Adopting a dog

Adopting a dog

Adopting a dog

My brother-in-law’s dog is big and shaggy and has a great nose. A couple of days ago, his family got it home and it had a bandage wrapped around its nose. It sniffed its new location, ran up the stairs and into their apartment, and then quickly came back down without a rose. Yes, the dog followed its nose straight to some fresh, juicy hibiscus that was growing in the flower pot beside their front door.


ady have a tidy handful of adoption agencies bookmarked online or in their social media queues. But if you spend less time scrolling through furry faces online than the rest of us, compile a list of 8–10 shelters or rescue organizations near you. Look for those registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and do your due diligence on their website, social media, and any media mentions you can find to ensure your pup comes from a spot that treats their animals well and sources them ethically. Websites like PetFinder and Adopt-a-Pet can help connect you with lists of pets at nearby shelters and rescue organizations.

ht now, remember that won't always be the case. Bell recommends crate training so they have a safe and secure place to chill out both while you're away and whenever they need some me time. "We suggest leaving your pet alone for several times during the day for varying lengths of time," says Bell. "Dogs pick up on habits very quickly so put the dog in the crate at many different times, for durations ranging from 5 minutes to a few hours, when they can see you, when they cannot see you — and always put a favorite toy or safe chew toy in there with them." (Source: www.goodhousekeeping.com)


Speaking from experience, Fratt notes that a lot of people like to think they're more active than they actually are. "They're actually not going out and really hitting the trails all day, every day in a way that some of these really, really high-energy dogs do need." Molina advises, "You might say something like, 'I'm working from home right now. I don't need a dog walker. But when I go back to work, I intend to send my dog to day care or get a local dog walker to come visit when I'm at work.' ... People who are demonstrating long-term thinking, those [people] are going to stand out more than people who are kind of impulse-applying for a dog."

The adopter agrees to see a licensed Veterinarian within fourteen (14) days of the adoption for a physical examination of the adopted animal. Any adopter of an animal from an Animal Control Center may exchange such animal for another of the same species and sex within 14 days from date of adoption if said animal has been examined by a veterinarian or by an authorized representative of the Executive Director of the Commission on Animal Care and Control and found to be physically or otherwise defective, or unadaptable to the home of the adopter, but no refund shall be made if exchange shall be declined by the adopter. (Source: www.chicago.gov)


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