Apr
3rd

12 Tips For Successful Dog Rescue And Adoption

Today I thought I would give you some tips for successful dog rescue and adoption.  This was prompted by several meetings with a border collie on the canal bank near where I live.

The collie is probably about 18 months old and full of energy.  The owners are probably both well into their sixties.  Both walk slowly (and not very far) with the aid of sticks.  It made me wonder:

What on earth was the rescue centre thinking, giving an energetic young collie a home clearly unsuited to its needs?

I am a lifelong supporter of dog rescue. Most people can find a dog or puppy that will suit them this way, especially if they take the time to look properly.

So to help you get going, here are some quick tips for successful adoption:

  1. Before you visit or start your search, make sure that you know exactly what kind of household you are
  2. The rescue centre or group should be easy to contact by phone, e-mail or even via social networks.
  3. Is the person you speak to friendly and welcoming, organised and efficient?
  4. At a rescue centre, is the reception area clean, tidy, welcoming and well-organised?  Are you clear what’s expected of you and where to report?
  5. Are the kennels and dogs relatively clean and tidy?
  6. If it’s a foster home you visit, are they clean, tidy, welcoming and also well-organised?
  7. Are the staff or person you are seeing knowledgeable about the dogs in their care?
  8. Do they talk to you and grill you closely about your home circumstances?
  9. Do they actively suggest dogs to you, and tell you why these are a good fit?  Do they also tell you why dogs you might have thought of are not a good fit?
  10. Do they require a homing contract and for you to pass a personal home check?
  11. Do they provide ongoing help and support after adoption?
  12. Don’t rush! You need to take your time over the decision.  Visit lots of different dog rescue and adoption centres or groups.

That might sound a bit one-sided, but a good rescue centre will be efficient, well organised and clear about what is and is not going to suit you. You also want one that’s going to give you advice, support and take the dog back if there are problems which can’t be overcome.

If you go to one where you are unhappy about what you see or hear, please contact local or national animal welfare authorities.

To get to grips with choosing a dog, start with your free e-course today

 

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