According to ASPCA, almost 3.9 million dogs end up in the shelters and half of them never find a home. Divorce, death of the owner or a catastrophe can leave dogs homeless. Canines, especially the middle-aged ones can face a lot of difficulty while acclimatising with the shelter’s environment. It will melt your heart that in some shelters, older dogs are often killed. But, you can save a life if you just adopt one of those poor homeless souls. It will not only give you a loyal friend, but also make you a better person. So, be the savior! Here is what you need to know before adopting a dog from the shelter.
If you have decided to add a new member to your family, then there are few things you need to consider.
Before bringing a rescue dog to your home, assess whether your kids are old enough to handle a dog. If your kids are below 5-years, then it will be not be a good idea to bring a toy dog or a puppy to your home as they are more prone to biting and their teeth can hurt your kids. Make sure that no one in your family is allergic to pet dander. You should also consider whether you can devote enough time to your pet. Before you adopt a pet, decide who in your family will be the primary care giver as rescue dogs need special attention.
You will find a wide selection of dogs at the shelters. But finding the right one for you is not as easy as it seems. You cannot pick any dog and bring it home from the shelter. It must match your energy so that it can perfectly fit into your family. When it comes to breed, you can find lots of purebred dogs in the shelters. Spaniel, Blue Terrier, Bichon Frise, Pug, GSD and Labrador are the best breeds for adoption. Mixed breeds can also make great pets as they are believed to be healthier and smarter than the purebreds.
Although there is no specific dog adoption expert, you can simply talk to the shelter staffs and ask them about which dogs are the best-behaved ones and which they like the most. No one knows the sheltered dogs better than the staffs as they handle them all the time.
Most people often reject black dogs and adopt the ones with light and smooth coat. But black dogs can be equally loyal as a companion like the other lighter colored pooches and they also need homes and care. So, think about adopting a black pooch.
Abandoned dogs from the disaster areas need special care and a home. So, contact the shelters and ask them to transport the dogs from disaster areas. You might have to pay some extra fees for this. But never mind, you are saving a life, after all!
You can simply go online to find your next pet. Websites like Petfinder, Adopt A Pet, Animal Adoption Center and Rescue Dogs Europe are some of the best places from where you can adopt a dog. Organizations like ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and Humane Society of New York will also help you find your best canine companion.