You want to host a doggie in your home but don’t know how? Several choices are available to you to adopt, with their lots of advantages and disadvantages.
Adopting an animal isn’t a decision to take lightly and will have an impact on your life for many years, especially if it’s a first time for you. But then, if you are ready, and your family and your home to welcome a new member on all fours, where can you find the one you are looking for?
In a shelter
There are so many abandoned dogs every year that adopting one directly in a shelter seems to me, in a personal capacity, a very good solution. There are many, such as the SPA, the AVA and many others that allow you to give a ball of hair a better life. The volunteers and employees of these shelters are also there to advise you and help you find the companion with whom you will have the best chances of having a beautiful relationship, depending on your lifestyle, members of your home and your sports practices.
However, it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly. You will likely have to deal with a dog who has had a difficult past and may need some adjustment and much attention in the first few weeks and months of his arrival. So be sure of yourself and ready to make every effort to make him feel good with you. On the other hand, if you prefer to adopt a puppy, you’ll have little chance of finding one in a shelter. Another important point is that the animals live in good sanitary conditions and receive all the necessary care. For that, don’t hesitate to ask the visit of the places and to ask questions to the personnel who works there. If the place seems unhealthy or animals are neglected, do not hesitate to contact animal welfare associations, such as the 30 Million Friends Foundation, who can then contact the relevant authorities.
With somebody you know
In your environment, you can have a friend, family or even someone who knows someone who has a dog that has just had small. This way, you can adopt a puppy at a young age and – most often – for free. If you know the masters of the mother of your new companion, you can feel reassured, however it’s also better to check that everything is going well and that newborns grow up in good conditions. Be careful also to allow your dog time to wean himself and not bring him home too early, to prevent him from developing behavioral problems, such as hyperattachment towards you. Finally, you’ll also have to do all the identity papers of your dog, as well as make him suck and make him do all his vaccines so that he’s in good health and rules. In addition, your desire to host an animal in your life may not coincide with a birth. If it happens before you’re ready, don’t rush things, give puppies the best chance of finding a family that will give them all they deserve.
In a breeding
Going to adopt a dog at a breeder allows you to target a particular breed and choose your animal on specific physical criteria. On the other hand, it’s an expensive option and you have to be careful in selecting the breeder where you’ll go. How? By inquiring in advance. Finding a breeder by going to dog shows is, for example, a good way to gather information. If he’s a member of a dog club, it’s also a good sign. Then, when you visit the breeding site, make sure it’s clean and that the puppies receive all the necessary care. Finally, the breeder must be knowledgeable about the breed of dogs he raises, he should be interested in you, ask you questions about your lifestyle and the reasons that push you to adopt a dog, make sure that you’ll take care of it.
When adopting a purebred dog, consider asking for his birth certificate; otherwise ask for a veterinary certificate before the transfer of the animal.
In addition to these three options, you can also choose to adopt a dog that you have found, wandering the street. For this, it’s imperative to consult a veterinarian, first to ensure that it isn’t simply lost, and then to give him all the necessary care before you can start a new life with him.