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Rescuing a Dog

October 9, 2014

Adopting a dog is a decision that should be made after putting a lot of thought into it. A dog isn’t something you can buy one day and throw away the next. Adoption is a long-term decision. It’s like deciding if you should have children or not. You have to make the decision that’s most suitable for you and your lifestyle.
Often, people adopt dogs without thinking twice about it. They rush into adoption because the dog is cute instead of considering whether or not it is the right fit for them. A lot of the time when people do this, they end up returning the dog to the shelter or rescue. Every return is another black mark added to that’s dog’s record, suggesting that the dog is un-adoptable. The more black marks a dog has, the more likely it is to be euthanized.

Before selecting the breed of dog you’d like to adopt, you need to evaluate your energy level. Do you wake up early every morning to go on jogs and hikes, or do you spend more time at home in bed or on the computer? If your level of energy doesn’t match the dogs, there is going to be conflict and make for a not-so-happy dog/owner combination. In turn, if you do your research and find a breed of dog whose energy matches your own, you’re going to be looking at a very healthy dog/owner relationship.


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When you make your way to the rescue or shelter with a breed in mind, don’t be afraid to ask the staff about the particular dog you’re interested in. Most staff members are really dedicated to helping each dog find their perfect permanent home, so they’ll most likely give you the right information. Ask how the dog interacts with other dogs or cats, how they are around children, or any other question that might be of concern to you.
After finding a dog that is seemingly fit for you and your lifestyle, ask to take the dog on a walk. It’s kind of like a test-drive. This will allow you to see how the dog truly acts and responds after being able to drain their pent-up energy from being in a cage.

Be sure that you’re adopting the dog for the right reasons – not because you think it’s cute or you feel bad for it for sitting in a shelter. Chances are, if you do this, that same dog is going to end up sitting in a shelter again. In the end, taking the time to carefully choose a dog will be what’s best for you and your new pup.






Once you get your new companion be sure to get them a collar and id tag so if they ever get out and lose their way, they have a better chance of making it back home to your loving arms!

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