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It makes little difference whether a dog is free to a good home or a breed carrying a price tag of thousands of dollars, the fact is animals, just like people, have their imperfections either physically or psychologically and this is worth bearing in mind when you are choosing how to adopt a shelter dog.
If you are looking for faultlessness in every way, then the shopping mall selling stuffed toy dogs is probably better suited to you than the local shelter.
Of course, dogs at the shelter may appear to have high spirits and to be enjoying the best of health, but there is no guarantee that this will continue indefinitely.
However, the fact that your chosen pup may have fleas, puppy cough or other minor ailments should not put you off as these are, after all, basic issues that most dogs experience from time to time.
It will only take a little care and attention on your part for these situations to be overcome. Before you know it you will be showing your perfect specimen of a dog to all your friends and neighbors!
By this I don't mean you should only see the negatives. I am merely suggesting that when selecting the animal you wish to take into your home, the good health of that animal is something you should be looking for.
It's also a good idea to be critical about the condition of the center and to ask about any concerns you may have.
Does the center look clean, does it smell good and is it light and airy?
Are the dogs spaciously accommodated or are there many animals sharing cramped areas?
Are there lots of full water bowls for the dogs to take a drink?
As far as the staff are concerned - do you get the instant impression that they are keen animal lovers and enthusiastic about their work?
The way in which the animals respond to their approach is always a good indication here.
When considering all of the above questions and their answers, you will know whether the dogs are being cared for as they should be.
Not all shelters operate in a positive way and harsh treatment received at this delicate stage often causes stress and anxiety later on in the dog's life.
When visiting a dog shelter with a view to adopting an animal, don't let the bad condition of the place allow you to walk away without taking a dog.
If none of the dogs are suitable for you at this time, then at least do what you can to make their life a little better by informing the local authorities of your findings.
They will follow up your report with an investigation and hopefully this will put an end to the dogs being mistreated or having to live in run down conditions.
So we hope this has helped you discover how to adopt a shelter dog.----------------------------------------
If you're interested in adopting a Labradoodle, we strongly suggest you go to IDOG (International Doodle Owners Group) Rescue which is a excellent resource - and you can find tham at the link below:
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