Every time I hear of a dog adoption story it’s an ‘aww’ moment for me. For any dog-loving human there is perhaps no greater happiness than welcoming a warm bundle of joy home. But we can all unanimously agree that bringing a dog [or a cat] home is no mean feat. Besides excitedly choosing their bed(s), blankies, bowls, leash, toys and treats there are many more things to factor in. So, in today’s article we are summarising what to consider before adopting a dog?
For those looking to deep dive, read our Dog Homecoming series.
Understand the commitment
Step-by-step is the right approach so we always suggest to first-time adopters to foster first, ideally for three weeks. Within three weeks both the dog and the human will understand if they are comfortable with each other. In addition, the human will understand what adopting a dog entail and that it is a commitment for many years.
Factor in specific requirements
Yes, it’s a reality that more and more people are keener to adopt pets. However, the more important thing is to hold on to a dog and even follow certain necessary steps to help a rescue bloom. For example, in some cases training might be required. Some dogs may need to go to day care to socialise and expend their energy. And these things tend to be expensive. Adopting a dog is a wonderful thing but it also requires hard work to help them get used to a new home.
People are keen to adopt dogs [and cats], and why would they not want to. Pets are so amazing. On the other hand, for any animal welfare organisation one dog [or cat] less is a great thing. But sometimes people get genuinely interested to adopt certain dogs, perhaps large sized or sometimes small even. What’s crucial is to evaluate fitment. Usually, large sized dogs require slightly bigger space. While a slightly territorial small sized dog might need training. So, all these things must be evaluated first against a person’s current life stage and possibly factoring in things that might change soon. Things like travelling for work, getting married or even relocation. That’s also why applications for adoption and even fostering tends to take a while to process. Any responsible animal welfare organisation will ensure that animals get the right homes.
Why do we keep talking about things to consider before adopting a dog?
You may wonder why do we keep bringing up this question: what to consider before adopting a dog? That’s because we would like to emphasise repeatedly that adopting an animal requires a long-term commitment, patience and the willingness to change a few things about your current set-up, if required. Above all, holding on to a dog lovingly till they adjust in a new home – that is your home – is crucial. They will need time and you will have to be willing to give them that time. Some dogs will walk right into your home and heart and become comfortable as you tell them ‘welcome home’. But others might take longer and that’s alright as long as they eventually settle in.