The Beginners Guide: How To Adopt A Dog


By Rebecca McCraney

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If you have thought about adopting a dog, then now is the time! Spring is officially here, summer is right around the corner, and what better place to have a dog than here in Austin?

 

Adopting a dog is a fairly simple process, and there are several Austin rescue shelters and adoption centers that want to help you find the perfect dog as well as help the dog find a perfect home.

 

via Dogs of 512

 

Where to Begin?

 

The most important step in the adoption process is research. In order to find the right dog for you, you must research the different breeds to figure out what kind of dog best fits your personality and living situation. As college students, this step is especially important because of the busy schedules between school and work as well as the smaller living spaces with little to no backyard.

 

A good tip for college students interested in getting a dog is to adopt an older dog from a rescue shelter opposed getting a puppy. A puppy requires a lot of time and extra attention to properly train, whereas an older dog is already trained and can adjust easier to college life.

 

What is next?

 

Once you have decided on the type of dog you want, go to the Adopt a Pet website to search local shelters and adoption centers for that specific breed. Each shelter has its own process for adopting a dog. For example, Austin Pets Alive requires you to spend at least 30 minutes with the dog you want, meet with an adoption counselor, fill out an application, show your ID, and pay.

 

via. Austin Pets Alive

 

Austin Pets Alive, like many other shelters, are committed to not only taking care of these dogs, but they are also actively looking for safe, loving homes for their dogs.

 

What is left to do?

 

Take your dog to its new home, and throw it a welcome home party! Then show off your furry friend down town, at the dog park, at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants, and you can even take them to Sprinkles for their very own doggy cupcake!!

via New York Post

 

Overall, adopting a dog can be a great thing, but it’s also a big responsibility. Make a list of pros and cons and do your research to decide if getting a dog is the right decision for you. If you want more information on how to adopt a dog or whether or not you should adopt a dog, visit Austin Pets Alive.