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Before You Adopt

10 Important Things To Consider Before Adopting Your Next Dog

Knowledge & Education is a crucial factor in keeping dogs & cats in forever homes, and that’s why our Pet Adoption checklist can be a valuable resource for those of you looking to adopt can be very helpful.  Don’t adopt a dog/cat on a ‘whim’ ~ are you going to be committed for the next 10-15 years of daily care & attention?



#1  Can You Commit Daily for the next 10-15 years?   

When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life,

no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child.

#2: Take time to consider your lifestyle, energy and living conditions & match your choice to suit

your lifestyle, exercise capabilities, hours/day you can spend with your pet, etc.

#3  Research Dog Breeds ~

A]  Some breeds are high stamina ~ requiring lots of exercise & can’t be left alone or

separation anxiety will develop that can lead to destruction.  Can you provide daily exercise needs?

B]  Other breeds are more independent and can be left alone for several hours, if you

have a heavy ‘away from home’ work schedule.

C]   Some breeds do well with children and other dogs/pets, others not so much.

#4:  Shedding?  Allergies?  Grooming Needs?  If you have allergies ~ there are close to 40 breeds, and numerous cross-breeds that shed very little, but may have high grooming needs.

#5:  Patience & Understanding: Your new adoption has had a rough go of it lately, instability,

no security………..be gentle, kind, patient & understanding.  It will take weeks before

they begin to truly adjust, understand and know what’s expected of them, your rules & lifestyle.


#6:  If you’re adopting a Dog or Cat for your kids, understand that the responsibility is yours.

Kids, by their nature, often tire of things that were once new and exciting, and this includes their pets…..chances are great that you will end up being the one who provides most of your dog or cat’s daily needs.

#7:  Getting a Dog or Cat for someone else?  Instead of giving a pet as a surprise gift, involve the ‘gift recipient’ in selecting a pet.    You can make the surprise be an adoption gift certificate in a gift-wrapped box instead.

#8:  Pet-Proof Your Home. 

#9:  Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a dog or cat where you live, especially if you rent or belong to a homeowners’ association.

#10:  Bring your new Pet home when you can spend 3-5 days, 24 hrs/day with them to help them acclimate, feel secure and have time to bond with you without moments of feeling ‘abandoned’ again.  Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years for cat). Your pet’s well-being will have to be considered in all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocating to a new home, adopting other pets, having children, etc.




The Difference Between

Rescue Organizations, Shelters & SPCA’s

 You’ve researched what type of dog or cat would be the best match for your lifestyle, read up on training, pet-proofed your home, even tossed around a few name ideas.

Your schedule for the next few weeks is open. You are ready to adopt a pet! You can see thousands of pets on Adopt-a-Pet.com from your local pet shelters, humane societies, and pet rescue organizations. But before you click on that irresistible furry face in the search results, do you know what is the best type of pet adoption organization for you?

While they vary tremendously from community to community, here’s some information about the different types of pet adoption organizations to help you know what to expect from each type. Informed adoption is a better experience for everyone.

Whether you adopt from a dog rescue, cat rescue, puppy rescue, dog shelter, cat shelter, animal rescue or animal shelter, you will be a homeless pet hero!





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