Adopt a Puppy
When considering bringing home a new puppy, adoption can be a wonderful option. Statistics show that there are approximately 8 to 10 million homeless animals and adoption provides a second chance for an animal to be in a loving, caring environment.
You will find a wide variety of dog breeds available, including mixed-breeds, that all have the potential to be excellent pets. When beginning your search, always ask yourself this very important question: What type of puppy or dog would best suit my home and lifestyle? Research is extremely important, giving valuable information on breed types, characteristic traits, and amount of activity and exercise required. Adopting a puppy will require a lot of time and research, but you will also find it to be a worthwhile endeavor.
Another important question to ask yourself is whether you would be better suited adopting a puppy or a grown dog. Both have their pros and cons and it really comes down to what is best for you and your family. Puppy adoption requires a good amount of time in training and housebreaking; however, you will also have the benefits of getting to know your puppy from the beginning and having an advantage of early bonding.
Pet adoption also has benefits. Grown dogs have had a head start with training and housebreaking and you will have the advantage of seeing the dog's personality right away.
Talking to your local veterinarian is extremely beneficial when looking into animal adoption. They are an excellent reference when searching for reputable animal shelters and rescue groups. Take your time when searching for a new puppy or dog and spend time visiting several shelters. When visiting animal shelters, ask important questions such as: How long has the animal been in the shelter? Do they know the reasons why the animal was given up for adoption? Are there any known behavioral or health problems? Can they give you information on the dog's history, gender, breed, and age? What is their return policy if keeping the animal does not work out?
Good shelters will do all they can to ensure you are bringing home a happy, healthy pet.
When you adopt a puppy or dog, puppy adoption centers will usually require some background information concerning previous and current pets you own, how much time you will be able to spend with the pet, your living conditions, and if the animal will have access to a yard.
Adoption fees will vary, depending on where you live, but can run from $50 to $150.
Remember that animal adoption is a loving, caring choice that gives a second chance to a happy, healthy home.
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