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Dog Adoption Checklist
So you have decided to adopt a dog, wonderful! Not only are you saving a life, you are giving a dog a second chance and a forever loving home! Before you adopt your new friend, take a look at the Dog Adoption Checklist below. It is very important that you adopt a dog that best fits your life style and personality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more you know, the better!
Find out as much information about the dog you are considering as possible. Was he a stray? Did his former owner “turn him in?” Background information can help you and your new friend adjust as you begin your new life together.
If the dog was a “turn in” by a former owner…why?
How old is the dog you are adopting? It is often difficult to find out the exact age of a shelter dog, however, a veterinarian should be able to give you an educated guess.
Does the dog have any known medical or behavioral issues? If so, are they extreme? It is always good to know in advance of any medical issues you may have to deal with (from both a cost and time perspective).
Has the dog shown aggression towards other animals? This is especially important to find out if you have other pets at home!
Close to 5 million dogs are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes for them! Please consider adopting a new friend! You won't regret it!
How long has the dog been living at the shelter? Dogs that stay in shelters for long periods of time often need to re-learn some behaviors…like going “potty” outside!
What are the exercise requirements of the dog you are considering? Be sure to get a dog that matches your life style! If you are a couch potato, a high energy dog that requires a lot of exercise may not be the best fit for you.
Last but not least, what is the shelter or rescue groups “return policy?” For any reason, if you need to return the dog, it is a good idea to know in advance the “official return policy.” Most (if not all) rescue groups insist that you return the dog directly to them. In fact, it is usually stated in the contract you sign with them during the adoption process.
Rescuing a dog is a noble and wonderful thing to do! Once you have decided to adopt, take your time, ASK QUESTIONS and get the pup that best fits your personality and life style. By doing this, you will ensure that you and your new friend will live together happily ever after.

1. Moving
2. Landlord Issues
3. No time for the dog
4. Cost
5. Personal problems such as divorce or illness
Top Five Reasons Why People Surrender
Their Dogs to Shelters and Rescue Groups
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