With so many pooches out there in desperate need of a little TLC (Tender, Loving, Care), its quite easy as a dog lover to want to help them all, consequently becoming totally absorbed in the care and affection of a furry canine companion.
Whether you are thinking of bringing home a rescue dog, or volunteering with your local dog rescue group, below are some tips to keep in mind that I’ve compiled from around the web.
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Determine what your motivation is and whether or not you have the time and energy to fully commit to a dog rescue.
Communication is key! Have you talked about your dog rescue decision with family and friends and anyone else who may be impacted? If you are bringing home a rescue dog, there are literally dozens of ways in which your entire family unit will be affected. Make sure everyone is on board, so that you have as smooth a transition as possible.
Thinking of volunteering at a local organization, make sure you have communicated with the organizers about your purpose for volunteering and share some of the things you are hoping to gain from the experience. Likewise, get as much information about the organization and what they will be expecting of you as a volunteer.
You can utilize resources like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to find out about dogs in need of rescue in your local shelter. Click this link to learn more.
If you’re thinking of volunteering with a local organization in your community, keep in mind that you can be called upon at any time to do a doggy transport run, pet-sit, help organize an event, foster a dog, or even fundraise. To get started on your volunteer journey, click here to learn more.
#4. Doggy Safety
You want to make sure that your home is puppy/dog proofed so your new best friend will be safe in their new surroundings. From cabinet and trashcan locks, to pee pads, wires and pet gates. Click here to learn more about puppy/dog proofing your home.
#5. Reputable Rescue
Ensure that you are working with a reputable dog rescue facility. A reputable organization needs to “keep the lights on” but they’re not out to get filthy rich, so if the adoption costs are sky-high, you may need to do a little more research. You can learn more about responsible adoption by clicking here.
It’s all about maintaining a sense of order in your home when you bring home your rescued dog. No doubt, the dog will be going through their share of anxiety being in a new surrounding. Therefore, don’t overwhelm them with extra new faces (that don’t live in the household) all at once. Instead, gradually introduce your new family pet to their extended family.
As the old saying goes, “patience is a great virtue”. Simply put, this means your new furry family member may take a while to get adjusted to their new surroundings. Be patient. The end result will be so worth the wait! You can learn more about creating a bond with your dog by clicking this link.
I hope you enjoyed this article and got some useful tips to get you started or maybe even rejuvenate your passion for dog rescue!
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