Are you looking for the next addition to your family? Animal shelters everywhere have dogs that are looking for their forever homes. If you are looking to rescue a shelter dog, you could face some challenges before this furry friend becomes your dream family member. Knowing this upfront and preparing yourself for what you need to know before adopting a shelter dog is a step in the right direction. Don’t become discouraged! Continue reading below for some information before you start the adoption process.
Forget the Stereotypes
There are numerous stereotypes that go hand-in-hand with dogs in shelters. One of those being that these are bad behaved dogs. While behavior could be a reason a dog has yet to find the right home, it is not one of the most common.
In addition, some dog breeds are met with stereotypes. While everyone can have their own opinion, it doesn’t mean that the dog you encounter at the shelter is bad and or mean due to their breed. Educate yourself and know what is a stereotype and what is facts. This will lead you to find the perfect furry friend to take home with you!
Each Dog Has Their Own Story
Every single dog is different—they all have a different background and experience. This is what makes their personalities and attitudes so unique. As such, try to get to know the dogs and see who best fits with your family dynamic!
Leave Time To Transition
Most dogs already struggled when they had to make the transition to the shelter. And similar to when they arrived, they will have to transition when they get to your home. Change affects everybody differently, including dogs. Giving them the time and the resources to become acquainted with your home and the individuals present is necessary. Do what you can as a new owner to allow them that time to make that change and become comfortable. Remember—it won’t always be butterflies and rainbows, but in the end, it will be worth it.
If right now is the perfect time for you to adopt, consider these points above before picking out your furry friend. This is only the surface of what you need to know before adopting a shelter dog, so continue to do your research and speak with those at the shelter to get this process started.