Dogs need families. Dog adoption connects dogs who have been rescued from poor conditions to loving families who can give them the security of a forever home.
Is Dog Adoption Right for You?
If you are unsure whether you can handle the needs of a dog who may have been abused or neglected in the past, visit your local BCSPCA branch or animal rescue shelter. The experts at these facilities can tell you what to expect in terms of behaviour issues and training challenges. They can also connect you to others in your community who have experience working with rescue pets -a local support system is essential!
The right dog for your family may not be at the shelter on your first visit. Dog adoption requires patience! Ensuring the right personality match is important for your family and for the dog you will be adopting. Ask your local BCSPCA or rescue shelter to update you when new pets arrive, or make a point of stopping by for a visit every few weeks to meet any new dogs. You can even search online for pets (not just dogs) who need homes by using the BCSPCA Pet Search tool.
The Process of Adopting a Dog
Dog adoption involves more than simply visiting a shelter, choosing a pet, and taking them home. For example, the BCSPCA requires that prospective forever families complete an adoption application and attend an interview with an SPCA representative. The BCSPCA has a pre-adoption checklist that they recommend people read before applying to adopt a pet. If, after reading the checklist, you are unsure about committing to adoption, the BCSPCA has foster dogs in need of temporary homes. Providing foster care for a dog will help you determine whether your family is ready to give a needy dog a forever home.
Focus on the Happy Endings!
Although the process of dog adoption requires careful thought, many of Doggie Detail customers have adopted dogs -and would do so again in an instant! If you need some inspiration to get you through the challenges of adopting a pet, check out the stories of happy endings on the BCSPCA website.
If you have a dog adoption story, we’d love to hear it. Tell us your story in the comment section below!