Wednesday, May 9, 2012
So you want to adopt your next dog from an animal rescue organization?
That's wonderful! Animal rescuers are caring individuals who work hard to ensure the animals in their care find permanent homes.
With a rescue dog you can find dogs that are socialized, that are house-trained, and even dogs that can peacefully coexist with cats or other pets!
Adopting from a rescue also means that your dog will have received veterinary care. Most all rescues require their dogs to be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Many also have the dogs micro-chipped.
Here's some information on what to expect when you work with a rescue group.
They will get personal. Animal rescuers know that it's important for you to find a dog that's the right fit for your family. To have to return a dog that wasn't a good fit is hard on a family, so your rescuer is going to help you avoid that. So be prepared for them to ask some personal questions. And be honest with them in your responses.
They may ask to visit your home. Some rescue groups conduct a visit to the home. Again, this is to make sure that they help you find the dog that's the right fit for your family. They're not judging you!
The rescue may require a trial visit before an adoption is final. This gives your family and potential new dog to interact in your home environment to see how things go.
The rescue organization will require an adoption fee. Adoption fees help the rescue cover the cost of caring for other dogs in their care. It also shows you are committed to the care of your new dog.
They may require you sign a statement agreeing that if you are unable to care for the dog at a later date, you will return him or her to their rescue organization. Rescuers work hard to care and rehabilitate animals before they are adopted into a permanent home. They want you to know they will continue to be there for your dog should the need arise.
Again, rescue organizations are committed to helping you find the dog that's the right fit for your family. So instead of buying, check into adopting your next dog from a local rescue group!
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