This website is dedicated to Golden Retrievers because I had a Golden Retriever that I loved dearly.
I also had a mixed breed, Smokey, that I also loved dearly. We adopted Smokey from a shelter. He was our dog before Buddy.
My boys wanted a puppy and we wanted to give a shelter dog a home.
Getting My Shelter Puppy
So we went to a nearby shelter and asked to see puppies up for adoption. There was this 10 week old puppy. He was so cute. He kept jumping on us which was a sign for us to take him home.
We had to fill out papers about ourselves, our lifestyle and would we have enough time to spend with the puppy. After the application was approved and we paid a small fee, we took the puppy home.
Smokey was a great family pet. That cute little ball of fur grew to be 110 lbs. I didn’t care. I love big dogs. We had 10 wonderful years with Smokey. Unfortunately, at the age of 10, Smokey got cancer and died.
Smokey had to have his spleen removed. When they opened him the cancer had spread. Then one day, I think he waited until everyone was out of the house, he laid down and died.
That shelter dog gave us as much love as Buddy did.
I wonder what would have happened to Smokey if we didn’t adopt him.
There is a myth about shelter dogs. Not every shelter dog has issues. Shelter dogs are strays, abandoned, lost or surrendered. Some are friendly, active, playful and loving dogs that were surrendered through no fault of their own. Yes, some are abused, broken or problematic. The have been through traumatic experiences and need more medical or behavioral care.
Shelters have mix breed dogs and pure breeds. They have dogs of all sizes and ages.
Rescue organizations have all dogs checked by a veterinarian. They also assess the pet’s personality and behaviors to match pets with the ideal owners.
Puppy Or Adult Dog
Now the question is whether to adopt a puppy or adult dog?
If you choose to adopt a mixed puppy, you will not know the personalty of the puppy. You will also not know how big the puppy will grow. Also, if you adopt a puppy, it will be up to you to have it spayed or neutered. Puppies also require a lot of training.
Choosing an adult dog that is house broken and knows basic commands maybe a better fit for you. An adult dog has probably grown to its full size, which is important if the dog’s size matters to you. Hopefully, the adult dog has been spayed or neutered.
When Your Adopted Dog Comes Home
When your new dog or puppy comes home, it will probably be scared. It was probably in a pen or run with a few other dogs or puppies. Now it is alone. The new addition to your family needs time to get used to its new surroundings. Give your dog a space of its own, maybe a crate or even a room. The first few days your dog or puppy is home should be quiet with few visitors.
Puppy proof your house. Remove anything that may harm your puppy and all small items that can be easily swallowed.
Because of the living situation in shelters, your dog or puppy may have some bad habits. Chewing, urination, jumping and pulling are common problems. With some training, they can be corrected.
A no-kill shelter is a shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even what the shelter is full. No-kill shelters are dedicated to finding homes for as many pets as possible. Only terminally ill animals are euthanized. The consensus is the 90 percent of animals will be adopted. Volunteers, fundraisers, promotions and medical protocols keep these shelters running.
You Saved A Life
Your adopted puppy or dog will need a lot of love. In time it will give you love in return. Giving a shelter dog a home is a wonderful thing. Shelters give their animals the best care possible but there is nothing like a home and a family.
Most importantly, you saved a life.