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There are so many kinds of dogs just waiting to be adopted from the animal shelter and we are not only talking about sizes and breeds here, but temperaments too.
Checking out the mixed varieties and interesting characters is a great experience for all of the family when from all of the available dogs you make your choice about which one you are going to take home with you.
Generally speaking the dogs you see within the animal shelter tend to be older dogs and with any luck they are already house-trained prior to you taking them on.
These dogs are perfect for households with busy schedules and not a lot of time to devote to a puppy on a daily basis in order to allow the animal to become properly socialized.
More often than not, as well as being house-trained the older dog has usually had some obedience training of one kind or another and this coupled along with the fact that they have had their vaccinations and been spayed or neutered, makes them the ideal family pet for many people.
So, you have made your decision and chosen your dog - where do you go from here?
You will probably have to pay a fee to adopt the dog. It's not very expensive and you can be sure that the money you pay will be put to good use by way of support to the animal shelter, the care of the animals still waiting to be homed and the staff who look after them.
Paying this fee is a good idea as it stops people popping down to the shelter and choosing a dog when they are not 100% committed to taking on the responsibility of a new pet.
It's sad but true - when you hand over money to adopt a dog the animal is likely to be cared for much better than if no charge is made at all.
Health records are usually available from the animal shelter if the history of the dog is known.
However, quite a few of the dogs that end up in the shelter are strays from the streets so health wise you are taking pot luck with these dogs really.
This, accompanied by the fact that your dog has probably been in contact with other dogs at the shelter that may be diseased is a good enough reason to get the dog checked over by your vet at the earliest convenience.
When you take your pet for the first vet's appointment, take any medical records the shelter gave you showing vaccination dates and details of any treatment administered during the dogs stay in the shelter, along with a sample of the dog's faecal waste for testing.
If you are in any doubt about whether your dog has already had the necessary vaccinations or not, it won't hurt for the dog to be re-vaccinated and this is a far safer action to take than no action at all.----------------------------------------
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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