Adopting a dog from a Humane Society, or a personal refuge, can be a terrific present to the dogs fighting for survival on the streets, abandoned by owners, or abused until they were rescued. However, this shouldn’t be done naively, or with the heart. Any new purchase of a puppy has to be done carefully, rather than on impulse. There is nothing worse, for your family or the dog, to take a dog in your maintenance and then discover that problems arise that you cannot handle. This ultimately results in the sad fate of abandoned dogs. There are many factors to consider when considering getting a new pet. There are the ongoing costs of food, vet bills from regular operations like desexing and minor illnesses or accidents, in addition to time and money involved in training dogs.

Based upon your experience with dogs, you might have to take your dog along to an obedience school. Dogs will need to be trained so that they understand how to behave around people, to protect against any biting or aggressive behaviour around neighbours or compact kids, and also to establish a harmonious and understanding relationship with their owners. Lots of the reasons people abandon dogs and other pets may be averted if they take the time to train their pet, and understand where the behaviours that exasperate come from – and what to do about them. That is responsible dog ownership. Among the advantages of adopting a dog from a shelter or humane Society is that the animal will typically be desexed. Despite some lingering mythology around the topic, desexing does not emotionally or developmentally harm the dog at all. That is a projection of an individual reaction onto a creature of a totally different species.

Some personal dog shelters have a ‘No Kill’ policy. This means That unlike many others that euthanise a puppy if they aren’t rehomed within a specific period of time, these shelters put dogs in foster homes until a new owner is found. The benefit of adopting a puppy from one of those places is the temperament of this dog will be well known. Plus, lots of the behavioural problems that could come from the trauma of being abandoned, or being mistreated, are treated in a loving environment by the foster carer before the dog is available for adoption. Things like how well a Sponsor a dog interacts with other dogs will usually be understood, which is vital if you have got a multi-pet household. No Kill shelters also rehabilitate very ill or malnourished dogs before they are put up for adoption. Most shelters and humane societies assess a dog’s health before letting them get adopted, so you know what you are getting in to. They can also give guidance on whether a dog is acceptable for a more experienced dog owner, if a dog is acceptable for a family, and can provide ideas on how to easily integrate a puppy into a new home.