Millions of rescue dogs that get euthanized each year as no one came to adopt them. It is hard to hear this, but it is also a reality. When you decide to get a dog from an adoption center, not only you are saving its life but also getting a friend for yourself.
Each of these abandoned dogs deserves a forever home as they have loads of love to offer you and your family. Also, adoption is either free or costs very little.
Sometimes we may think that the process of adoption is long. But it is just a myth. There is only one important point here and that is the adoption authorities need to verify if you are the right person to adopt a dog.
We hope the following steps will help and guide you during the adoption process:
- Applying for Adoption: You will need to fill out an application form that will include all your credentials including your address, family members you may have and any other personal details which are required by the adoption center to qualify you as a good pet parent.
- Meet the counselor at the shelter: The counselor will ensure that you are not just adopting these loving dogs in a jiffy but can provide love and care as well as a long-term home to these pets. Hence, they will ask you some of the following questions:
- Family background: How many people are there in your family including children and if all of them agree to get a dog at home. Do you know how to bring in a new pet into the family and socialize them?
- Home situation: What kind of home do you have e.g. have you been renting a place, own a home, travel frequently, etc.
- Had any previous pets and their experiences: Did you own any previous pet and how did you find them and the journey with them. What happened to them?
- Work: Are you working long hours, and do you need to leave your pet at home for that time? Are you able to take financial responsibilities for the dog you plan to adopt?
- Lifestyle: Do you enjoy outdoors, or you like to stay indoors? Would you like to take your dog with you for events, vacations or outdoor activities?
- Knowledge of rescue or abandoned dogs: Are you aware that the dogs that are in a shelter may have some behavioral issues and these could be difficult to handle.
Please note that the above questions are being asked as the shelter wants to ensure that the dog doesn’t end up on the streets or another shelter as these are some of the reasons the dogs end up there.
- Pick the dog for you: Now comes then part of choosing the pet that blends with your personality. It is most said that dogs adopt humans and not the other way around. Once decided, you can inform the shelter owner about your decision.
- Pay the adoption fee: Most of the time, the shelters either give the dogs away for free or charge a nominal fee which is easy to be paid.
- Bring your fur baby home: Now you can take your pooch to its forever home!