How to Adopt a Dog from a Humane Society or Animal Shelter – If you are considering adopting a dog from a humane society, SPCA, animal shelter or rescue group, good for you (and good for the animals awaiting adoption)! Many wonderful pets are abandoned or unwanted and surrendered to shelters every day and they need nothing more than someone to open their home and heart. Here’s how to go about the process.


Step-Step for Adopt a Dog


1. Consider the feasibility of adopting a dog

This seemingly simple process includes a few important pre-adoption considerations. For example, is your living situation stable? And, are you ready to commit to a pet for the next 10-12 years? These are some of the big-picture questions. Also, it’s best to plan your adoption when you have free time to help your pet get settled and not right before a vacation.

2. Visit the shelter in person

You can “visit” a shelter or humane society online to begin the adoption process, but most groups’ websites don’t have real time changes to animals’ availability. Also, some pets don’t photograph well, photographs can be misleading in terms of size and breed and they can’t easily show a pet’s personality. Nothing beats an in-person visit. The Internet is fabulous for many things, but still can’t replace a dog licking your hand!

3. Prepare for the costs involved

Give some thought to extra pet expenses and make sure they won’t bust your budget. This includes not only dog food, but treats, toys, bedding, training class, grooming, boarding and/or pet sitting and even unforeseen expenses like an occasional vet visit. Don’t let this part scare you; the benefits far outweigh the costs!

4. Make sure others in your home are on board

Before you actually adopt. You may want to bring roommates, parents, children, spouses or partners with you, so they can be part of this fun process. If you rent, your landlord should be cool about pets. And, if you have a resident dog, bring him to make sure he gets along with the new dog.

5. Enter the adoption facility with an open mind

You might have your heart set on a 1-year-old, fully-trained chocolate lab. Then again, an entirely different dog may steal your heart when you visit.

6. Be willing to learn – but don’t fret about inexperience

Don’t worry if you have never owned a dog before. If you are willing to learn about proper diet, exercise, socialization, training and other basics, this is all that should matter to the toa dopt a dog

7. Listen to the shelter workers’ advice

Understand that some dogs might not be a great match for your lifestyle or family and don’t feel judged if the shelter redirects you. If you are a long-distance runner, for example, and are looking at a Basset Hound as your running partner, or if you have young kids and have your heart set on a herding breed (who will herd those kids and knock them down!), the shelter’s staff will likely explain why that is not a good match. Shelters’ primary goal is successful, long-term matches.

8. Participate in the shelter’s review process

The adoption process will include some form of counseling session or interview with a staff member or volunteer. Good organizations strive for education, not interrogation. It’s an opportunity for you to show why your home will be a good one and ask lots of questions about the pets you’re considering.

9. Support the shelter, if possible

Once you have found “the one,” consider adding a little something to the shelter’s adoption fee. Adoption fees, on average, don’t come close to covering the dogs’ care while being sheltered. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. And, try to continue supporting this organization.

10. Transition your dog with care

Make the ride home and first few days super calm and stick to the type of food your dog was fed in the shelter. Some adopters want to shower their new dog with fun experiences and wonderful tasty treats or table scraps. Those fun experiences – such as a trip to a busy dog park – can be overwhelming and stressful, and new foods and rich treats can lead to, um, messy stools.

11. Follow up with the shelter

Once you and your new dog have settled into a routine, be sure to send photos of your pup to the staff who helped with your adoption. It will undoubtedly get circulated to many staff and volunteers and make everyone’s day.


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