Tips for choosing a pet from a shelter.
- Make sure all the dogs are up-to-date on their shots and vaccinations. Make an appointment at a vet before bringing home any animal, especially new ones. Not only does it ensure that the dog is healthy, but also that they have not been exposed to many diseases. If the dog has not been spayed or neutered, it may have unwanted puppies and you can have it de-sexed (spayed) if you wish.
- If possible, visit a dog several times in the shelter before bringing it home. This way, you can see how the dog behaves in various situations and whether it gets along with other animals and people. Is he a people dog, or does he prefer to be alone? Does he get along with other dogs? Depending on the situation at the shelter, you may not be able to do this, but if you can, it will show you more about your pet's personality. A dog hiding under a bed for days is probably not happy and would rather be at home with you.
- Take your time when choosing a pet from a shelter. While it is nice to know that you are saving a dog's life by adopting it, you still need to make sure that you will be able to take good care of it. The interest in a pet might fade away, so don't rush into the process. The dog will have to spend the rest of its life with you, so choose wisely and carefully.
- Make sure your lifestyle suits the dog's needs. Is he or she going to fit into your home? Is your current lifestyle one where a small cute lap dog would work best, or do you need an energetic dog who can keep up with active children? If you are looking for an active dog, look at sporting dogs that can run and swim with you. These dogs are usually very active and need an owner who is also involved.
Pros and cons of getting a dog from a shelter
- You know the dog has been cared for and loved by someone. He or she is highly likely to come with all vaccinations and be very healthy.
- If you adopt an older dog, you won't have to worry about paying for expensive surgeries since the pet will already be spayed/neutered, de-wormed and up-to-date on their shots.
- Your new pet will be free of the genetic problems many dogs encounter in reputable breeding facilities.
- You will know the dog's history and be able to contact his old owners if you need more information. After all, each one has a different personality, habits, and preferences.
- You are helping out the shelters and allowing them to continue doing what they have been doing for years to help dogs in need.
- Some shelters are not very organized. Some pets are left behind when their owners have to move, and others come from the wrong place. It is always better to know where your pet is coming from before deciding on adoption.
- You need to be ready for a dog who will make a massive change in your life. A small puppy can quickly become big, noisy, and destructive if you don't train him properly.
- Not all dogs have a good temperament; some may not even be housetrained or housebroken after being adopted from the shelter.
- The cost of owning a dog can quickly get out of hand if you do not do your research before adopting one or two dogs at a time.
Before you adopt a dog from a shelter, make sure you are ready for the challenge. The dog might need training or some tough love, but overall it will bring a lot of joy to your life. In addition to caring for each other, pet owners and dogs can have fun in many ways. Dogs are naturally affectionate with humans and enjoy being with them. They enjoy doing tricks and games and being given treats by their owners.