Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adopting a Pet

My most recent obsession (see last Friday's post) of visiting doggie shelters & shelter websites actually manifested into adopting a dog. The whole experience was relatively painless except for the part where I was struck with pain at the sight of this...



Doggie shelter visits aren't all pretty puppies and happy volunteers. The sad reality is that there is an overwhelming amount of dogs in need of homes (especially pit bull breeds). There is a very real problem with overpopulation  of domesticated canines in this country. The saddest reality is the fate of countless doggies that don't get adopted.


If you've ever considered adopting a doggie from a shelter (which is noble and necessary) there are key factors to consider. However, more than anything, there's something wonderful about giving an unwanted, stray or voluntarily surrendered pooch a home.

A few things to consider when planning to adopt a dog (though much is relevant to adopting cats and kittens, too):


  • Will a new pet fit your current lifestyle?
  • What are your current living arrangements, available living space for a new dog, work/life schedule, and other spouse and children considerations (are they open to a new pet?)
  • Will you have the time and money to raise and train a new pet? This is especially true when deciding to take on a rambunctious puppy. The time investment also involves reading the books, taking the classes and getting your home pet-ready & pet-friendly. This also means a dog will change your home's dynamic. Ready to schedule regular walks, vet appointments, etc. etc.?
  • As you become open to adoption, consider your potential dog's breed, age and temperament preferences. Read up on these and discuss with all family members. 

For my family the decision was always to one day have a big dog. A Labrador Retriever was our first choice. We knew we wanted to raise one as a pal to our three children. I figured a middle-aged Lab would work great, but when we spotted a listing for a puppy at a local shelter my son and I jumped at the challenge of adopting him. For me personally, I liked the idea of having a puppy around our small children its entire life to ensure it was truly good with them. After convincing the husband, we adopted a puppy. The paperwork to adopt at a local shelter took no more than 10 mins to complete, cost came to around $100 and cost includes pet vaccines, mandatory microchipping and neuter/spaying services come standard. Not all dogs go home instantly from shelters but the turn over isn't usually more than a few days. We waited 24 hours to bring home this beauty...
Meet our new family member: BillyJean - Chocolate Labrador, 8 weeks old.

Have you ever considered pet adoption ?

2 comments:

  1. Oh Irene he is adorable! Make sure to look into puppy socialization/training classes (preferably one ran by a veterinarian) while he is still young. Congrats and call if you ever have any questions!

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  2. So happy to read that you gave this little puppy a chance. I am a dog lover myself and I could not be happier to read that you adopted from a shelter.

    Loved the story....

    Kelly

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