the size of the pet you will be adopting. Also, be sure to find out which food your pet is eating on the shelter or foster home so that you can provide the same in the beginning to ease the transition. After the pet has settled in, talk to your veterinarian about switching to a high nutrition dog food that is right for its age and size. It is really important to buy the right dog supplies for your new member.
A shelter dog can make a wonderful companion for you and a welcome addition to your home. By taking the time to do your research, and with a little patience, you’ll find just the right dog for you.