The lockdown in the UK has led to a puppy shortage as families look to welcome a new addition to their pack. While this means that more people will experience all the benefits that dog ownership offers, sadly, it’s feared the surge in sales will also lead to more dogs entering rehoming centres as the world returns to normality.
If you’re serious about getting a dog and have done your homework, there’s never been a better time to consider adopting. We’ve answered some common questions about dog adoption and listed some of the many reasons why it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Are rescue dogs fit and healthy?
Yes – if you rehome a dog from a reputable shelter like Battersea Dogs Home, they’ll arrive microchipped, neutered and with a full health check. This means they’ll be up to date on vaccines as well as worms and flea treatments. If they do have a pre-existing health condition, you’ll be given expert advice on how to manage it.
Is it too late to train a rescue dog?
No – some dogs will arrive at the shelter already trained by previous owners. Others will be given training while they’re waiting for a new home. You may even adopt a young puppy who will be keen to learn all kinds of tricks as long as there’s treats involved!
Don’t forget, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. It just requires a more patience, understanding and belly scratches.
Is it cheaper to get a rescue dog?
Yes – adoption fees are usually a fraction of the cost of a puppy, especially in 2020 as prices for popular puppy breeds have doubled in some cases. Plus, you’ll sleep soundly in the knowledge that your money will be used by your chosen rehoming centre to help improve the lives of more dogs.
Will I be able to get the breed I want?
Usually, yes – there’s a wide variety of dog homes and shelters to choose from in the UK which welcome pooches of all shapes and sizes through their door. Check the websites of your local animal shelters regularly. You may even be able to register your interest with them and be contacted when one of your preferred breeds comes up for adoption.
Are rescue centres closed due to COVID-19?
Many are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt. Lots of rehoming centres like Dogs Trust have created new procedures to help keep you and their staff safe when you’re picking a pooch. This usually involves virtual meetings with staff to make sure you’re a good match for the dog before visiting them at the centre.
We could write all day long about the benefits of actually owning a dog, but we’ve got shampoos to make! Here are some of the top reasons why rescuing a dog is a great idea:
- You’ll support a charity that cares for animals
- You’ll provide a better life for a dog who’s had a tough time
- You’ll help the fight against illegal puppy farms
- It’s a valuable life lesson for children
We’d love to see some four-legged friends that have been adopted. Send us a picture of your rescued pooch on social media using #Animology.