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If you are in the market for a new dog, you should definitely consider adopting. When you adopt a rescue dog you are doing more than just saving a life. You are gaining a companion who will return the favour a hundredfold.Shelters and rescue organisations throughout Australia are housing thousands of dogs of every shape and size who are just waiting for the right owner to come walking through the door. That means with a little patience, you’re sure to find a dog that suits your lifestyle. You’ll probably save a few bucks too!
If you think adopting a dog is on the cards, this guide will help you navigate the adoption process.
Assuming you’ve already made the decision to get a dog, adopting a rescue dog is almost a no-brainer. The tremendous number of upsides include:
You get to save a life. When you adopt, you are giving a dog a second shot at life. There’s no better reason than that!
The price is right. Typically you won’t pay anything for the dog itself. You only pay for the essential services provided by the shelter (vaccinations, desexing, microchipping, etc).
They’ve got their papers. You’d have to pay for those essentials no matter where you got the dog. With a rescue dog, at least you don’t have to organise them yourself.
You’ll have a friend for life. A rescue dog knows it’s been rescued and will shower you with gratitude (and licks).
You’ll have lots of choice. Rescue dogs come in all shapes and sizes. You might just come across the most perfect, original and charming mixed breed you’ve ever seen.
Your dog will be trained. Many rescue dogs will have some level of training. You’ll still need to develop your own repertoire of commands, but the foundation is there in many of the dogs you’ll see.
There really aren’t many drawbacks to adopting a dog. If you’re concerned about the dog’s health and behavior, don’t worry: most shelters won’t give you a dog you can’t handle. With that in mind, here are some drawbacks you should consider.
A rescue dog is no more or less likely to be a great pet than a dog you’d get from a breeder or a pet store. It’s a common misconception to associate rescue dogs with only strays, abused pets and aggressive animals. Sure, some rescue dogs fall into those categories, but many more are just victims of bad luck.
Maybe that retriever turned out to be “too much dog” for the apartment dweller who failed to do the research ahead of time. Maybe the elderly women who owned that terrier could no longer take it out for walks.
Just because it’s a rescue dog doesn’t mean it has behavioural problems. A rescue dog can make a great pet, even more so when you consider the gratitude it will show you for saving its life.
In a way, rescue dogs are free. But you’ll probably have to pay a nominal fee to cover any treatments the dog received. After all, a shelter will not leave the pet’s health up to chance for a second time in its life.
So you need to cover the shelter’s cost for things like:
All up, a rescue dog could cost you anywhere from $100 to $500 depending on the breed, size and age of the dog. That’s not much to ask considering any responsible dog owner would need to pay for those treatments regardless.
So you’ve decided to adopt. Congratulations! Now it’s time to introduce your furry friend to its new life. The first few days with your pup will be especially important as it slowly gets used to a different owner and surroundings.
Here are some tips that will set the stage for a wonderful future with your pup:
Acting as a bridge between the shelter and the adoptive family, foster parents play an important role in preparing certain pups for adoption. There are three main roles foster parents play in the adoption process:
Rescue organisations are always looking for volunteer foster parents. Contact your local rescue organisation if you’re the nurturing type and you think you can handle the responsibility.
The rescue organisation may offer a stipend or pay a reimbursement for your expenses, but don’t expect this to be a money-making operation. It is truly a labour of love.
It’s a good idea to get insurance for your pet, rescue dogs included. The shelter or rescue organisation will take care of any urgent medical problems and vaccinations, but no dog is immune from future injury or illness.
Here are some reasons why pet insurance is a worthwhile investment.
Insurers don’t treat rescue dogs differently than other dogs, but you could have a trickier time supplying historical records that just don’t exist. You may be asked to provide information like:
Luckily, information gleaned from the vet and the shelter will be enough for the insurer to process your policy. The vet will approximate the breed, date of birth and pre-existing medical conditions, while the shelter can supply medical records from the time they received the pup.
The “rescue” status won’t affect your premium, but the information from your vet and the shelter will. Make sure you understand your dog’s needs and research your policy in detail to make sure you are getting the right cover for your pup.
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