You want to adopt a dog or a cat? Great! “ADOPT, DON’T BUY” should be the motto and we are pleased with your decision to give a lovely home to a shelter animal.
However, it is important to note some things before the new family member arrives to your home.
Please read all the information in this article and take it to heart BEFORE you consider adopting a dog from us.
Here a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you really have enough time to spend with your new furry friend? Dogs are pack animals and need to be with their pack. A lonely dog is an unhappy dog.
- What kind of activities can I do with my dog? How can I fulfill his social/active needs? Every dog needs a job! A bored dog is an unhappy dog.
- Which dog is right for me and my life situation?
- What are the needs of the breed I chose?
- What about the age of the dog? What are the needs of this dog’s age?
- Should it be a large, small, active, calm, young, or old dog?
- Do you plan far enough into the future? A dog can live 15 years or more!
- Who is looking after the dog when you go on vacation or spontaneously get away?
- What if you are sick? Do you have a care option in case of emergency?
- Do all family members agree with introducing a new pet in the household?
It may be that your new four legged friend can’t do anything and still has to learn everything.
Are you ready? They have their own little personalities and their own learning rhythm and styles. Not all dogs can or want to learn tricks.
Some dogs have never lived in a house before. They are not housebroken, they chew on things or destroy them. Can you handle it and are you willing to work together with your four-legged friend on changing that behavior?
Some dogs experienced life in the big city and have to get used to be confined in a home. They need to learn how to deal with the household noises (hello vacuum), environment and people. Some dogs are not used to walking on a leash. Have you considered that? Can you live with a dog that needs to learn how to walk on a leash or a dog who hates the leash?
Some dogs experienced horrible abuse. They are scared, confused, lost their faith in humanity, are afraid of other dogs, cats, men, children, cars, etc. .. do you have enough time and patience to deal with that?
Most welfare animals despite their past, are rewarding companions, surprisingly social. IF you are good to them, give them the TIME to get used to everything. Give them LOVE and PATIENCE to get used to their new family and life.