What Are The Pros & Cons Of Adopting A Dog?
Are you and your family planning on getting a new dog? The breed, age, and sex are just a few of the decisions you need to make before choosing the right dog. But beyond that, you’ll need to know where to look. At Therabis, we believe animal shelters and rescue groups are full of happy and healthy pets. However, we understand that it may not be for everyone. To help you make your decision, here are things to know before adopting a dog.
Things to Know
Pros of Adopting a Dog
Save a Life
When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you’ll save one of the millions of animals euthanized each year. In fact, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States each year. With your help and the help of others like you, this number can be reduced dramatically.
Adoption fees are significantly less expensive than dog breeders and pet stores. Although fees vary at every location, the tend to range from $100 to $500.
Get specific information from shelter workers
Before adopting, get to know the ins and outs of the dog by spending time with them and asking for their behavior and medical history.
Cons of Adopting a Dog
Lack of Different Breeds
Depending on where you go, you may have a difficult time finding the exact breed you’re wanting.
Adopting a dog requires signing paperwork that requires some personal information. It’s important to note that you may be rejected if you don’t meet the organization’s requirements.
Dogs with temperament issues
It’s possible that your adopted dog may have temperament and behavioral issues. Fortunately, a little training and love can go a long way.
Making the Decision
At the end of the day, deciding whether or not adopting a dog is the right decision for you at that time. At Therabis, we believe that the benefits outweigh the downsides. Being able to provide a dog a great home is one of the best gifts you could give them.
The First Two Weeks
Even though you are providing your new dog an amazing home full of love and attention, the transition can be stressful for your new family member. A new environment with new smells, a different layout, and even more space can be a lot for your dog to process. In some cases, your new dog will seamlessly integrate into his or her new “pack” but other dogs may have a tougher time with the adjustment. These dogs will sometimes express their stress in ways that we humans can interpret as “bad behavior” ranging from extreme nervousness, to accidents, to personality changes far from that amazing dog you found at the rescue. In these cases, you may need to find ways to ease the transition, like creating a doggy safe space, taking them for extra walks, or natural supplements that can support a clam demeanor. And never forget to give them lots of love in this time when they need it most.
Adopting a rescue dog is a very gratifying experience and is in many ways a privilege to be able to share your life with a dog in need of a rescue. This simple act creates the opportunity to enrich both the dog’s and your life and create that truly amazing bond between a dog and their human.