As it is the month of love, I thought I would do a blog about something that is close to my heart. Adopting dogs or cats.
You probably know by now that I am a big advocate of adopting but I also completely understand that many people have dreams of a certain breed and raising it from a puppy. What I wanted to talk to you about today was dispelling some of the myths and mystery around adopting a pet.
The first thing I want to set the record straight about is you don’t have to say yes to any dog at a rescue place. Of course, anyone who works there wants the dogs to find a home, but they want to find them the right home. Never say yes to a dog because you are worried what might happen to it if you say no. Someone else will be the perfect fit.
Rehoming centres are having a big battle with dogs being returned to them. Therefore, they do such a thorough check and ask so many questions. When you go to a rehoming centre it’s important that you take all members of the family that live in the same house as you as well as any dogs you already have. Many rehoming centres will not rehome dogs to homes with small children. If you have young children ring up the shelter before you go or check their website for their policy.
All rehoming centres will want to do a home check. They won’t be looking to see if your house is clean and tidy but whether it’s appropriate for the dog that will hopefully be coming to live with you. They will check the size of your garden and height of your fence. You don’t have to have a huge garden, but it needs to be secure.
You won’t always go to a rehoming centre. I’ve had dogs from Norfolk Greyhound Rescue, and they don’t have a centre. They bring dogs over from Ireland and then you collect the dog (after forms and home checks have been completed). As the dogs were coming from Ireland it wasn’t possible for us to meet them first but that was fine for us because they were exactly what I had been looking for.
More and more rescue homes are relying on foster home for dogs whilst they search for their forever home for them. This makes is cheaper for the charities rather than the running costs of kennels. Don’t let this put you off. You can still go and meet your potential new dog if it’s in foster.
You will always pay an adoption fee. This covers the dog being neutered or spayed, initial vaccinations and sometimes this will include a collar and lead and food bowls. Everyone is different but they all have the same rule; every rescue dog must be neutered. This is important to hopefully slow down the number of abandoned dogs every year. If your potential dog is too young to be neutered, you will be required to make sure this happens. The adoption fee never covers the full cost to the rehoming centre of caring for that animal. They may have paid out a lot in vet fees to get the dog ready for rehoming.
If you love a certain breed of dog, then I’m sure there will be a rescue place that deals with just that breed. It’s also possible and quite easy to rescue a dog from abroad.
Having a dog that you have brought from a breeder as a puppy doesn’t guarantee a well socialised and behaved dog. That comes from the way the dog is brought up. Yes, there are dogs in rescue homes who are reactive, not good with children or cats but with the right home and with lots of love, patience and time they can become a big part of your family. I promise you as the mum of 7 adopted dogs and 3 foster dogs you won’t regret it!
Love, Sally xx
Sally Cousins is a self confessed mad dog lady!
After being mum to several rescue dogs she decided to turn her passion in to her career and set up her own dog walking business back in 2015.
Sally not only runs her business, she also writes for her own blog and also does guest blogs for other dog businesses. You can also find Sally chatting as a guest on dog related podcasts.