Every year thousands of dogs are left abandoned and found or handed over to rescue shelters by responsible owners who understand that they cannot supply the care necessary for the dog’s requirements. What’s worse is that many of the dogs that find their way into rescue shelters are put down as they are unwanted and cost too much in general upkeep and health care.
Some animals have faced great hardship, abuse or neglect whilst in the care of their previous owner and these dogs deserve a chance to enjoy the rest of their lives in a warm and loving home.
A brief online search through a search engine of something like ‘Dog Shelters near me’ is all is required to find your local kennels. If a relative or friend had adopted before, you will want to ask them about their experiences and how the process was for them.
When getting a dog, most new owners will want a ‘brand new’ puppy that has not suffered abandonment and that comes from a suitable and loving breeder. Dogs from shelters make great family pets as they will be happy to transition to the stable and calmer environment of the family home. What’s more, puppies are often readily available at shelters from unwanted, unplanned and abandoned litters so you’ll be able to find your ideal pet at your local kennel.
Potential dog owners are often put off by the idea of having a dog that has suffered at the hands of ill treatment, partly due to concerns in the way of behaviour the dog may exhibit towards family members, particularly towards children. These worries are perfectly acceptable to have and shelter staff should be able to find you a dog with a docile temperament that will suit your family and the dynamics of your home. After all, these carers will have spent considerable time getting to know the individual dogs and their behaviours and should be able to help you make a safe decision.
If you have the time, and are serious about finding the perfect partner, a great way to
find the perfect dog is to volunteer at the shelter yourself. Even an hour a week at the weekend feeding, walking and carrying out general light care of the dogs is a great way to get to know particular individuals that you might like to adopt. You’ll even begin to get an idea about the overall behaviour of the dog. The shelter will often be more than grateful for the extra pair of hands.
Some shelters, particularly charity based organizations, will let you take the dog from them without a charge or fee. It is common practice to give a donation towards further care of the animals remaining at the shelter and the money will never go unappreciated.
It also might be a requirement that you fill out specific paperwork and may be required to have a home visit by the staff, just to make sure your home is the perfect environment for the dog. Staff will want to make sure the animal gets the perfect home the second time around so that it can enjoy the rest of its life free from suffering.
Dog shelters are usually saturated, often to full capacity and the sheer cost of care means that dogs within them receive the most basic of care to the best level the kennels can provide. This can mean basic dry food, limited or no toys, and simple or no blankets for bedding.
Donations of bulk food, a selection of toys, and most importantly warm blankets and bedding are the best types of gifts you can give to operating kennels. Even if you can’t adopt, It’s rewarding to know that all those items you’ve donated will be used and loved by the dog’s within and will add considerable enrichment to their lives.
Most pet organizations and animal shelters will make it their sole aim to never put down a healthy animal, but the reality is that there are simply too many dogs given into charitable care to be able to provide all the rescued dogs with adequate levels of care.
The next time you plan on getting a dog, do your part and consider pet adoption.