Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dog Adoption Options

So you want to bring a dog into your home? Fantastic!

Adding a dog to your family can be beneficial for many reasons.

But where do you go to find the dog that's right for you?

It used to be that most dogs came from the offspring of the dog of a friend or family member. It's still were almost 1/5 of dogs are acquired.

Many people choose a dog from their local animal shelter. Giving a second chance to a dog who, for whatever reason, has been surrendered is noble indeed.

A professional animal shelter will have had the dog checked by a veterinarian and will have evaluated the dog for temperament. Most shelters require the dog be spayed/neutered as a condition of adoption.

You can check ads in your local paper or Craigslist for dogs that are available to a good home. This is often where people in the community turn to find homes for puppies or for dogs they are no longer able to care for.

You may choose to purchase a dog from a breeder. If you choose to go this route, it's important to do your homework. It's not recommended that you buy a dog over the internet sight unseen.

Before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a dog, you want to know that the pup has been raised in healthy conditions, has received proper veterinary care and that the pup has been evaluated for the risk of hereditary disorders.

You need to know that some breeders who claim to be reputable are actually puppy mill breeders. A reputable breeder will not hesitate to allow you to see where the dogs live or let you see the mother and father.

A puppy mill breeder will "guarantee" their dogs by offering a replacement dog if the first dog is sick. But they know you will most likely become emotionally attached to a dog and won't want to trade it in.

There are many animal rescue organizations that care for dogs in need of a home and family. Dogs of all breeds and all ages can be found in rescues. Yes, even puppies can be found in rescue.

If you're looking for a specific breed of dog, check out dogs available for adoption at  You can also work with a rescue group to find a dog that will best fit in with your family's lifestyle.

Dogs in rescue will have been evaluated for temperament and will have received veterinary care. Rescue groups almost always require dogs adopted from them to be spayed/neutered.

Just remember, a dog requires a commitment of years, so before you go anywhere for your new dog, be sure you've thought hard about what kind of dog is the right fit for you.

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