Before adopting a rescue dog, it is critical that you determine what it is you are looking for out of the experience. Are you an experienced dog owner who is looking for a challenge and wanting to rehabilitate a dog who came from an abusive situation? Or are you looking for a great family pet and want a dog that is as “plug and play” as you can get?
It is important that you are honest with yourself about your level of commitment and expertise before adopting an animal. Too often, people adopt a dog because they feel sorry for it, not realizing that if they are not experienced in dog rehabilitation, the dog will never improve and will be condemned to a life of fear and anxiety. For dogs who have escaped bad situations such as physical abuse, neglect, or puppy mills, love is not enough. These dogs need leadership and patience, stability and confidence, and time to heal at their own pace. There is nothing wrong with wanting a dog that is carefree.
Be sure to indicate on your adoption form what it is you are hoping for so that we can make the best possible match for you and your situation.
Determine You’re Ready and Able
It’s important to assess whether or not you are ready to own a dog. Being ready and able means you are both ready to make a life-long commitment to owning and caring for a dog and are able to provide him with a quality life. You should ask yourself questions such as:
- Do I (and my family, if applicable) want to commit the time and energy necessary to owning a dog?
- If I decide to have children, will it affect my decision to own a dog and make him part of the family?
- Is my home suitable to house a dog?
- Can I afford dog food, dog accessories (bed, blanket, crate, leash, etc.) and medical expenses?
- Will I have time to provide exercise and socialization for the dog?
- Will I be committed to dog obedience training?
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please talk to one of our knowledgeable volunteers.