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  • Writer's pictureScarlett Bowman

Rescue - Open Your Heart To A Shelter Animal Today

The Humane Societies and Animal Shelters do their best to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals. However many of them are full and overflowing.

Adopting a rescue dog comes with a lot of challenges and we’ve compiled a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Do you have any other dogs and how will they react to a new dog?

  • Is your current residence suited to the dog you’re considering?

  • How will your social life or work obligations affect your ability to care for a dog?

  • Do you have a plan for your new dog during vacations and/or work travel?

  • How do the people you live with feel about having a dog in the house?

  • Are you (or your spouse, partner or roommate) intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a dog, such as allergies?

  • Do you or any of your household members have health issues that may be affected by a dog?

  • What breed of dog is the best fit with your current lifestyle?

  • Is there tension in the home? Dogs quickly pick up on stress in the home, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.

  • What do you expect your dog to contribute to your life? For example, do you want a running and hiking buddy, or is your idea of exercise watching it on TV?

  • Can you train and handle a dog with behavior issues or are you looking for an easy-going friend?

  • Do you need a dog who will be reliable with children or one you can take with you when you travel?

  • Do you want a dog who follows you all around the house or would you prefer a less clingy, more independent character?

  • What size dog can your home accommodate?

  • What size dog would suit the other people who live in or visit your home regularly?

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