How To Find Your Perfect Rescue Dog
Malcolm Lowery Photography
Are you ready to adopt a furry companion? There are so many benefits to being a dog owner, it’s fun, rewarding, and can even make you healthier! While adding a new pup to your family is super exciting, it’s important to make sure you are prepared to take on the responsibility as well. Check out this blog on things to consider when choosing to be a responsible dog owner.
We recently adopted our pup, a Great Pyrenees mix named Teddy (pictured below) from a rescue group in Dallas called Paws In The City. We looked for about two months before deciding Teddy was the perfect fit for us. There are lots of different ways to add a new pup to your home, but after our long search I thought I’d share why we are so happy we chose adoption, and some of the information we found along the way!
Photo from Kathy Lowery Photography
The number one reason to adopt a rescue dog is that you are saving a life! Shelters are often taking in so many dogs that they can’t hold them all, and every person that adopts gives a dog that may not have made it a second chance. Here are some stats on how many dogs came through Dallas Animal Services just this year. Trying to decide if adoption is for you? Check out this blog on why adopting can be super rewarding and even save you money!
Photo from Dallas Animal Services
Finding your perfect match
There are several ways to find your perfect rescue pup. If you are looking to take one home ASAP, check out local shelters like Dallas Animal Services. They have lots of dogs at their facility, and have off site adoption events almost every week in the community as well. This is a great way to go out and meet multiple different dogs in person, and a lot of times you are able to take them home the same day. If you are someone who likes doing a little more research before committing to a pet, going through a rescue group may be the move for you. You can look through a variety of dogs online, and since they have spent some time with a foster, rescue groups usually have more info on the specific dog’s temperament, whether they are house trained, if they would be good around kids or other pets, etc. Rescue groups typically have a more intensive application process than shelters, and may require a home visit to make sure you and the dog are a good fit for one another. Looking for a puppy or specific breed? Don’t let that discourage you from adopting! There definitely are puppies in shelters and there are breed specific rescue groups as well, so just search for the breed and your city and see if there is one near you! We adopted my family dog, Kodi (pictured in the header), as a puppy!
What are rescue groups?
Rescue groups save dogs and give them temporary housing until they find their forever home. Rescue groups typically make sure any medical issues are taken care of, all dogs are spayed/neutered, and are up to date on shots.
Here are some of the awesome rescue groups in Dallas
- Dallas Pets Alive
- Angie’s Friends
- Paws in the city
- Cody's Friends
- There are also tons of breed specific rescues if you are looking for one type of dog in particular
Not ready to adopt? Apply to be a foster! All of these rescue groups are foster based and need people to give pups some love and a place to stay while they find their forever homes! If the pet you are fostering has any medical issues this will be paid for by the rescue group, you just provide the love! Often times you can foster to adopt as well, so if you want to make sure a pet is a good fit before they become permanent family member, inquire about fostering them first.
Bringing your pet home
Once you’ve found your perfect match and are ready to bring them home, make sure you check out this blog on bringing your new pet home with Camden! Camden apartments know that pets are like family and many communities have great pet perks like bark parks, paw spas and events just for your furry friend. Most also keep treats in the office so you can both look forward to your trip in for your morning coffee! Remember that everything is foreign to your new dog and if you are rescuing they may have had a rough time before you brought them home, so be patient, and be ready for lots of love!