What Should I Consider Before Adopting a Rescue Dog?

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to buying or adopting a dog. Regardless of whether you have owned a dog before or if this is your first time you need to be sure that you are ready for this commitment. Owning a pet means that you are fully responsible for their health and wellbeing for up to the next 15 years. This means you need to keep them fed, healthy, clean, happy and entertained with regular meals, vaccinations, and baths. You can also let them go swimming, but be sure to clean your pool afterwards. If you think you are ready for this, then you can start thinking about adopting a dog.

One option you have when it comes to buying a pet is to adopt a dog from a rescue shelter or animal home. This is an excellent way to choose your pet and help a homeless animal. Rescue shelters are set up for unwanted pets that have be lost, abandoned and born into a situation where they are no longer wanted.

Adopting a Pet

Many rescue shelters will only be able to keep the animals for a certain period of time. If they do not find a home for them, then they have no choice but to put them down. This is a heartbreaking thing to consider and, when you do, you may feel like you should go down to the rescue clinic and adopt all the pets there. However, this is not a feasible thing to do and is not in the best interests of you or the pets in the long run.

You can be pretty sure that when you are getting a dog from a rescue shelter that they are going to be a mixed breed. There is nothing wrong with this but you will most likely not know the parents of your new puppy or dog. Furthermore, you can also expect the dog to be a lot cheaper than buying a dog any other way and may only need to pay for the vaccinations and treatments before the pet leaves the shelter with you.

Rescue Dog Care

One of the things you need to consider when it comes to a rescue dog is what happened to them before they were rescued. Many will come to the shelter as puppies and thus may not have a good recollection of being abused or abandoned. Others, however, are not so lucky and may have spent the first years of their life treated poorly.

They may be aggressive, timid or hard to control. This is not their fault - it is due to their circumstance. With a little time, patience and care, it is possible to turn most pets around. But they need to gain your trust first and this can take years. If you are not ready to put in the hard yards, then it might be best to choose a rescue pup that seems friendly, social and happy already.

Another thing you need to consider when adopting a rescue dog is that there is always the issue of disease. When a dog has been abused for several years their bodies are not going to function properly. They may not be able to run for a long period of time or they may refuse to be chained up for fear of abandonment again. Furthermore, many rescue dogs will come to the shelter without proper vaccinations and may suffer from disease such as heartworm, which, unfortunately, is not always treatable. With the right care and owners insurance, however, a rescue dog may be able to overcome many of his problems, both physically and mentally.

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