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RECYCLED LOVE: Know the facts before adopting a rescue dog

I will always advocate and support rescue dog adoptions. There are many terrific, happy, well-trained dogs sitting at shelters and rescues. An issue concerning dog adoptions that troubles me is when people adopt a dog only to find out the dog is not a good fit for their family or lifestyle. It does not happen very often, but when it does, it is heartbreaking for a family and the dog. It is especially upsetting for a responsible rescue to hear about dog adoptions that do not work out.

An accountable rescue allows a dog to settle into foster care. Foster care gives the dog ample time to decompress and relax so the dog's real personality can shine. This valuable time in foster care also provides the rescue to learn if the dog likes the company of other dogs, kids or cats. If any behaviour issues surface, especially if the dog was mistreated in its previous life, foster care could assist the dog to overcome any obstacles.

A rescue organizations sole responsibility and focus is to find loving forever homes for dogs. A great rescue will know a dogs personality inside and out long before they put a dog up for adoption. If a dog needs more time in foster care, a responsible rescue will give that dog as much time as it needs. That time can be a few weeks or even a few months.

I have witnessed dogs that have been surrendered to Animal Rescue Coalitions stay in foster care for close to a year. Many responsible rescues I support have done the same. Disappointment and heartbreak happen when a rescue moves a dog too quickly to a new home. Recently, I spoke with a man, and he shared his heartbreaking story with me.

He and his wife contacted a shelter in the states. They were interested in a dog they read about online. Drivers in the states organized travel for the dog, and the couple picked up the dog at the border. Once they got the dog home, it was more than apparent the dog was nothing like its online profile. The family was devastated after living with the dog for one week.
When you consider adopting a dog, ask the rescue as many questions as possible. A great rescue will be forthcoming and honest with you as they do not want a dog returned after they are adopted. These dogs have already been let down by society. If a rescue stipulates that a dog does not like cats or that the dog must be the only pet in your house, or has high energy, these are essential facts you need to know before you decide to adopt.

Ask the rescue questions such as; the dog's past life, their personality, likes and dislikes, health issues, grooming needs, activity level, separation anxiety and anything else that you feel will help you make the right decision for your family. A great rescue will work closely with you and help you bring the perfect dog home.

”My goal is to love my rescue dog so much that she never remembers the humans that didn't want her.” – Unknown.

Please be kind to animals.

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