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Dog Adoption, Why Adopt? How to Adopt

  • Dog Adoption, Why Adopt? And How to Adopt


    Pet AdoptionA popular bumper sticker sold at pet stores pictures a happy dog and a human companion. The bumper sticker says, “Who rescued who?” The humor behind this message reveals a basic truth. The relationship between a dog and his companion is one of mutual benefit and joy. Dog adoption makes this win-win relationship even more special.  (MILO ON THE RIGHT) Was adopted


    Adoption is a wonderful way to help a dog, your community, and yourself. Unforeseen circumstances lead many dogs to shelters and humane societies. Their companion may have died or been forced to move to a residence that does not allow pets. Dogs are occasionally lost and permanently separated from their family. No matter what the reason, these dogs deserve a home. 

    Every happy dog companion knows the joy, affection, and warmth of having a dog in your life. When you are able to provide a dog with a home after he or she has been in a shelter, your sense of fulfillment will be especially rewarding. There is another great reason why to adopt a dog: According to the ASPCA, there is a 50 percent chance that you have saved a dog’s life when you adopt. 


    You will likely have in your city or town a number of groups or societies devoted to finding homes for dogs. Among the places to find dogs for adoption are open access shelters operated by local city and county governments. 

    There are also a variety of private humane societies. Some organizations devote themselves to the care and adoption of certain breeds. If you are interested in a greyhound, for example, there are groups dedicated to the breed. All of these organizations, whether private or public, will guide you through their particular requirements on how to adopt a dog.

    Another way to find a dog, especially if you wish to adopt a puppy, is through Pet Classified Advertising. There are also many online resources where you can adopt a puppy or learn about pets available for adoption.


    Bringing your new dog home will require a little planning. You should immediately provide your dog with an ID tag, including your phone number. You should discuss rules and responsibilities with every member of the household. Food and a few fun toys and rewards should be in place for your new dog’s homecoming. 

    You will also want to have your house ready for your new pet. You will probably establish a space where your dog will spend most of his time. From the very beginning, you will want to schedule regular times for feeding, toileting, and play and exercise. Training should begin from the moment you adopt your dog.

    Remember that it may take a little while – up to several weeks – before your dog is comfortable in his new environment. After this period, your dog’s personality will truly begin to emerge. 

    During your first few weeks together, limit the excitement level of your new dog's activities. For example, it might be a good idea for you to get to know each other a little better before venturing out to the bark park or to areas where you will encounter lots of strangers. Before long, your adopted dog will simply be a treasured member of the family. Read more about dogs and pets


  • Kayla Lew
    Kayla Lew We are thinking of adopting a new dog. After reading this I realize we have a bit to do. I think we will go to the local shelter to look first. We were going to buy a dog but I think we will adopt now.
    May 23, 2012
  • Moo Moo
    Moo Moo Bringing a new dog home sounds an awful look like bringing home a new baby. How sweet and great tips for people. We are actually looking into getting a new dog.
    May 24, 2012
  • tiddles junior
    tiddles junior I think I'd like to adopt a dog, but don't know if I could cope with any problems they may have. They are usually older dogs aren't they?
    May 28, 2012
  • Soothsayer
    Soothsayer I've never considered adopting but I can see how some people would. I think it would be difficult to have any more dogs than we already have but maybe in the future we may think about it.
    August 17, 2012

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