With so many abandoned animals looking for a new home, it makes sense to consider a rescue pet when you are looking for a dog. Puppies can be very expensive to buy, costing many hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of dollars. A rescue center may charge you for neutering, or ask for a donation, but it will still be far cheaper than a puppy. So it makes sense for savvy buyers to see if there is a rescue dog that would fit into the family, saving you money and giving a needy animal a second chance in life – what could be better than that?
The re-homing process
This can vary in detail from one organization to another, but you will need to undergo a vetting procedure to make sure you can care for a dog. The center will want to know about your lifestyle, family, experience, and what kind of dog you are looking for. They will then be able to select the most suitable dogs for you to meet. It is a sensible procedure because it would be no good sending a dog that hates cats to live with someone who had three beloved kitties at home for instance. Many centers like you to get to know your prospective pet over a few weeks before taking it home so you can all be sure this is the right animal, and you can start the bonding process.
Bringing your new pet home
The center will be able to advise you on what the dog eats, its routine, its likes and dislikes and also answer any questions you may have. Before you collect your dog, make sure you have all the equipment you need, including feed and water bowls, beds and blankets, toys, a lead, collar or harness, and the food your dog is used to. None of these purchases need to cost a fortune; there are many sources of good quality pet products at very reasonable prices. There’s also no point going overboard and buying too much; wait until you’ve got to know your dog a bit better and you’ll be able to choose the things he or she would most like.
Problems with new dogs
However well-behaved, most dogs will find it stressful moving into a new home. They will need lots of love and attention and clear directions on how to behave to help them settle in well. You may find they go off their food, which could be temporary while they adjust to their new home. If you’re worried that they aren’t eating, do some research on the best tasting dog food for picky eaters to see if you can tempt him to eat. A dog may also make toileting mistakes and go in the house when they first arrive. Don’t get cross, remind them of their house-training and make sure they can go outside frequently. Once they’ve got used to their new surroundings, this problem should be resolved.
If you do encounter any difficulties, remember the rescue center staff will always be happy to help, and your vet will also be a great source of assistance and information. New pets can be a wonderful addition to the household, and a loving dog will bring you joy and happiness for years to come.