Giving Good Dogs A Second Chance Happiness
Visiting your local dog rescue centre or contacting dog adoption organizations in your area to give an abandoned dog another forever home really is the kindest thing you can do.
Many people looking for a first time dog never consider the idea of adopting one from a rescue centre, abandoned dogs come with a lot of bad press;
These are just some of the commonest reasons people cite for not wanting to adopt a dog or puppy.
Well for the vast majority of dogs that simply is not true.
The fact is that most dogs end up in dog rescue centres because their original owners made the wrong decisions in the first place or were unable to look after them any longer, not because they were bad or aggressive.
A dog’s owner may die or go into a nursing home, perhaps the dog’s owners divorce and neither party can keep the family pet. The dog’s owner might have moved to a new residence that doesn’t allow pets, or maybe the dog just plain got lost , didnt have a micro-
Nor is it true to say that dogs in shelters are all inferior sickly pet shop specimens or nothing but mutts, crossbreeds and old dogs.
In fact most dog rescue centres or shelters house a good cross section of the overall dog population, including pure breeds from show breeders and puppies (though not so common), and If you are dead set on a particular dog breed you will find that most national parent clubs support dog rescue groups that are breed specific.
If you really love dogs and you are looking to introduce one into your life then there can really be no kinder thing to do than seriously consider adoption.
Well run dog rescue centres don't want repeat guests, so when a dog arrives they will spend time assessing the dog’s health, behavioural characteristics and how well socialised or trained they are.
Often volunteers will foster dogs or take them out for extended walks to gauge exactly the temperament and suitability of the dog for re-
Only when they do consider them ready will they put a dog up for adoption. The great thing about rescue centres is that they will only re home a dog if it's in the dog’s best interests. A good shelter will conduct an interview with you the respective owner and assess your suitability as much as the dogs.
Don’t be surprised if the shelter wants to arrange a home visit to see where your new dog is going to live and make sure you can provide him with all that he needs.
My Dog Rescue Story
Our beloved old dog Lucy came from one of the many rescue centres in my home town, she sadly passed away recently at the ripe old age age of 14. She was a lovely sparky Jack Russell Terrier and we had her since she was just a year old and is greatly missed.
Lucy cost just £50 ($75) and for that she was fully vaccinated, spayed and micro chipped.
Hers was a classic case where two people divorced and she went to live with one of their elderly parents. Being just a pup and coming into those doggy teen age years of maximum craziness she was obviously too much for an elderly couple to handle, (bearing in mind that they didn’t want her in the first place )she was sent to the Mayhew Animal Home. Which is where we met her.
I had never had a rescue dog before but felt instinctively that it was the right thing to do. She was a beautiful girl a typical Jack Russell, playful boisterous and loving, she was always gentle and tolerant with our young children but had the heart of a lion and the bark of a grizzly bear when the post men came to knock.
We waited a few months before we got Cilla, again another rescue centre dog, she is a Labrador Collie cross, absolutely gorgeous, cute as anything, fantastic with our children and as daft as a brush.
Cilla came from Ireland as a 4 month old puppy, rescued by dedicated adoption organizations from being almost certainly euthanized, simply because she was just another unwanted farm dog.
Cilla was one of the lucky ones, there are hundreds of thousands of unwanted dogs like her every year who are not as fortunate. It really is tragic.
I know I am biased when I should be neutral, but I would just say that if you hadn’t thought about visiting any dog a rescue centre before now on account of any pre conceptions that you may have had, please think again.
Firstly I am assuming you will be adopting an adult dog rather than a puppy as adult dogs are far more likely to need rescuing.
Puppies On The Whole Cost A Lot More In Vets Bills Than Adult Dogs.
Vaccinations, boosters and extra visits and for all those scrapes and bumps he’s likely to get himself not to mention the occasional emergency after he's swallowed something he shouldn't have.
Again an adult dog has generally calmed down a bit from the kind of goofy behaviour that sees him wearing the cone of shame and being the subject of much hilarity from his doggy friends in the park .
The rescue centre for a voluntary donation will also usually have arranged all his shots, micro chipping and neutering before releasing him to a new home at a fraction of the cost that you would pay if you bought a puppy direct from a breeder.
Your New Rescue Dog Is Far More Likely To Be Housetrained.
Think of your lovely cream carpets... oh and don’t think you are being clever by putting newspaper down as puppy just loves to shred it and drag it all over he place. An adult rescue dog if not house broken on arrival will be by the time they are ready for adoption.
Puppies Given Half A Chance Will Destroy Everything.
They chew, slobber, and shred anything they can get their little chops round or their claws into, it’s all part of the puppy process of teething, growing, learning and with the best will in the world you are going to end up with ruined slippers and the stuffing pulled out of your sofa.
Also when puppies aren't teething on your house they are teething on you and the kids. A puppy's primary sensor for exploring the world is his mouth, all those dagger like little milk teeth can hurt when he's chewing on you hand, oh and dont get me started on the clawing and scratching.
Adult Dogs Ready for Adoption, Settle Much Easier.
An adult dog has been there and done that and will probably be quite happy curled up in his basket or chewing on a rawhide bone. A sad lonely puppy pining for his siblings and the all embracing warmth of mummy can make a lot of noise , 2AM, 3AM, 4AM Hooooooowllllllll Hoooooowwllllll you get the picture,
What You See Is What You Get.
When you choose your rescue dog, all those issues about how big or active they are, or what their temperament will be like all have been answered, good dog adoption centers will aim to match you with the right kind of dog to suit your own circumstances.
It Really Is The Kindest Thing You Can Do
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