Important Questions to Consider
Before you search for the perfect pooch, take a look through these questions and consider the realities of adopting a dog. While adopting can be extremely rewarding, it is also a financial, emotional and long-term commitment that should be thought through before-hand.
Are you ready to adopt?
We cannot hold a dog for any period of time and have to prioritize adopters who are ready to adopt that day because the dogs have already been through so much upheaval. Make sure to have conversations with household members, prepare your home, and have dog food, food/water bowls, and a dog crate ready to go.
Why do you want to adopt?
This is a very important question. This animal may be with you for many years so it is good to consider the reasons you are looking to adopt.
Do you have the time for a dog?
If the dog is not able to be with you for most of the day, it is important to plan ahead for the costs and coordination of dog walkers and doggie daycare. Training classes are not only a fiscal commitment but a time commitment. Most classes run for 1 hour, 1 day a week for 6 weeks.
Can you afford a dog?
The costs of adopting a dog go far beyond the initial adoption fee. Food, toys, treats, licenses, training classes, pet rent, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, and veterinary costs are a financial commitment for any pet parent. Unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of adopting a dog.
What are your plans if you can no longer care for your dog?
Your dog will be completely dependent on you. Are there friends/family who could take over the care of the dog if your health or other factors made is impossible for you to continue to care for them?
Who will care for your animal while you are away?
If you travel for work or vacation do you have a boarding facility in mind or friend that you’ve pre-arranged to take them to?
Are you considering the right animal for your lifestyle and living arrangements?
Big or small, dogs need exercise regularly. Some dogs need more exercise than others but all dogs need to live active and social lives. We prioritize adopters that are either home during the day or have planned for doggie daycare/dog walkers.
Are you physically, fiscally, mentally, emotionally prepared to care for an animal for the rest of his/her life?
Adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment to the animal. This experience can be incredibly rewarding, but responsibility and patience are key factors in committing to the care of an animal.