Features May 2015 Issue

How to Prevent a Bad Adoption

Ideally, you will share your home with your new dog for the next 10 or more years, so make sure hes the dog you really, really want, not one you just felt really sorry for at the shelter.

How to Prevent a Bad Adoption

Thinking about getting a new dog? Read this first!

For the first time in several decades, my husband and I are actively seeking a dog to adopt. With our family pack at a long-time low of three dogs, all seniors, its time to add a younger set of paws, but now that neither of us works at a shelter, its not as easy to trip over a dog who speaks to our hearts. We now find ourselves having to actively look for one a unique position for us, but one in which most normal, non-shelter/rescue humans are quite likely to find themselves. Having experienced in recent years an exponential increase in clients who adopted inappropriate dogs with significant problem behaviors dogs who should never have been released by the shelter or rescue group I know all too well how rocky the path to adoption can be these days. So, were taking the advice wed give to anyone else in our situation in order to prevent a regrettable adoption.

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