Just over a year ago, we lost our Taffy girl. A few months later, our family felt like we were ready to invite another dog into our home, and we adopted Trixie!
She is definitely a bright spot in our household, so as more people are restricted to their homes during troubling times, it’s no wonder that there’s been a surge in pet adoptions! Dogs have long been man’s best friend and a source of comfort and unconditional love.Adopting a Puppy or a Grown Dog During Quarantine! #adoption #adoptadog Click To Tweet
If you’ve been thinking about welcoming a new dog into your home during quarantine, here are some important considerations to keep in mind.
The Benefits of Adopting
For humans, the main benefit of adopting a dog during quarantine is the companionship. This is especially helpful for those who find themselves in social isolation while living alone. Dog ownership also has a lot of fascinating psychological benefits, including the reduction of stress and anxiety.
However, this surge in adoptions is having a positive ripple effect for the animals as well. It’s taken the burden off of shelters that are often overrun during the best of times, and introducing more dogs to a loving environment. It’s a win-win.
Adopting Puppies vs. Grown Dogs
There are pros and cons to adopting both puppies and grown dogs. Puppies require a lot of maintenance and tend to be in higher demand, while grown dogs get overlooked. Adopting a grown dog means that you’re more likely to get a calmer animal, but it could have lasting trauma from its previous life.
Talk to your local shelter to see what they recommend based on your family size, lifestyle, and whether there are other pets in your home.
Adoption vs. Fostering
An alternative to adoption is fostering. Rather than giving an animal a forever home, you’re creating a temporary safe space for your fostered dog to live. This helps ease the burden on shelters and ensure that these animals are getting lots of love while they wait to find their forever home.
Fostering is a great alternative if you want to adopt a dog for the duration of quarantine, but are feeling uncertain about your life afterward.
The Application Process
It’s important to remember that just because you want a dog, doesn’t mean that one will be handed over to you. There’s an application process put in place to help ensure that dogs are getting placed in the right home. This process reduces returns and puts a level of security in place for the animal.
The application process will often ask about your personal life, including your schedule and details about everyone who lives in the home. They may ask for references from non-family members as well.
Getting the Right Gear
Shopping is an interesting experience these days. Ensure that you have everything in place for your new family member while following the regulations in your area by shopping online. According to Pet Life, you will need:
- Food and water dishes
- Crate or carrier
- Grooming supplies
Having everything in place ahead of time will help create a smooth transition during these troubling times.
What to Expect
It’s important to remember that owning a dog is a lot of work. It may not be the dreamlike scenario you had pictured during your days in quarantine. Puppies tend to be up throughout the night and need to be housebroken, meaning there will be a few messes in your future. Your dog will require exercise and may bark a lot as there will be a lot of new smells and surroundings.
The adoption process may also be different than usual, as people practice physical distancing in accordance with local regulations. You may have to work around the shelter’s limited schedule, based on how many employees are there. Finding time to meet with the vet can also be challenging during this time.
It’s important to manage your expectations and practice patience when adopting a puppy or dog during the quarantine.
How You Can Help
Adopting a puppy or adult dog during quarantine can be a rewarding experience. However, if it’s not an option for you, consider donating food or supplies to your local shelter to ease the burden they’re currently facing.
Is doggy adoption on YOUR radar these days?
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