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The Path to Your Dog Shelter - Business

The Path to Your Dog Shelter   by Ricardo Lumbardo

in Business    (submitted 2010-10-11)

Why Adopt a Dog from the Dog Shelter?

If you want to get a dog, why don't you try dog adoption? Dog shelters are home to several dogs looking for the right home, and the right dog for you may just be there. Adopting a dog is an option most interested dog buyers look into. There are many benefits to adopting a dog, and it does a lot of good for the animals, too. Aside from the fact that dog adoption is less expensive, it also has its emotional appeals to most people. There are several dogs in dog shelters that are being put to sleep due to exhibiting signs of aggression, or simply because there's just no place for them anymore. It's such a waste, though, when these dogs that are put down are purebred, or are just not at the right place. A lot of people believe that dogs are just looking for the right home, and with the right owners, their behaviors can change from bad to good. When you choose to adopt a dog, you save that dog from possible euthanasia when the time comes that the people in the animal shelter decide that the dog is unwanted. Also, you save the dog from the dog shelter itself, which is absolutely no place for a dog to receive the care and nurturing that every dog deserves. You also give the dog a chance to exert its potential of how good and intelligent it could be. But of course, since you can never be too certain about the dog's true condition, it would be wise not to jump into the decision without considering the possible dangers of adopting a dog.

The Dangers of Dog Adoption

Adopting a dog from a shelter, however, also has its downsides. You'd be pushed to ask why the dog was in the shelter in the first place. Somebody else did not want it for some reason, and it is your right, as someone considering to adopt the dog, to find out if those reasons are something that you'd also consider a big no-no. Most dogs in dog shelters have been through some physical or emotional trauma that can range from mild and barely noticeable, to severe. The decision to adopt a dog from the dog shelter is also a decision to take on the responsibility, not just of being a dog owner, but of being a healer for the dog's trauma and physical condition, if there is any physical harm done to it. This is not a particularly pleasant experience as a dog owner especially if it is your first time. It can also cost you a lot to get the dog checked up and treated. The dog's background is also unknown, and this can make your situation even harder for you as the new carer of the dog. If you think that you can deal with these factors, especially if you are a long-time dog lover, well, someone's still got to take care of the poor dogs. Just make sure to know as much as you can about the dog's history, and prepare yourself for the responsibilities, because if you are not unsure about the decision, you will cause yourself, and even the dog, a lot of trouble.

Other Factors to Consider Before Adopting a Shelter Dog

If you ever decide to take the plunge and adopt a shelter dog, just make sure to ask all the necessary questions, and be willing to exert effort in molding the dog into a socialized, trained, and behaved dog, despite the long time it spent without constant supervision and care. Before taking a shelter dog home, ask about its history. Its parents, where it came from, and how it came to be at the shelter. Ask whether the dog has been under someone's roof before, and what were the reasons why the previous owners let the dog go to the dog shelter. Also, ask about the medical condition, as well as the history of the dog. This is probably the most important thing you need to know. Also, inspect the dog carefully. Take note of its fur, especially. Healthy dogs, or dogs that do not ail, usually have shiny and healthy-looking fur. And of course, ask about what problems the dog might cause with regards to your home. For example, you have children at home, so you would want to make sure that the dog will not react aggressively and be of harm to the children. If you just becareful and meticulous, and you prepare yourself for the challenge of raising a shelter dog, then you just might find the dog for you at the dog shelter.