Why Dogs End Up In Animal Shelters!

Why Dogs End up in Shelters!

So, youโ€™re thinking about adopting a shelter dog, because you have so much love to give right?

Whatโ€™s better than manโ€™s best friend by your side?

Despite hardships, many dogs find their forever homes through adoption.

Yes, the joy of welcoming a new companion into your life is wonderful, and bringing home a shelter dog can be a heartwarming experience filled with love.

Adopting a shelter dog is a decision that requires preparation, but first letโ€™s look at why dogs end up in shelters.

๐Ÿ”บ Dog outlived its owner.
๐Ÿ”ถ Dog ran away.
๐Ÿ”บ Owner moved to a place that doesn’t allow pets.
๐Ÿ”ถ Owner has a new baby and no time to dedicate to the dog.
๐Ÿ”บ Dog shows destructive behavior (separation anxiety or chewing) due to owners not having time to train.
๐Ÿ”ถ Owner can’t pay the vet bills.
๐Ÿ”บ Family members have allergies.
๐Ÿ”ถ Owner has an illness and can no longer provide proper care.
๐Ÿ”บ Dog doesn’t get along with kids or other pets in the household.
๐Ÿ”ถ Owner wants a puppy, so they relinquish their older dog.

Do Your Research!

Do Your Research Before Adopting a Shelter Dog!Beyond providing a loving home, itโ€™s important to understand the commitment involved and ensure that you are ready for the many responsibilities.

Before adopting a shelter dog, it’s crucial to examine your daily habits, to determine if adopting a dog aligns with your intentions.

Itโ€™s crucial to research various breeds and temperaments to find a dog that fits well with your lifestyle, and that will get along with other animals you already have living in your home.

Visit local shelters with an open mindset and a compassionate heart, and take the needed time to interact with different dogs, observing behaviors.

Remember each dog comes to the shelter with its own unique story.

Adopting a shelter dog into its forever home, is a long-term commitment that requires dedication, patience, and financial responsibility.

Time and proper finances are required for things such as food, grooming, and veterinary care.

Training is another key component of responsible dog ownership and not just about teaching commands and tricks, but also fostering mutual understanding between you and your dog.

Socializing your dog with other animals and people, can make you feel more comfortable when you go on walks or in other situations involving other dogs.

Questions To Ask The Shelter!

Here are some things you may want to ask about the dog you are considering adopting.

๐ŸคŽ Were they returned from a previous adoption?
๐Ÿฉต Why are they at the shelter now?
๐ŸคŽ How long have they been at the shelter?
๐Ÿฉต Do they have behavioral problems like excessive barking, separation anxiety, chewing, digging, etc.?
๐ŸคŽ Do they like car rides?
๐Ÿฉต What breed is the dog and what’s the temperament like?
๐ŸคŽ Have they ever been left alone?
๐Ÿฉต Do they bite?
๐ŸคŽ Are they crate trained?
๐Ÿฉต Do they have medical issues?
๐ŸคŽ Are they healthy?
๐Ÿฉต Have they been to a groomer before?
๐ŸคŽ Have they been leash trained?
๐Ÿฉต What commands do they respond to?
๐ŸคŽ Are they potty trained?
๐Ÿฉต Are they microchipped?
๐ŸคŽ What kind of food do they eat?
๐Ÿฉต Do they have allergies?
๐ŸคŽ What are their favorite toys?

Questions The Shelter May Ask You!

Here are some question the shelter may ask you, if you’re considering adoption.

๐Ÿ•ต Do you have children?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ How old are your children?
๐Ÿ•ต Have you previously owned a dog?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Do other animals reside in your home?
๐Ÿ•ต Can you devote time to walking and playing with the dog on an ongoing basis?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ How many hours a day will you be away from your dog?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Can you walk the dog around your neighborhood?
๐Ÿ•ต Where will the dog sleep?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Do you have other pets, who might not get along with a new pet?
๐Ÿ•ต Have you researched this particular breed and will they get along with your other pets in the household?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Can you afford spaying or neutering to keep pet population under control?
๐Ÿ•ต Do you have time for training?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Can you devote daily time to walking or playing with your pet?
๐Ÿ•ต Can you afford pet food, supplies, and vet bills?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Do you have a fenced yard for the pet to play in?
๐Ÿ•ต Will a dog be secure in your home?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Do you have a reliable car that can hold a crate or fit a pet barrier?
๐Ÿ•ต Are family members allergic to pets?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Do you work inside the home?ย  If not, how many hours will you be away each day?
๐Ÿ•ต Are you prepared for a puppy peeing on a rug?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Can you pet proof your home, just in case your pet likes to chew?
๐Ÿ•ต Is a puppy a good choice or would an older pet be better?
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Who will watch your pet when you’re on vacation or at work?

There are many things to think about before leaping into adoption.

Do thorough research before making a final commitment to adopt a dog.

It’s best to have a clear plan in place beforehand.

Like a child, your dog depends on you to meet its needs and to be there and love them for life.


If youโ€™ve made the decision to adopt, there are supplies that you will need beforehand:

๐Ÿ› Dog beds
๐Ÿช€ Toys
๐Ÿง† Proper nutritious food based on their age
๐Ÿฅ• Healthy treats
๐Ÿฅ… The correct sized crate
๐Ÿ’ฉ Poop bags
๐Ÿชฎ Brush
๐Ÿงซ Water and food bowls

Having the right supplies before your dog comes to her forever home, is a good start to making them more comfortable in their surroundings.

Be Mindful!

Be Mindful When Adopting a Shelter Dog!By approaching the adoption process with intention and the proper mindset, you can provide a loving and stable home.

Remember, the decision to adopt a shelter dog is about changing their life and yours for the better.

Each year, too many animals end up in shelters in the United States.

It’s sad to think of so many unwanted pets around the world.

Many pets lived in what they thought were forever homes, with their forever families, and then suddenly they weren’t.

It’s hard to think about.

Please be mindful when adopting a shelter dog!

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive“. – Gilda Radner

TOPIC: Why Dogs End Up In Animal Shelters!


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