You know how it is. You see a cute, curly-haired puppy at the pet store, with big brown eyes begging for your attention. Next thing you know, you’re walking down the pet food aisle at the grocery store buying dinner for your new pup. It’s not hard to get sucked into a puppy. However, sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Adopting a dog is a big decision. Dogs require a lot of time, money, and commitment, as they can live anywhere from 9 to 15 years, depending on the breed. Owning a dog can be very rewarding, but you should think twice before adopting one.
Things to Consider When Looking for Puppies for Adoption
Adopting a dog or puppy from an animal shelter shows that you are a caring and responsible person. But first take a moment to think about these important questions:
Why do you want a dog?
… not many people ask this question. Don’t forget that your new dog can be with you for up to 15 years.
Do you have time for a dog?
…you can’t ignore your dog just because you’re tired or busy. You have to provide food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day of every year. You can’t just “take a day off” if he feels like it. Many of the dogs at the shelter or rescue are there because their owners didn’t realize how long it took them to care for them.
can you afford a dog
… the costs of owning a dog can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, and other expenses add up quickly.
Are you prepared to deal with the special problems that a dog can cause?
…flea infestations, scratched furniture, and unexpected medical emergencies are all unfortunate aspects of dog ownership.
Can you have a pet where you live?
…if you rent, you may not be allowed to have a puppy or dog. Educate yourself before considering looking at puppies for adoption.
Do you have small children?
…if you have children under the age of six, you might consider waiting a few years before adopting a dog. Owning a dog requires children who are mature enough to be responsible.
How much space do you have at home?
… the size of the dog is not the only thing to think about here. Some small dogs, like terriers, are very active and require a lot of exercise to slow down, often barking at any noise. On the other hand, quite a few large dogs are laid back and just addicted to television. Before you adopt a dog, do your research. That way, you can be sure to choose a dog that suits your particular lifestyle and living arrangements.
What will you do when you go on vacation?
… you’ll have to rely on your friends and neighbors or have the money to pay for kennels or pet sitting.
Are you prepared to keep and care for the pet throughout its life?
… when you adopt a puppy, you commit to caring for the animal throughout its life.
Well, that was a long list of questions, however if you take a look at an animal shelter they will help you understand why you need to answer each one of them honestly.
The majority of dog shelter and dog rescue homeless animals are puppies and dogs that are the result of irresponsible parenting, or owners who simply cannot care for their pet.
Please, please don’t make the same mistake! Think twice before considering puppies for adoption. Sharing your life with a dog can bring incredible rewards, but only if you’re willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love for the dog’s life.