We're well on our way to adopting our dog. We went out this weekend and bought a lot (A LOT) of stuff ranging from dog food to toys to a crate. We spent hours yesterday reorganizing the girls' bedroom to minimize future toy damage. We created space in the house for the crate and dog stuff.
We're going to the shelter tonight to submit our application and ask about our favorite dogs from the shelter's web site. Our top choice isn't on the website any more. He was there on Friday, but gone today. On the one hand, I'm a bit sorry we won't get to see him. On the other hand, if he was adopted, I hope he found a good home.
We're adopting an older dog, which has generated quite a bit of conversation from people asking why we didn't go for a puppy. Basically, I was the one who didn't want a puppy. I'm not up for having another baby right now, and the reality is that having a puppy in the house is like having another baby. The other reason is that there are so many older dogs available for adoption. I think these dogs are most often overlooked because they are older. We're going to take a dog someone else couldn't care for and give it a forever family.
Adoptapet.com has five good reasons to adopt a shelter pet. I would say we agree with all of them, except the second part of #2. We want to save an animal, but we're not looking for public kudos. Just having a pet we love and who love us will be enough.
From adoptapet.com, here are five more reasons shelter pets are win-win for owner and pet.
1. When you adopt an adult animal, you can see his/her size and temperament. This helps ensure that the pet is right for you and your family.
2. It feels great to know you have saved an animal’s life and everyone you meet will give you kudos for that for years to come.
3. Adopted pets are very loyal and know they have been given a new home. They understand the stress of moving from place to place and when they are introduced to routines they will really open up and appreciate your choice to adopt.
4. Adopting a pet can be an important lesson to teach your children-- both about the value of life, and also about civic responsibility and even recycling- in this case recycling a living and loving animal into a new home.
5. Choosing a mixed breed animal can help avoid many of the genetic health problems that have developed in purebred animals due over breeding and inbreeding.