March 12, 2017
Adopting a Furkid
(First published August 21, 2016)
Last week, I shared the ten top dog breeds, and today I asked several fur parents about adopting a dog from a shelter or from other homes (or worse, those found lost in the streets).
A sad reality is that there are so many unwanted furkids out there who deserve a forever home, to be taken care of, and loved. Another is that approximately 1.2 million dogs worldwide are put down each year due to overcrowded shelters.
Try to read “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. It speaks about this tragic reality from the point of view of the dog that went through several reincarnations as a different dog because he had a mission to accomplish.
There are more advantages than “challenges” but once you commit to bringing home you new furkid, I am sure things will work out for the best. I asked my best friend, a veterinarian, Chowee’s dog trainers, his groomer, a chef who put up a dog café—all of whom have had experiences with adoption. They all agree that it feels right and good to have saved even just one furkid from being abused or euthanized. According to them, the advantages of adopting are:
- The dog has been spayed or neutered
- Dogs from the shelter are cheaper than those from a breeder. Buying from pet shops is highly discouraged because this encourages irresponsible breeding and puppy mills.
- Dogs in the shelter are highly sociable, you can choose which age, breed, size, temperament and personality by visiting the dog several times to bond with them.
- The dog will be forever grateful to you and love you unconditionally for giving them a second chance at being loved, taken care of, and given a forever home.
- Most hereditary diseases manifest by 3 months to 2 years so you would know if a young adult dog from the shelter is healthy or not.
- An adult dog is most likely trained and less likely to chew on stuff or litter everywhere.
- Gaining satisfaction from seeing the dog bond with your family, to see him gain weight and become healthier.
- You get free vet advice and good supporting information about your dog. This depends on the shelter where you got your dog.
The “challenges” or disadvantages of adoption are:
- Training the dog will not be as easy because of the sad stories or trauma he/she has experienced that defines their personality (who they are). They might have issues that need to be addressed.
- Figuring out the dog’s quirks later on.
- Some dogs do not have health records so you need to have your dog checked thoroughly by a trusted vet to make sure he/she does not have diseases that can transfer to your other furkids.
- You need to go through an interview; answer lots of personal questions and you might not end up with the furkid you want.
- You cannot bring your furkid immediately because some shelters require several visits to make sure it is a good match and that you don’t end up returning the furkid.
All the dogs I have had were from breeders but after hearing the advantages of adopting, it is worth considering. My suggestion for those considering this option is to do thorough research about the Animal Shelter through the internet, referrals from reliable sources and, if possible, do visit them to see for yourself.
Next week, we shall give tips for first time fur parents.
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