Adopting a dog or any pet from a rehoming center is a noble thing to do. It is important to remember that the animals that require rehoming are likely to require additional time when it comes to settling into their new surroundings.
Not only are they going to be in the company of strange people, but there are going to be new smells and noises that they will not be used to, and even more so if they have been living at the rehoming center for quite a while.
You and those that you share your home with are going to have to be patient with your newfound friend, and you may find that there are toilet issues, to begin with. This could be due to stress and anxiety or just being in unfamiliar surroundings.
You may have to undergo a home inspection before the rehoming center say that you can definitely adopt one or more of their residents. This is nothing to be frightened of. Indeed it is an important part of making sure that the pet that you choose is right for you, your family, and your home.
It is important that you have everyone who lives in your household available for the home visit so that the inspector can meet everyone and talk to them about your possible new arrival. Questions are inevitable, especially when all the adults in the household are working and the adopted pet is likely to be left alone for long periods of time.
Choosing your companion
It is important that you choose a companion that is right for you, your situation, and your lifestyle. Many pets that are up for adoption have been given up due to them not being able to fit in with their previous owners. Whether it is because they do not get on with other pets or find children scary or intimidating, or they are just uncomfortable around them.
When you are thinking of adopting a pet, you do still need to complete your research into what breed is best for your home, as different breeds do have certain characteristics. For instance, colliers are working dogs, just like springer spaniels, they require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to stop them from getting bored and destructive, so being left at home on their own is not necessarily a good idea – unless, of course, you do not like your furniture much.
Getting them home
Once you have been approved for adoption, you will have to source your new arrival and bring it home. Of course, the best way is to go fetch your new friend, but if you are unable to due to not having a vehicle, for instance, there are businesses that offer quality dog transport, such as Shiply.
There is an additional bonus to this as it also means that if you can not find the companion that you are looking for in your local shelter, you will be able to look a bit further afield in the hope of finding them there.