If you’re thinking about bringing a new furry member into the family there is a lot to consider before your dog comes home.
There are thousands of dogs in the UK looking for a new home and to be adopted. The Dogs Trust registered over 13500 dogs needing to be rehomed in 2016 and while they and numerous other charities do a fantastic job finding pawsome homes for them, many potential owners choose to shop rather than adopt.
We love sharing knowledge and educating our community so we’ve put together some pet adoption tips that may help you make a decision about your new addition.
The Dog Trust are often asked if it’s possible to adopt a dog if the prospective owners work full-time and therefore the dog would be left alone for a long duration of time. The answer is usually no. Perhaps before considering dog ownership think carefully about your lifestyle and if your new pooch, whether it be adopted or not, will have enough company. Remember, puppies need housetraining and early socialisation will require a lot of attention and time.
It’s also very important to do some sums before welcoming a pet to your family. The Blue Cross suggests considering everyday things like insurance, food and toys to unexpected vet bills - having a pet is a financial commitment. Owning a dog can range from a few hundred to thousands of pounds a year. It's best to make sure you factor in all eventualities and know how much your new pet can potentially cost you.
Avoid impulse buying
Dogs can live up to 20 years, so you need to make sure that you are ready for a long term commitment. It's tempting to get swept up in the moment when you see a beautiful dog looking longingly at you, but you don't want to regret that decisions later on. Make sure you’ve done the research, from the dog’s breed to its history and health before taking one home.
Consider a rescue
Thousands of dogs are left stray, abandoned and unwanted and would love to go to a loving home. Charities like the Blue Cross and The Dogs Trust offer prospective owners support and advice on dogs and their breeds to help you find the right match.
Adult rescues can be a great choice as their personalities have already been established and therefore you can be more confident about fitting them into your lifestyle. They will also be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated so they offer great value compared to buying from a breeder
Additionally, if you are want a particular breed you can contact The Kennel Club who have a list of organisations with specific breed rescues.
Rehoming centres and charities such as The Blue Cross, The Dogs Trust or Battersea Dogs and Cats home, are always around to support you with your new furry friend. It’s always best to contact your chosen organisation directly as they're happy to assist you on your search and help you find the right dog for you.
Age is just a number
Many prospective owners are looking to own a puppy as opposed to an adult dog. Even though there are many puppies that are looking to be rehomed, rehoming an adult dog can have its benefits. Cost, behaviour and temperament are a few, but it’s always best to speak to your local rehoming centre to see what dog will fit your lifestyle.
There’s always choice
A common misconception regarding dog adoption is you’ll end up rehoming any dog. But that is hardly the case. Many organizations have websites allowing you to browse the dogs looking to be rehoming, and there are always a variety of breeds looking for homes.
Remember, it is always best to visit your new prospective dog first before making a decision as charities do find owners have been happily surprised with a breed they hadn’t previously had experience or known of before.
We hope this short guide may help you think further about adoption. Why not take a look into the Blue Cross or Dogs Trust before making any decisions about your new pet, you may be pleasantly surprised. Have any questions? Why not get in touch with them.
Not sure if you’re ready for dog ownership? Why not try borrowing one first. Sign up and create a free profile to browse the dogs in your area that would love some extra human friends.
Woofs and tail wags,
The BorrowMyDoggy Team.