Date Published: March 2, 2015, Updated: February 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm, Author: admin
Pets in dire need of adoption often sit at shelters or the pound for weeks or months, just waiting for their perfect new people to come along. Many of them have been abused, abandoned or not properly cared for and are timid and shy, because of their history. Give into your kids demands for a puppy and adopt from a shelter! We have listed the benefits below, in case you were wondering:
You will want to walk through the entire selection of dogs before choosing one to take out and play with. Stand back and watch the dogs reaction to people and other dogs before choosing to take it out of the kennel. Also, be aware of how it acts around young children, especially if you have young children with you. Be aware of dogs that hang back or may seem shy. These dogs may have been abused or hurt by their previous owners and may bite, growl or nip if they feel threatened.
Also, remember that many dogs are quite a bit more stressed at the shelter then they will be when they get home and may react in a way that is not normally in their nature. Use alone time, with the animal you’d like to adopt, wisely. Experts suggest sitting quietly with your new pet for a few minutes, not touching not praising, etc. to see how they react to you. Don’t call them over, don’t play with them, just sit quietly. Don’t adopt immediately. Come back after 24 hours and play with the animal again. Make sure you still like him/her just as much and that he/she is still a good fit for your family! 24 hours is a good amount of time to change your mind. The shelter you are adopting from may allow for a hold to be placed for a short amount of time. If not, they may allow returns within a certain amount of time. Returns are harder on the dog than on their human, so be aware of this if you decide to adopt before giving yourself time to think about the decision.
Last of all, remember… adoption is a great way to save a life, give love and create a lasting friendship!