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Adopting a dog from a shelter – what to know

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Adopting a dog from a shelter will require appropriate preparation from you. First, ensure you are ready to take care of the dog. The adoption process consists of several steps during which you have the opportunity to socialize and create a relationship with your new pet.

Before adopting a dog, the shelter staff will conduct a detailed interview to ensure that you will be a good guardian for the pet. Then, before you take your pet to your home, you will have several familiarization meetings with the dog. That is important because it allows you to bond with your new dog.

What you will learn from this article:

Before adopting a dog from the shelter, employees will conduct a detailed interview with you

Before you take the dog home, there will be meetings with the quadruped

Before you get a dog, make sure that you will be able to take care of the dog

Adopting a dog from a shelter

Adopting a dog from a shelter is a beautiful thing, and first of all, I would like to congratulate you on making such a decision. However, there is no denying that this is a painful and demanding process, which is why it is so important to prepare for it thoroughly.

What is adopting a dog from a shelter, and what is worth knowing about it? I will try to bring you closer to the whole process and suggest what is worth paying attention to when deciding to adopt a pet.

The procedures for caring for a dog from a shelter are more complicated and complex than buying a pet from a kennel. I think you should be aware of this from the outset. I hope, however, that this will not discourage you from making this very noble decision.

What you need to know before adopting a dog from a shelter

Before you adopt a dog from a shelter, I want to tell you a few essential things you must know. That is very important because, unfortunately, there are situations when adopted dogs return to the shelter after some time.

I don’t think I need to tell you what a terrible experience it is for a dog like that. He hopes that after staying at the shelter, he managed to find a loving family. However, he unexpectedly comes there back, feeling unloved and abandoned. For me, such behaviour is unimaginable, but unfortunately, such cases do occur.

That’s why I hope that by showing you what the process of adopting a dog and the relationship with a pet from a shelter looks like, I will be able to prevent such a situation in at least a few cases. I have high hopes for this.

a dog with his guardian in the city

Support from other household members

You must have extra support when you take a dog from a shelter into your care. Most adopted dogs have had difficult experiences. Therefore, initially, it may not be easy for them to acclimate to a new home and understand that they will be safe and loved from now on.

Supporting other household members on this common path is helpful in such situations. A dog, after going through will require a lot of patience, which is entirely normal in this situation—having someone close by your side will be beneficial.

Financial opportunities and dog adoption

When adopting a dog, you must remember that from now on, you are responsible for its health. There is no denying that visits to the vet can be costly. Therefore, in your budget for a layette for a dog, you should set aside a part for medical consultations.

That is especially important right after adopting a dog. Of course, the shelter employees try to take care of the health of their dogs. However, unfortunately, dogs that are already sick and require additional medical care are often sent there. Therefore, if you decide to get such a dog, remember that now your role will be to take care of its health.

Providing the right conditions for the dog

Before you take a dog under your care, consider whether your house or apartment will be the right place for a new quadruped. I don’t mean that only a house with a garden is an excellent place to raise a dog.

However, if you have a large family, other quadrupeds, and you live in a reasonably small area, then think about whether the new dog will feel good with you. A dog from a shelter, especially in the initial moments, will need a bit of its own space, as well as peace and quiet.

Attitude towards life

Taking care of a dog is a huge responsibility. When you take a dog to your family, you must remember about daily walks, regardless of the weather outside the window. If you belong to a group of people who will never leave the house during rain or very low temperatures, then think about whether you can break through to going out with your dog every day.

The same applies to the time you spend away from home. If you are the soul of the party, you cannot imagine returning home immediately after work without going out with your friends, then perhaps taking a dog will not be a good decision for you. Think about this.

Dogs cannot spend lonely days at home waiting for their beloved guardian to return. They belong to the group of herd animals, and they feel bad staying for a long time without anyone next to them.

Formalities necessary to adopt a dog from a shelter

Employees of animal shelters try their best to ensure that their charges go into good hands to a loving families. Therefore, adopting a dog is a long process; no one will give you a dog without knowing anything about you.

A visit to a dog shelter

The first step in the dog adoption process is choosing a shelter. Because taking care of a quadruped will require several visits to this place, I recommend selecting a location that you will be relatively close to.

An acquaintance visit to the shelter is to determine if you are the right person to take care of a dog at all. Shelter staff will conduct a detailed interview with you. They will ask about your housing situation, work, and other members of your family. Your previous experience in caring for pets is also a significant issue.

Based on this interview, employees assess whether they decide to allow you to adopt a dog. Such a meeting is crucial because, unfortunately, as you probably know, not everyone is a good guardian for quadrupeds. There are situations when adopted dogs end up back in the shelter.

First meeting with the dog

If the employees of the shelter, based on the interview, decide that you will be a good guardian for the quadruped, you can move on to the next, a no less important stage of adoption. Namely, it is the choice of a dog you will take home with you.

That is a critical decision, so please pay attention to the tips I prepared for you at the beginning of this post. It would help if you were fully convinced of your choice’s rightness when you take a dog under your care.

After you decide which dog you would like to take under your care, the shelter staff will express their opinion on the rightness of your choice. If there are no contraindications, it’s time to socialize with your dog.

Before your pet can go home with you, there must be several familiarization meetings. That is important because you must remember that shelter dogs are primarily terrified. They need time to trust someone.

During such meetings, you can take your dog for a walk nearby. The pet will get to know your scent, personality, and way of being.

However, do not expect the dog to greet you with great enthusiasm and joy from the very first moment. The situation that put him in the shelter was challenging and unpleasant. He will not be able to trust you from the first meeting fully. You must be patient and not give up.

a dog on the blanket

Additional formalities

What else do you need to remember when preparing to adopt a dog from a shelter? Staff may want to personally inspect your housing to assess whether it is a suitable place for a dog. That is a standard and common procedure.

The content of the contract you will have to sign depends on the shelter. Each facility may have slightly different provisions in it. Usually, when you take a dog from a shelter, you may be asked to pay for its vaccinations or deworming.

All about shelter dogs

Adopting a dog from a shelter will require you to meet the requirements and complete certain formalities. However, I think this effort is worth the friendship that awaits you with this quadruped.

Do you have a dog from a shelter under your care, or are you considering adoption? Be sure to let me know in the comment below.

If you have any questions or want me to touch on a topic in the next post, share it with me in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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