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Thinking of Adoption?

"Between 2016 and 2022, the percentage of U.S. households who own dogs increased by 6.1 percentage points, from 38.4% to 44.5%"-Forbes Advisor. Although it is tempting to go straight to an adoption center, think through each one of these points to consider before you do adopt. Talk through each section with those who will be involved with this animal as well to make sure you are all in agreement to adopt.

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What is your housing situation?

In order to safely house a dog as a pet make sure you have room for it to exercise and run around as well as a place to sleep and play.

  • Are you renting or owning your house? Will this change as a result of owning this dog?

Many adoption centers require landlord approval before you adopt a dog if you rent your home. It is always smart to have a conversation with your landlord before thinking of adopting.​

Are financially stable?

Are your finances stable enough to commit to a dog for around 10 years? "Dog owners spend an average of $730 a year on their dogs"-Forbes Advisor. This cost is not including veterinarian help. Ensure you have the ability to invest around this sum of money each year your dog is alive.

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Are you able to find free time to spend with your dog?

Although each breed is different (click this link to find a perfect breed for you), on average "dogs should get a minimum of two hours of dedicated social time with humans or other dogs on a daily basis"-American Kennel Club

What is your training plan for the dog?

Are you able to commit to training your dog to a certain level of training that you desire? Local training is significantly more effective than online. Be sure to reach out to local training centers before looking online.

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How will this adoption play out long term?

Are you able to care for this dog for their whole life? What does your life look like for the next 10-15 years? Will you be able to commit to this dog for these years?

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