You’ve decided you are going to adopt a dog. Even better, you are going to rescue one from a local shelter. Choosing to rescue a dog and provide it with a loving forever home is one of the kindest things you can decide to do. However, how do you know what shelter to adopt from? They may all seem the same on paper. However, it is essential to do your research and understand what you are looking for when choosing which animal shelter to adopt from.
Here are five things to look for when selecting an animal shelter to rescue your dog from.
#1 - Do You Get To Meet The Dog First?
If you are bringing a dog into your home, make sure it’s the right fit. It’s important that the shelter you are looking at lets you meet and play with the dog before taking them home. If you have kids, it’s even more important that they get to interact to ensure the dog plays well with children. Most shelters will welcome these types of visits, but it’s important to ask beforehand.
#2 - Do They Offer Proof Of Vaccinations?
Any reputable shelter should be able to prove that the dog you are adopting is up to date on all of their vaccinations. You should never accept a dog that is unvaccinated due to the health risk it poses to you and your family. If the shelter you are speaking to cannot provide this proof or admits they adopt out unvaccinated pets, then you will have to walk away from them. This type of request is standard and can be easily provided by most shelters.
#3 - Is The Dog Spayed or Neutered?
All adopted dogs, regardless of age, should be spayed or neutered by the shelter that rescued them. Again, this is a common, straightforward request that will be fulfilled by any credible shelter. It has been proven that spaying or neutering your pet early on can prevent various infections and cancers. If your shelter skips over this common and important practice, that is a red flag that needs to be taken seriously.
#4 - What Does Google Have To Say?
Nothing beats a customer review when it comes to learning more about a company. However, any reviews the shelter puts on their website or social media pages will be of the positive variety. To learn the truth, type “name of shelter + reviews” into Google and look at what comes back. Remember, even the best shelters are bound to have negative reviews. The key is to look for a trend of similar positive or negative reviews. That will give you an idea of what most past customers have thought about that particular shelter.
#5 - What Is The Atmosphere Like?
When you arrive at the shelter, take inventory of what the atmosphere is like. Are the people you are dealing with kind or pushy? Does it seem like they genuinely care about where the dogs are going, or is it more like a salesman trying to close as many deals as possible? A good shelter will let you take your time to get to know the dog and even place a “hold” on them so additional