The Dog Adoption ProcessAdopting a dog does not end and begin with picking your future best friend at an animal shelter or a rescue group. It's more than giving a homeless dog a home. There are plenty of things that go into the dog adoption process, which could define your long-term relationship with the dog you want to adopt.
Selection ProcessThis is purely according to your preferences. Dog owners, in general, have their hearts set for a specific type of dog or a specific breed when planning to adopt. Some have their eyes on purebreds, others are comfortable taking home mutts or mixed breeds. There are many, however, who don’t have a particular idea of what dog to adopt. As guide, there should be at least three characteristics that you should look for in a dog. First, are the things that you want in the dog you are to adopt. Second, are the things that you want but can definitely live without. And finally, the unacceptable characteristics that you don’t want your future dog to have.
For would-be owners who want to be very specific with the type of dog they would adopt, the following characteristics could help with identifying the best dog that would match their preferences:
- Breed – Purebred or mutt?
- Size – Big, midsize, small, or little?
- Activity level – High-energy or low-energy?
- Grooming and maintenance – High-maintenance or low-maintenance?
- Exercise needs – Plenty or not so much?
- Age – Puppies, adult or senior?
Source Of The DogThere are, in general, three places from where you can adopt a dog –
- from an animal shelter,
- from a breed-specific rescue group, and
- from general rescue group.
Applying For Dog AdoptionAlthough there are hundreds of dogs that need new homes, most organizations don’t allow their dogs to leave their facility without requiring you to undergo the formal process of adoption. The majority of rescue homes and animal shelters have policies that require you to apply for dog adoption. They do this to ensure that their dogs don’t end up in the wrong hands. Fortunately, it is not hard to get approved. During the application process, ask for the fees you have to pay. Most organizations charge in the neighborhood of $100 for their dogs. If they charge more, be suspicious.
Bringing The New Dog HomeYour long-term commitment with your new best friend begins once he steps into your door. The first few weeks after the adoption process are expected to be rough as the dog adjusts to his new environment. Once you have established a bond with the dog, you can gradually start training or preparing him for a life ahead that is shared with you.
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