Rescuing a dog gives them a second chance at life and gives you another best friend to love. There is a lot more to it then showing up at your local rescue and going home with a fur baby!
Although, choosing the right pup may be a difficult task, I've compiled a list of five important things you should consider when you are ready to adopt!
Do you have enough time to invest on a pet? Dogs require time to play with, train, walk, and feed. Having enough time is crucial – especially if you want the pup to adjust to your rules, your schedule, and your family.
Some pups may require plenty of exercise and space to run around in. Consider the size and breed of the dog you are adopting and analyze your living situation. Larger playful dogs will prefer having a backyard to run around in, while some smaller sedentary dogs may be better for smaller homes.
Bonding with your fur baby is one of the most rewarding experiences as a pet parent. It may be hard to fully understand a pup's behavior and personality at a rescue if it is loud and chaotic, causing the dog to be scared. Most rescues have an area where you can have some play time with the pup. Invest time with the dog and if you are looking for a family pet, bring your children a long to see how the dog interacts with them.
Having a pet adds another mouth to feed to the family. Budget before adopting a pup and think about expenses such as a quality food, hygienic care, veterinary care, and other pet necessities.
5. Talk to the Volunteers
One of your best resources at a rescue will be the people working there! Volunteers are the perfect people to go to for questions about the dog's behavior and habits. They volunteer there because they are passionate about animals and are willing to help you choose your new best friend!
Although adding a new family member may be daunting, when you connect with the right dog you will know! Being a pet parent is rewarding for you and your pup. I wish you luck finding your new best friend!