So You Want To Adopt A Dog?
- By Rebecca Prescott
Adopting a dog from a Humane Society, or a private
shelter, can be a great gift to the dogs fighting for
survival on the streets, abandoned by owners, or
mistreated before they were rescued. However, this
should not be done naively, or with the heart alone.
Any new purchase of a dog needs to be done carefully,
and not on impulse. There is nothing worse, for the
family or the dog, to take a dog into your care and
then discover that problems arise which you are
unable to handle. This ultimately contributes to the
sad fate of abandoned dogs.
There are many factors to consider when thinking
about getting a new pet. There are the ongoing costs
of food, vet bills from routine operations like
desexing and minor illnesses or mishaps, as well as
the time and money involved in training dogs.
Depending on your experience with dogs, you may need
to take your dog along to an obedience school. Dogs
need to be trained so that they know how to behave
around people, to prevent any biting or aggressive
behaviour around neighbors or small children, and to
establish a harmonious and understanding relationship
with their owners. Many of the reasons people abandon
dogs and other pets can be avoided if they take the
time to train their dog, and understand where the
behaviours that exasperate come from - and what to do
about them. That is responsible dog ownership.
One of the advantages of adopting a dog from a
shelter or humane society is that the animal will
usually be desexed. Despite some lingering mythology
around the subject, desexing does not psychologically
or developmentally harm the dog in any way. That is a
projection of a human response onto an animal of a
completely different species.
Some private dog shelters have a 'No Kill' policy.
This means that unlike many others that euthanase a
dog if they are not rehomed within a certain period
of time, these shelters place dogs in foster homes
until a new owner is found. The advantage of adopting
a dog from one of these places is that the
temperament of the dog will be more well known. Plus,
many of the behavioral issues that can come from the
trauma of being abandoned, or being abused, are
healed in a loving environment by the foster carer
before the dog is available for adoption. Things like
how well a dog interacts with other dogs will
generally be known, which is essential if you have a
No Kill shelters also rehabilitate very sick or
malnourished dogs before they are put up for
adoption. Most shelters and humane societies check a
dog's health before letting them get adopted, so you
at least know what you are getting in to. They can
also provide advice on whether a dog is suitable for
a more experienced dog owner, whether a dog is
suitable for a family, and can provide tips on how to
smoothly integrate a dog into a new household.
To decide to adopt a dog is a very noble thing to do,
especially given the huge number of unwanted dogs in
the world. As well as that, by adopting a dog from a
shelter, you're actually helping that shelter help
other animals. Whilst these dogs are not free, the
charge is nominal, and generally covers health care
costs for the dog. Many dogs may be given away free
'to a good home', but going this path is risky. You
won't know if the dog has a serious or contagious
illness, which can be a disaster if you have other
pets. Plus, you won't get unbiased advice on that
dog's temperament, or history. Many times these
owners really just want to get rid of the dogs in
their care, and not all are scrupulous about to whom
they give the dogs to.
Rebecca Prescott has information on dog breeds here. This
includes bichon frise dogs and beagles.
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