Clicking on this article means that you have decided to adopt your new furry friend from an animal shelter rather than buy a new puppy. Even though the latter is a personal choice, you will genuinely be saving an animal’s life when you choose to rehome one.
So, whether you have already reserved your furry soulmate or are still debating whether or not you can take on the commitment, continue reading to discover four important things to know before adopting a dog from the shelter.
1. Do Your Research
Most animal rescue centers are reputable, renowned, and registered centers that operate an entirely ethical and moral rehoming business. However, as ever in modern life, there are always less than ethical exceptions to the rule.
The main things to look for when choosing an animal rescue center include the following:
- They always conduct a home check before releasing the animal
- Their animals are fully vaccinated
- They offer support and guidance for the first few weeks of rehoming
- Their animals are either spayed or neutered
- They ask each prospective person about their lifestyle and personal circumstances
2. Raw Dog Food is Best
Another important thing to know when adopting a deserving dog from an animal shelter is that you should absolutely start as you mean to go on, and to ensure your dog hits the ground running, you should feed them raw dog food for every meal.
Obviously, dog treats, chews, and dental sticks are all absolutely fine to give your dog, especially when training them should you need to, but raw and wholly natural food for their meals is important.
3. Questions the Rescue Center Will Ask of You
Obviously, each individual animal rescue charity will have a different system when it comes to its rehoming process. Moreover, it is likely that the questions they ask potential applicants will vary depending on the species.
However, as a general rule, you can expect to be asked whether or not you have a garden and whether or not it is enclosed, as every dog, regardless of age and breed, needs access to the great outdoors daily.
You will also be asked about your working life, home circumstances, whether or not you have any children, if there are already one or more dogs in your home, or if you have any other pets.
4. Be Sure of What You Are Looking For
Finally, just as important as the animal rescue center needing to assess whether your home is suitable for an animal in their care, it is also essential for you to find the right dog for you.
Keep in mind that, for example, if you have accessibility issues that may prevent you from walking a long way each day, then an older dog who only needs shorter daily walks will be more appropriate.
Consider whether you are looking for a low-energy or higher-energy breed and whether your children are old enough to handle a smaller, more fragile dog. In addition to this, it is crucial that you think about the time you have to ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and comfortable in their new forever home.