Rescues make the best pets because they crave the most attention from the lack of attention from their former owners. Rescues will give you the unconditional love that only a pet can give! Dogs live in the moment so they don’t remember the bad things that happen to them but it does take them some time to learn to trust and love again!
Most rescues adapt very well in a new home but some can take more time with their new surroundings. When you first bring them into their new home where you have other pets you make have to start with a separate meeting at first. Let them smell each other through a gated fenced area or in a kennel if they are brought home in a kennel. Once you let them smell each other they will do their little dog dance that all dogs do when they first meet. They will sniff and smell each other, wag their tails and even chase each other. They do this little doggie dance that sometimes looks like they are dancing. They get into a playful mode and may even bark at each other.
When bringing a new dog into your home, if you already own a female it is usually better to bring a male to be their companion because females always are more dominate than males and they will be the leader of the pack. If you have two females sometimes they could fight but then so could two males. If you let the dogs get use to each other they will decide whom is the dominate one and then the submissive dog will be the least aggressive and follow the other as its leader. As the owner of the pack you should learn to be calm and assertive and give discipline to the dog that is the most dominate because the dominate dog will know you are the leader and that dog will know how to interact better with the other dogs. If you are a hyper person then dogs will feed off of your hyperness and may be more hyper and harder to calm down around other dogs.
A new dog will learn quickly from the other dogs in your family the rules of the household. Rescues are usually more timid when they first come into new surroundings because they are scared because they have had to fend for themselves and that is all they know. Once they trust you then they will be your most devoted companions.
There are so many rescues because the pet population is out of control. If more people would become responsible and spay and neuter their dogs when they are puppies under the age of 12 weeks then there would be less dogs looking for homes. If you wanting to adopt a specific breed you can find many different breeds of rescues on www.petfinder.com. The website has rescues throughout the United States. You can find your state and the city closest to you. Then look at the dogs you like, email that rescue group and someone will contact you. Most rescues dogs are in shelters but about 75 % of the dogs now are located in foster homes because rescue organizations go to the local animal shelters and retrieve them and then have the fosters in their organizations foster them until they get adopted.
In order to adopt a rescue you will have to fill out an application and go through a screening process. Many rescue groups have weekend meet and greets at local pet stores such as Pet Smart. Some local veterinary clinics even hold the meet and greets so that people can see the dogs in person. Some fosters will allow you to take a specific dog you might like home on a temporary basis to see if that dog will work out with your other dogs and family members. Then if they do you will be given the adoption papers and pay your adoption fees. Adoption fees can range from $125 on up. Some animal shelters will even have very low adoption fees like $50.00. The adoption fees pay for heartworm medicine, spaying and neutering. Once the heartworm medicine has been exhausted you will then have to take your new dog to your vet to be retested for heartworms and he will then give you more heartworm medicine for your new family member. Heartworm treatments can be expensive so make sure you renew it with two months or you risk your dog getting heartworms.
Most small breed dogs are better with children over the ages of ten. Medium to large breed dogs are better suited to be raised with your own children. Many of the rescue groups will do home studies and come to your home to see how well the dog is adjusting to you and your family.
Adopting a rescue can be the most rewarding experience because even though you do not know the history of the rescue, once he learns to trust you and love you then you will have a friend for life! Steer clear of puppy mills because the majority of puppy mills dogs are usually not treated for heartworm or disease because puppy mill breeders are only doing it for the money and they don’t care about the dogs they have. Also do not adopt a dog you see on websites that do not have good reputations.
If you want to find the best rescue to adopt from, ask your friends or local vets. Most rescue groups will also ask that if you decide not to keep the dog to return the dog to them that way they can place them back in a foster home.
Remember if you want to become a pet owner it can be most rewarding experience but it is not cheap and it is a lifelong commitment so if you have a job that keeps you traveling a lot or if you are never home then becoming a pet owner is not a good idea. A rescue pet will give you years of unconditional love no matter what kind of dog or cat you adopt just remember that they are part of your family and not trash you can just throw away when they become too much to handle or you get tired of them. So be sure that before you adopt a rescue you are willing to love them for life because when you adopt them they will depend on you for their entire life and that could be ten or more years!