Giving a dog a new and loving home is a great thing to do when so many unfortunate pets get abandoned and neglected. Adopting a dog and giving it the love and attention it deserves is a wonderful decision. Here are some things that may help you out.


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What Type of Lifestyle Do You Lead?

You will need to ask yourself a few questions before deciding which dog would be the right one for you. How often will you be at home with the dog? If you live alone and work away, a dog that requires a lot of attention would be out of the question. Dogs can be prone to separation anxiety and you need to consider how often there will be someone with the dog. Are you an active person? Some dogs require a lot of exercise and would benefit from living with someone that leads a very active lifestyle. If you are more of the stay at home type, perhaps a smaller breed of dog or an elderly dog might suit you better – the perfect companion for a short, leisurely stroll. Do you stay in a rented property? Be sure to get the all clear from your landlord before bringing any pets home!

Things to Ask About the Dog You are Adopting

If you are a family with kids or plan to have kids, it is very important that you know how well your potential dog behaves around kids. Unfortunately, animal neglect and cruelty still happen, and some shelter animals come from upsetting backgrounds. Whilst some animals face mistreatment from ignorance and neglect, some have had traumatic backgrounds from psychologically unkempt people. In fact, animal cruelty and violence against people are often linked. With animals coming from these kinds of situations, just like people, it can take a toll on their mental health. Some dogs can be anxious around noise and lots of people, and they may need special attention and care, or have particular problems that you will need to know about before taking them home. You should also be made aware of any medications they take or if they have dietary requirements such as allergies so that you can be well prepared with everything your dog will need.

What Experience Do You Have with Dogs?

Giving a loving home to a shelter dog is a great thing to do, but it is not a decision to take lightly. Having already been abandoned once, the last thing a dog needs is a change of heart and a trip back to the shelter. If you are not experienced with owning dogs yourself, try spending time with your friends’ or relatives’ dogs or perhaps volunteer at a shelter. Volunteering can be an enriching experience and is a beneficial use of your time if you decide you do not yet have the suitable home to adopt yourself. It is important that you fully understand the responsibility and effort that comes with looking after a dog and making sure that you can provide them with a suitable, caring home.

Adopting a shelter dog will make a positive difference to their life as well as yours. If you are ready for it, there are lots of dogs that would love to be adopted right away!






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