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Rescue dogs can give us so much!

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Rescue dogs
Rescue dogs have so much love to give.

Dog rescue sounds like a generous thing to do

Rescue dogs need a place to call home. Giving them that home can be a very generous, fulfilling thing to do. Every day, you probably hear about one dog or another that needs a home. Unfortunately, it isn’t likely that every one of them will fit into your lifestyle, home, and family. For this to be a genuinely great act, you’ll need some information, and you’ll have to evaluate whether your situation is the best one for this animal.

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Not every rescue dog will fit into your family.

Rescue dogs are everywhere!

I don’t know about you, but I see the ads, social media posts, and television commercials for pet rescue, either to support the organization or for a specific animal. It’s everywhere, at least for animal lovers like me. And most of the time, I have this thought of “Oh, I want to help……”. But, if I took in each of these animals, I’d quickly run out of space, resources, and sanity. It would be overwhelming!

Is dog rescue right for you right now?

Once you’re over the pull on your heartstrings, hopefully, a little logic will kick in. As much as you want to help, both you and your prospective dog. It will be extremely frustrated if things don’t fit. You’ll need to consider several factors if you want to give one of the rescue dogs a home. Factors like

  • Your work schedule. Does it allow time to take care of the particular dog you’re considering?
  • Your living environment. For example, if you’re renting, are dogs allowed?
  • Your family. Do you have small kids that don’t know how to be around animals?
  • Your existing pets, if you have them. Do you have a grumpy old man chihuahua who will hate having a rambunctious puppy around?
  • Your knowledge about the type/breed of dog. Do you have the experience and expertise to give this dog the best home?
  • The types of activities you hope to do with your new dog. Do you plan to compete in agility or hang out with a dog?
  • The known or suspected history of your new dog. Has this dog developed behavior problems or health issues that they’ll need help with?

You’ve decided one of the rescue dogs will fit in your life.

After considering as many factors as possible, have you decided you want to go ahead and adopt one of the rescue dogs? If you already have one in mind, do you feel ready to give this dog what it needs? If you don’t already have one in mind, have you considered how you want to find your new best friend? The next step is to find one.  The possible sources are many.

  • Your local pet shelter often has many great pets.
  • Online groups like Petfinder.com usually have a good selection of prospective rescue dogs.
  • Breed rescues can help locate a pet if you have some specific type in mind.
  • Social media posts can turn up the right pet for you if you pay attention.
  • Other sources like word of mouth, flyers, etc. might hook you up with your new pet if you are in the right place at the right time.
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Dog rescue can be a great thing for you and the dog.

You have chosen a dog that you want to adopt

If you’ve found a dog you’re interested in, you’ll need to go through the adoption process of the given group or organization.  You might have to meet specific requirements, pay a fee, etc. Each group sets it up the way they think is best.  If you cannot come to terms, you might have to keep looking for your new family member.

If the requirements work for you and your potential dog, if you believe you have a situation that is workable for both of you and you feel it’s right, you are ready to adopt a pet!

In conclusion

Rescue can be an extremely generous, fulfilling thing to do.  But not every person is in the right situation to be able to adopt.  Sometimes rescue dogs aren’t going to fit with your plans. And that’s ok.

What’s important is that you’ve done your best to set things up to succeed. If you’ve done your homework and are willing to put in the effort, rescued pets can make such a difference in your life. We have three rescues living here right now.  It took some time for everybody to get comfortable, but the effort has been so worth it!

To read about our rescued pets, read my posts A difficult dog! or Reasons to rescue a dog.

Have you ever rescued a dog, cat or horse? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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