Before You Adopt

Can you afford a pet?

The average cost of owning a dog is upwards of $700 per year.  Annual exams, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea prevention, dog food, all cost money.  Even if your dog is very healthy, there are expenses to consider.  And, if your dog gets sick, medical costs can accumulate quickly.  Be sure a pet will fit into your budget.  You may want to explore options like pet insurance or credit cards designed just for veterinary expenses, like CareCredit.

Do you have room in your home and life for a pet?

Pets require attention and care. They need exercise, mental stimulation, affection, and companionship.  They also shed on your furniture sometimes or pee on your rugs.  You have to be prepared for accidents and adjustments to your routine.  In return, a dog will give you unconditional love and loyalty, and hopefully many years of friendship. The exchange is well worth it.

Why are you adopting?

Does your child want a dog?  We are ok with that, but you must be the primary caregiver, and probably will be for the rest of his or her life.  Keep in mind that you are providing a home for an unwanted animal, not only to provide a playmate for your child, or a companion for another pet, but to give that dog a safe haven from here on out.

Do you like the breed you are considering?

Please research the breed information for the pet you are considering.  Different breeds have different characteristics and behaviors – choose a breed that fits with your lifestyle and your family.

What is your dog ownership philosophy?

We don’t really believe in the concept of “outside” dogs. Our dogs live indoors as part of our families.  Of course we allow them outside into fenced yards, or dog parks, or for walks, but we do not leave them chained outside, or leave them 24/7 in outdoor pens. That is not our idea of how companion animals should be treated. If you are getting a dog to act as a burglar alarm in your yard, please don’t. They are living creatures, worthy of respect and affection and caring. We will not adopt to people who plan to keep their dogs outside, or who currently have dogs living outside all the time.

*Adapted with permission from Belly Rubs Basset Rescue

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