Thinking of finding a new addition for your family? The process of rehoming a dog can be challenging, and though an exciting time, it is essential to consider a variety of factors.
At the Veterinary Centre, we welcome animals from all backgrounds into the practice. Our vets and nurses will go above and beyond when it comes to helping rescue animals feel settled and encouraging them to find their feet in a new home.
If you’re thinking of rehoming a dog in 2020, consider the following:
Research is Vital
No matter the breed, age or gender of the dog you are looking for, ensure you do your research. Things to think about:
- Which breed do you feel will suit your lifestyle the best?
- Do you lead a busy or quiet life? How many hours can you offer your pet? Do you have a garden or outdoor access?
- Do you have children, or are you looking to have children in the near future?
- Can you afford the ongoing food, care and veterinary costs that come with owning a dog?
Make sure that the type of dog you decide on isn’t just compatible with your life at the moment, look to a couple of years down the line. Your research can be of any form; asking friends/family who have experience of adopting and rehoming dogs, contacting your local animal charities to familiarise yourself with what the process may entail, or even simply doing an internet search.
Local, National or International?
When it comes to choosing whether you adopt on a local, national or international basis, you have to think of what will work best for you.
Local charities such as Dogs Trust and The SSPCA offer guidance and tips on their websites, but you also should phone to discuss directly how the adoption process works. They will also be able to let you know a little about the dogs they are sheltering at the moment, and if any might be suitable for you.
Adopting a dog from abroad is arguably more of a challenge. It is important to be aware you will have little idea of the conditions from which the dog has come – they aren’t likely to be socialised, and will often have spent much of their lives living on the streets. If you are considering rehoming from a charity abroad, ensure that the organisation you choose is reputable.
If you do decide to adopt internationally, it is vitally important to ensure that your dog has all of the appropriate papers, microchipping and vaccinations before you adopt them.
Open Minded and Practical
Though you may start searching for a specific type of pet, it is most likely going to be the case that the dog you rehome doesn’t meet your original ‘tick list.’ Therefore, when considering rehoming – open mindedness is key! It can take time, but the right dog will find you if you continue searching for you and your household.
Rehoming vs Buying a Puppy
The debate between buying a new puppy and rescuing a dog will forever have its arguments for and against. All that is important is that every dog is given a chance to lead the best life it can. It is important to recognise that just because you buy from a registered breeder, doesn’t mean that your puppy will be any healthier or better behaved than a rescue.
The most important part of rehoming an animal in need is that you are providing a lost animal with a forever home where they will be fed, cared for and loved. Though it’s not a decision to be taken lightly, it is a truly rewarding experience.