Making the decision to adopt a dog is one of the best decisions that many families all over the country make every year. Thousands of dogs are rescued from animal shelters throughout Australia, and are given loving forever homes to grow old in. If you and your family have recently made the decision to welcome a new furry friend into your home, congratulations, you are one of the many animal rescuers out there who are saving the lives of dogs!
Choosing to adopt a dog or puppy from a local animal shelter is a great decision – much better than choosing to purchase a dog off a breeder or from a local pet shop. Why would you want to pay for a dog when you can save a dog’s life for free? The decision seems obvious!
Giving a dog another chance at life will not only benefit the dog, it will benefit you and your family. Dogs are great attributes to a family – they can help everyone keep fit and active, and can actually be very therapeutic to both children and adults.
What kind of dog should you adopt?
Once you’ve made the decision to adopt a furry friend into your home, you might want to consider what type of dog will be best suited for you and the family. While you won’t get to request what breed of dog you want from your animal shelter, you’ll likely be given a selection of options to choose from.
Firstly, do you want a puppy or a full grown dog? Puppies are ideal for homes where there will be someone home during the day and night to take care of it. Puppies, generally up to the age of a year old, need someone around most of the time to teach them. If a puppy urinates inside, and no one is there to tell him it’s wrong, he’s likely to do it again.
For families where everyone is at work or school during the day, you’ll want to look at getting an older dog – one that is happy to hang outside your fully fenced property until you get home.
Keep in mind that not all dogs are fully trained and well behaved – some may need to be taken to a local dog training school to correct any bad habits or behaviours.
What kind of budget you’ll need for a new dog
Although you won’t be buying your dog from a dog breeder or pet shop, there will still be costs associated in adopting your new puppy. Some animal shelters need assistance covering the costs of desexing, defleeing and vaccinating the dog before it can be adopted out to a family, so there may be a charge to cover this.
You’ll also need to consider the set up and ongoing costs of getting a new dog. Set up costs will be purchasing items such as dog bedding, dog grooming tools and dog toys. Ongoing costs will be registration with your local council, dog food supplies and dog grooming services (if it’s a breed that requires it).