First, you most likely already know what kind of dog you want, large or small, long-haired or short-haired, puppy or adult, and a certain breed. On the other hand, you may like a completely different type of dog that will suit you – this is often the case, so never say no until you see the pet yourself.
Perhaps you think that you will have the opportunity to walk around the kennels and examine the dogs until one of them “hits” your imagination. However, it is devastating and stressful for dogs, which is why this approach is hardly used today. Instead, you can consult with your family and find out which dog will satisfy everyone, and based on this, you can get pictures and descriptions of suitable dogs and how to familiarize yourself with them. You can arrange a meeting with a specific dog as needed
Please do not think that there is a “perfect” dog. Of course, not all dogs are at the shelter due to health or behavioral issues, but moving a dog from the shelter to a new home can bring some problems.
Be prepared to ask a few questions about a dog you are interested in or recommend at the shelter. The dog’s past may be shrouded in mystery, but be sure to find out what the shelter knows about her age, health, temperament and behavior. The staff in a good shelter should be honest – if they know something, they will tell you about it, as all parties are interested in it. Be careful if you receive evasive or dismissive responses. But you also need to be realistic and honest with yourself, if the dog has health or behavior problems, ask yourself if you can handle it, and if you really do not have enough time and resources (even with the help of a shelter), then it is better this and say so as not to get into a situation that is difficult for you and for the dog.
Among other things, before you take your dog home, find out if it has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and deworming. Most likely, you will be required to pay for these procedures, so you should be aware that almost all organizations require payment for helping a dog.
Be prepared for the shelter or nursery to want to know more about you and your home. This is a good sign, as it means that they are serious about the pet’s welfare and want him to get his home forever and not return to them. Sometimes you may also be asked to visit your home to make sure your dog will have a safe, reliable and happy family. Be wary of any organization that doesn’t do any of this.
Proper and good organization will also not pressure you to accept the dog. Take time to think it over and take your time to make a decision, no matter how many and when you want to adopt. You may also need time to prepare for bringing your new dog into the house – the shelter should respect your time and wishes.
Ask what kind of help the shelter can provide if you have already adopted a dog. They may want to make several visits to you themselves, but in any case, they should give you the opportunity to ask questions by phone or e-mail, as well as consult with them. And in the worst case, if something unpredictable happens, you should be able to bring the dog back to them.
Finally, if you follow the guidance and advice given at the shelter and adopt a dog that works for you and your family, you can look forward to a happy future with your new friend.